August of 2011 I decided to go off of birth control because I wanted to start prepping my body for when we did decide to TTC for real. I wanted to make sure all the artificial hormones were out of my system and that my body was on it’s own natural clock. This is when I began tracking my periods and using the “Natural Family Planning” method. Granted I’ve always tracked my cycle but I got serious about it now. I started to research Natural Family Planning, cervical mucus consistencies, ovulation windows, basal temps, and all that crap.
First, I downloaded an app called “MyDaysX” which lets me track everything and then will predict my next ovulation and period based on previous cycles. THEN I came across Ovuline and was super excited!! This thing tracks it all!! (I switch between both of them.)
Second, I started figuring out when the “window of opportunity” was and AVOIDED IT, like the plague. We always did the “pull n pray” (as my Blonde Italian likes to call it) but even during the “window” it could be dangerous. No thanks.
Next, I started writing down the different cervical mucus for the day. I tell you what as soon as something is awry you can spot it a mile away. There’s 4-ish different consistencies to watch for. With all of this I got it down!! I know almost exactly what days to avoid.
The point of the tests are to confirm or deny if I am actually ovulating. I know all my signs but am not willing to risk “trying” to see if I’m ovulating. My frickin luck is one of two ways.
- I’ll get preggo on the first try even though I want to hold off til December. OR
- For avoiding having kids this long, God’s cruel joke will be that I’m incapable of having children.
I would like to know if I’m capable or not before risking it. My goal with the whole TTC scenario is I DO NOT want to waddle across the stage at graduation. I worked too damn hard and long to look like a beached whale when I receive my degree. Cuz that shit is going up in a frame on a wall with a pic of myself in my cap and gown looking gorgeous next to Mike! I refuse to look fat and bloated when I reach this milestone. But a pic of me puking behind the bushes from morning sickness doesn’t bother me as bad. LoL
Next month is the first attempt, we’ll see how it goes…