Now that I'm a couple years out of college and married, my wife and I decided to have a kid. Below is a modified entry from my journal from a few months ago. Figured it was a good way to start off this little blogging project (it's out of date though, since we just found out yesterday that she's pregnant with a boy!!!). My wife and I have really been wanting to get pregnant. We have spent many nights discussing what we are going to do, and what steps we should take to try to get pregnant. It's frustrating when all your friends around you are getting pregnant, most of them unexpectedly, and we're trying really hard and nothing's working.
The problem we have is that we really want to have control over when we will be getting pregnant. Without some kind of tool, we knew that we could get pregnant anytime, or maybe it wouldn't happen at all. We also really do not want to go to a fertility specialist, even though we have been trying to get pregnant for a while now. We are hoping that we can figure this out on our own, using basic tools that we have found online.
Because of this, my wife and I sat down at our computer one evening to find out all we could about her body, her cycle and how ovulation works. We thought that learning about this would help us figure out the best time to get pregnant. At this point we came across something called an ovulation calendar online. This calendar let us create our own personal calendar for my wife that keeps track of when she ovulates, thus letting us know the best time to conceive. It seems like a much more personal method of tracking ovulation than the other methods we've come across.
Here's how the calendar works, because it's actually pretty cool. All you really need to do is input the first day of your last period, how long your cycle was, and sometimes the amount of days in your luteal phase. The calendar ends up somehow figuring out your basal body temp, which fairly accurately predicts when you ovulate every month. So, we thought this was a better approach than the old method of just going with when a woman "typically" ovulates. Getting pregnant for us is very, very important. It seems like it should be more accurate than guessing, so we are very hopeful!