SMEP - feel free to join! :)

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danielasummer Tue 03-Dec-19 07:34:40

Hi everyone, just making this thread as it seems a few of us will be trying SMEP to TTC! Adding these lovely ladies in from another thread but I hope everyone feels free to join! All welcome smile

@Devgirl31 @fayy123 @NCON @MrsKJW19

Some stats about me:

TTC #1
27 years old, DH is 28 years old
Missed miscarriage in October 2019 at 7+2 weeks
Still in that cycle (no AF yet)
Long and irregular cycles, some anovulatory
Suspected low progesterone/hypothyroidism (I think this based on symptoms, not diagnosed yet!)

Hope we can all provide support for each other in this crazy TTC journey.

Feel free to introduce yourselves smile

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fayy123 Tue 03-Dec-19 08:16:51

Amazing! Aww sorry to hear about your MC. Hopefully this is our moth! Is this your first month of trying SMEP? X I’m already 2 days in. Started cycle 7 lol going to give myself a break today! Hopefully it works

NCON Tue 03-Dec-19 08:31:51

Hi all,

Thanks @danielasummer for making this new thread. I am sorry to hear about your missed miscarriage.

Hey @Fayy123 thought it was best to answer on here so there isn't confusion with the 2 threads. I'm on cycle 2 so same as yourself!

I'm 30 (31 next week) TTC #1, cycle 2 so still early days. CD 5 so gonna give SMEP a try for the first time, excited although I do hear it can be quite exhausting so I hope I keep up 😂

Fingers crossed this SMEP works for all of us! I have a good feeling about this month 🤞🏼

NCON Tue 03-Dec-19 08:34:32

Oh sorry @fayy123 I see you said cycle 7, I thought u had said this was your second cycle trying on last thread 🤦🏻‍♀️

fayy123 Tue 03-Dec-19 09:49:31

Sorry I meant it’s cycle day 7 for me! I’ve just started trying it’s also my second cycle trying x

TunnocksTcake Tue 03-Dec-19 09:54:54

ooh yay an SMEP thread!
I am 29, dh 32, we are ttc #1, cycle...7 I also had a MMC that was found at the 12 week scan in July, when foetus measured 7weeks. Tried for 2 months before i fell that time and I'm now on Cycle 5 since which is infuriating.
I'm on CD 15 and got my peak on CB digi this morning, a little earlier than expected, and after a spontaneous morning bd (which NEVER happens!) so we're on three days on the trot now.
Does it matter what time of day you do it? Just thought if we started with a morning bd do we have to carry on with mornings?!! fshock

fayy123 Tue 03-Dec-19 10:02:01

Also my first time trying SMEP X


danielasummer Tue 03-Dec-19 11:11:53

@fayy123 thanks lovely x worst time of my life but moving forwards now! Will never forget seeing that little heartbeat on the screen but I know a healthy pregnancy will happen to me one day smile

This cycle I've already ovulated (I think?) so will try next cycle if I get a negative HPT! Fingers crossed for you!! So tomorrow you begin your OPK testing right? x

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danielasummer Tue 03-Dec-19 11:13:14

@NCON no problem! Thanks for joining smile And thank you so much x I've also heard it can be exhausting haha only 3 more days until you begin OPKs! I think December has a good feel to it too! x

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danielasummer Tue 03-Dec-19 11:15:55

@TunnocksTcake welcome! So sorry to hear of your miscarriage.. here's a handhold, it's the absolute worst in the world isn't it flowers thinking of you.

So exciting that you BD and had your peak!! That is definitely a sign, isn't it?! Did you BD before you did your CB testing? So excited for you! Keep us updated! I don't think it matters what time of day as sperm can live up to 3 days (I think?) so if you BD tomorrow night, you should be fine (in my opinion). That is how we thought of it this cycle for us and we BD in the morning one day and night time the next x

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TunnocksTcake Tue 03-Dec-19 12:18:58

@danielasummer Thank you lovely, and sorry to hear of yours too. flowers it was a horrible time but as you say I am hopeful I will get my bfp one day. Fingers crossed we wont be waiting too much longer

I know I was shocked! We never do it in the morning, just really felt like it! And yes before I even did my CB test fgrin feeling well proud of myself haha!
Yes you're right I keep forgetting that once a day is actually pretty regular in the grand scheme of things and those 12 hours wont make much of a difference!! Hoping this will mean af is brought forward a few days as it was due on the day we are having an Xmas do which wouldn't be too jolly if I get af!
Have you been using OPKs or just going by bodily signs?

fayy123 Tue 03-Dec-19 13:00:16

I’ve already started using OPKS on cycle day 7. Really trying to catch it this month. 😂 it’s cycle day 9 for me today.. hopefully I get my PEAK soon. Last month I got a positive on CD12. But was really BD around that time. So once you get your positive and you do the 3days and one day off and another one, do you have to continue after that? Or Isit just a waiting game?

fayy123 Tue 03-Dec-19 13:04:40

Sorrry I meant *wasn’t

danielasummer Tue 03-Dec-19 16:43:39

@TunnocksTcake thank you x Let's hope we're not kept waiting too long!

Ahh that's totally a good sign in my opinion! Biologically women are more 'aroused' when they are ovulating so I really have my fingers crossed for you. Especially if you don't normally BD in the morning!

This cycle we just went with bodily signs as we weren't going to try so soon after the miscarriage.. then EWCM came and we thought sod it, let's try! So we had no time for OPKs or anything haha. But next cycle will definitely try SMEP.

Have you always used the CB digital or did you ever use the internet cheapy ovulation sticks? Do you recommend the CB? x

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danielasummer Tue 03-Dec-19 16:45:08

@fayy123 I can imagine I'd be the same haha, starting them as soon as AF finishes! The sticks are so cheap, so why not!?!

I think it's a waiting game after the peak and lots of BD, because you've ovulated so there's no point BD again. That's what I understood of it anyway, I may be wrong.

Are you using any apps to track or good old fashioned pen and paper? x

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fayy123 Tue 03-Dec-19 16:55:41

Ahaha exactly! I’m just taking pics of my OPK strips. So far it’s negative but will continue to BD every other day until I get a positive. I’m only testing once a day and that’s when I get home from work around these times. I got a positive OPK at cd12 last month. Hoping the same this month! Are you using OPKS as well? I’m a teacher and want my maternity to go off work for July so I get the summer pay 😆😆😆 hoping you god it works because it will be perfect to conceive this month xx

danielasummer Tue 03-Dec-19 18:14:06

@fayy123 did you get the OneStep ones? Are you going to test twice a day when they start to get darker? That's what I plan to do I think.

I'm not using OPKs yet but will do next cycle. It was too late for us to think of OPKs this cycle as we weren't going to try straight away (following the miscarriage) so we decided on the night that we wanted to try again and that was that!

Ahh are you primary or secondary? That would be good timing wise! Fingers crossed that the stars align for you this cycle!! smile x

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fayy123 Tue 03-Dec-19 18:23:53

Yes I’m using the one cycle ones from amazon! Aww! So are you not following the SMEP this month? And I’m secondary x

fayy123 Tue 03-Dec-19 18:26:05

This is what I got last month at CD12 using one step and another OPK from boots to double confirm. one step are pretty reliable and have some good reviews. Anyway I was just trying to figure everything out last month and only came across SMEP now! That’s a positive right? X

danielasummer Tue 03-Dec-19 18:33:37

@fayy123 no not this cycle but if I'm not pregnant now (which I don't think I am) then we'll try SMEP next cycle smile

Yes I think so! Have you heard of the app 'Premom'? If you take a photo of the LH strips it tells you if it's positive and gives you a score. I haven't used it before but I've downloaded it for next cycle. Some posters were talking about it on here x

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fayy123 Tue 03-Dec-19 18:55:54

ohh okay. When will you be testing? Yes I’ve heard of something like that but it’s not free lol. I think I’ll know when I get a positive. That looked positive to me last month! I should be fine! Hope you get your BFP this month! It’s your first as well right? X

danielasummer Wed 04-Dec-19 10:55:05

@fayy123 I think maybe Sunday or Monday.. will leave it as long as possible. AF due tomorrow/Friday which will probably show up! At least I'm well stocked for SMEP next cycle smile

Ahh is it not free? I downloaded it and I'm waiting for my next period to start inputting data.

Yes it'll be my first child. How about you? x

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fayy123 Wed 04-Dec-19 13:49:09

have you started SMEP yet? X

fayy123 Wed 04-Dec-19 13:50:31

I’ll download the one you’ve just told me about now. I thought it wasn’t free as if tried another one some One else suggested but wasn’t free x

fayy123 Wed 04-Dec-19 13:50:56

I’m 24 and yes it’s also my first child x

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