Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Busy Life And TTC -- What Works for Me!

Thank you Clearblue® for sponsoring this post. The new Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System is now available at major retailers across the U.S. such as Walmart, Target, Amazon and Meijer. Visit a store near you to try it!.

I am still waiting for the “How to be an adult” manual to be published, but until then I guess we are continuing to just figure this whole thing out by ourselves (with a little help from Google)! Tyler & I have now been in our house for a whole month, & surprisingly the most common follow up question to “I just bought a house” is “So, when are you having kids”…. But seriously, even when you are trying to conceive, how do people expect you to answer that question? Yes, my husband & I are actively having sex, would you like to know more? But seriously, if you have a good answer come back please let me know!

Our family is blessed with a bundle of grandkids already – 5 year old twin nieces from my sister, & a 2 year old niece + twin boys on the way from Tyler’s sister – so the pressure to have kids has been generally light for us. However, we are ready to start our family, & it seems that my biological clock suddenly kicked in when I turned 30 because I went from pretty indifferent about the matter, to 100% gung-ho over this past Summer.

We “pulled the goalie” in June, & being the competitive human that I am, I immediately went out and bought all the pregnancy tests, sure that we would have a positive result in no time. By September, I started to realize that maybe I didn’t totally understand how my body worked after all, & needed to find some tools to help in our attempts to conceive.

When searching for an ovulation tracking system, I wanted something that would be quick + mess free to use, trackable from month to month, & being the millennial that I am, available from my phone. I connected with the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System because it pairs the accuracy of a Clearblue® Ovulation Test with the convenience of an app – maximizing the chances of getting pregnant in a way like never before.

I have now been using the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System for three months, & while we are still on our trying to conceive (TTC) journey, I now understand so much more about my body and its rhythms! This Clearblue® product is the first and only system to accurately track two unique hormones (LH & E3G) & connects with my phone so that I know when to test, and when my peak fertility has been detected. I now feel so much more knowledgeable about my monthly cycles than ever before and feel a little silly for not knowing how my body worked, like how using my personal hormone data, I have only a few fertile days a month & need to take advantage of that tiny window of opportunity! Thankfully, the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System typically identifies 4 or more fertile days each cycleand reminds Tyler and I to take advantage by displaying a smiley face on the test stick. This process can feel frustrating & overwhelming, so the smiley face definitely helps! I like to take screenshots from when the app detects my hormone surges to send Tyler so he can join in on the fun & excitement of this chapter of our lives. (1) In a study of 87 women, 4 or more fertile days were identified in 80% of cycles using actual cycle length (2012)”

Looking to get started with your own baby making journey? I highly recommend the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System now available at major retailers across the U.S. such as Walmart, Target, Amazon and Meijer. Visit a store near you to try it! Are you already using it? I would love to connect with others on this chapter of their lives too!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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