TTC: Trying to Conceive
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Are you trying to conceive? Amos Grunebaum, MD, medical director of the WebMD Fertility Center, joined us on April 11, 2005 to answer your questions about getting pregnant.
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So if you have a lower temperature during the first two weeks or so and then it goes up and it stays up, then that's called a "biphasic" curve. A biphasic curve means that you did ovulate.
Your temperatures typically rise and stay up about 0.4 or so degrees after ovulation. So it seems that your temperatures are OK, though I really would have to look at the total curve.
I hope that you follow the suggestions and take a daily supplement of folic acid. Folic acid is known to prevent fetal malformations and it's recommended for every woman who is trying to conceive. For folic acid to work, you must start it no later than 1-2 months before conception. Good luck.
Spotting and irregular bleeding is one of the problems. It may take several months for ovulation to begin and for your cycle to get regular. An "official" menstrual period is defined as bleeding after ovulation. So the bleeding you saw was not a regular period, just bleeding. Once you ovulate then your regular periods will return.
In general it's also recommended to make love 2-3 times a week, every week. This ensures that you won't miss your fertile periods.
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