For those of you also experimenting with Pregnitude, you may recall that I started Pregnitude not too long ago. I figured as a tasteless powder added to my drink of choice (in my case, I was adding it to my spearmint tea [which, by the way, I consider to help with hirsutism and maybe even acne]) there really was no harm in giving it a whirl, right? There are tons of stories out there of women who have gotten pregnant by using Pregnitude (even PCOS women), so I thought it was worth a shot.
Hope #1: Pregnitude Would Allow Me To Ovulate More Regularly, And On Time
My main draw for using it was that I was hoping I’d ovulate more like clockwork (many women have reported that this happens). My cycles–especially since having my son in early 2011–were all over the board. Some months I would ovulate on day 25, some on day 42, and some not at all. I’ve had a few cycles that topped close to 70 days, which is not fun. My period was always pretty crazy prior to getting pregnant with my son, but my pregnancy is really what made my PCOS go haywire.
I had done one cycle (in which I ovulated on day 20) prior to starting Pregnitude–this was Cycle 1 off of birth control. Usually, when I come off birth control, I have one semi-normal cycle and then the subsequent cycles are all out of whack. Since I ovulated on day 20 for my first cycle, I was fully expecting to ovulate no earlier than day 27 or so, and then later and later as the months went on. So, I was really hoping Pregnitude would help me ovulate closer to day 14, or, at the very least, not get any later than day 20.
Hope #2: Pregnitude Would Lengthen my Luteal Cycle
I wasn’t entirely sure if I had a problem with my luteal cycle, and since I only had one period prior to trying Pregnitude, I was hoping it would help me hedge my bets. Through temping and taking OPKs, I found out that my luteal phase was a full 11 days. Supposedly, anything less than 10 (or is it 10 or less?) can be a problem, however, I’ve also read that anything less than 12 can be borderline. So, I was kind of nervous that on top of all my other PCOS-symptoms, this would be another to add to the list. There’s way too much conflicting info out there! Regardless of the info, if Pregnitude could help to standardize my luteal phase, I’d be happy. Supposedly a standard LP is around 14 days, which gives any egg that may be implanted the best chance of hanging on.
Pregnitude Results — Did it Improve Ovulation?
Take a look! This is what I saw on day 21.
Needless to say, I was happy!! Yes, it was one day past where I was last month, however, I was fully expecting it to be much later in the cycle that I’d see that little Smiley Face (if at all). The test on the bottom is, in trying-to-conceive terms, an IC (internet cheapy). I swear up and down that the Wondfo One Step Ovulation Test Strips are THE BEST out there. You get 50 of them for about $20 — if you are serious about testing because you are trying to get pregnant, you want alot of these because you could be testing two or even three times/day to ensure you don’t miss your “LH surge”. Once that surge is detected (and this surge may sometimes last only a few hours, which is why it’s important to test often), the test line will get darker than the control line. I’ve always found that the left, outermost portion of the test line gets really, REALLY dark, and that’s how I know I’m about to ovulate. I really don’t need to, but I confirm it with using the Clear Blue Easy tests — the ones with the Smiley Face. I just happened to have some left over, so I used them; I wouldn’t buy them again as they are way too expensive (anywhere from $15-$20 for 7 tests, if I recall).
My Get-Pregnant Tool Kit
The below are from Amazon — I’m a Prime member so you really can’t beat free 2-day shipping. You can find Pregnitude on Drugstore.com for a few bucks cheaper (although you may sacrifice a few days shipping for it).
So, Can Pregnitude Improve Ovulation?
Maybe! My results for my first month on it are promising. I’ve had zero side effects from using it and it’s very simple to use, so it’s worth continuing. Stay tuned for more Pregnitude updates!
UPDATE: See my update after one full cycle on Pregnitude!