Bag-o-Tricks

Butt Pillow
Gravity is your friend… or your enemy, depending on which direction your butt is pointed.   It has been suggested that propping your hinder up after DTD will allow gravity to help spermies make their way to the egg. It’s fair to say the effectiveness of butt propping is open to debate. It isn’t the type of subject that our leading scientists seem interested in studying.  It seems logical, though, that throwing a pillow under your butt and staying in place for ten or fifteen minutes is a better strategy than jumping out of bed heading for your trampoline. 
The average lubricant can make it hard for sperm to reach the egg. Pre-seed solves this problem. Not only does it not interfere with sperm mobility, the manufacturers claim that Pre-Seed can actually improve your odds of pregnancy. The queen used pre-seed for ten months before getting a BFP, but who knows how long she would have waited if she didn’t use pre-seed. If nothing else, it is a nice and comfortable lubricant that won’t work against your baby-making efforts.
At-Home Fertility Test
Folks like to do at-home fertility testing for a variety of reasons. Convenience, privacy,  and just to get to pee on something new and expensive.  Many ttc’ers are concerned there may be a fertility problem, but it is too early for their doctor to perform tests.  (Women under 35 must wait a full year of ttc before most doctors will test for fertility problems.  Women over 35 need to wait 6 months.  Women over 40 are the only ones that are immediately ushered behind the beaded “Fertility Testing” curtain.)The downside of at-home fertility testing is that they do not test for every possible fertility problem. Fertility is a complicated issue.  You can’t just pee on a stick and have all the answers.  The other downside is that YOU are most likely not a doctor.  If you get results that show there could be a problem, that can be confusing and upsetting news to receive when you are sitting on the bathroom floor in your PJs.Here are two of the queen’s favorite at-home fertility tests:An at-home fertility test for both men and women. It tests for (what ‘they’ say are)  the most common fertility problems. In the male test, it measures sperm quantity and mobility. In the female test, it measures CD3 levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).  The male portion of the test involves ejaculating into a cup and then doing a semi-complicated series of pushing buttons and twisting knobs at just the right time. If two lines show up, means that means he has more than 10 million/ml sperm and those sperm have the swimming ability to make it to the egg. (The fact that it tests mobility is part of what makes Fertell unique.) Of course, the condition of those sperm cannot be tested.  They may all have beer guts and coke bottle glasses for all you know. But, again, this test will at least tell you if his sperm count is above a threshold of concern and that they know how to swim.
The female test is a simple peestick test. Not as much fun to do in some ways, but easy. The idea is this: if your basket is running out of eggs, your body will be producing more FSH. If your reference line is lighter than the test line, you body is not overproducing FSH and you egg reserve should still be plentiful.Below is an example of a “good” peestick result from Fertell.The queen’s favorite HPT maker also makes a fertility test.  Much like the peestick portion of the Fertell test, the first response fertility test measures your follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).  Test on CD 3 using FMU.  If your test line is lighter than the reference line, or invisible, you’ve passed!  If your test line is as dark or darker than the reference line, call your doctor for the kind of testing they only allow people with white coats to preform.  Like all at-home fertility testing, it doesn’t test every aspect of your fertility.  Not to rain on your peestick parade, but just passing one of these tests does not mean you do not have a fertility problem… it just means that you probably have some eggs waiting by the phone for a sperm to call.Intended as disposable menstrual cups, Instead Softcups can be inserted after intercourse to keep the sperm up where they can do some good.   Instead Cups fit over the cervix, and can be left in for a couple of hours after DTD.  This can be beneficial if you need to DTD and run — you can put in the Instead Cup and keep gravity from causing the sperm from losing too much ground.  One bit of advice: Practice putting it in a few times before showtime.  If you are interested in trying the Instead Cup to help with ttc, having long fingers, being a contortionist, and a desire to know your inner-self are all pluses.

Many TTCers take Evening  Primrose Oil (EPO) to increase their EWCM.  As with any supplement, it is smart to talk to your doctor before taking it.  Here is a totally made up statistic – about 60% of people taking EPO found an increase in their EWCM.  The queen did not.   Be aware that too much EPO can potentially delay ovulation as it effects estrogen levels.  Try starting with 500 mg per day from the first day of your period up until ovulation.  After you try this for one or two cycles, if you do not see a difference in your CM, try 1000 mg.  Her majesty does not recommend going over 1000 mg a day – but again, check with your doctor.

Egg Whites
This is mentioned here only because of the growing popularity, but the queen does not recommend it.  While at first blush, you may wonder the level of ttc psychosis that the first woman who tried this was experiencing. But this cervical mucous pioneer (whoever she was) was making a somewhat understandable leap.  If “egg-white cervical mucus” is the most desirable and fertile cervical fluid, then why not just use eggs whites as a lubricant? While some citizens of Peestick Paradise swear by this method, it has not been prove safe, sanitary, or effective by the folks in white lab coats.  Plus, how would you ever eat breakfast again without blushing?

Don’t Move
Based on the same theories as the butt pillow, the idea of laying still after intercourse is to give sperm a fighting chance to make the long trek north to the egg without gravity turning it into an uphill battle. Those that practice this generally stay on their backs for 10-15 minutes. Some even try a rotisserie method: back for five minutes, right side for 5 minutes, stomach for five minutes, and left side for five minutes.  Is this good for anything other than making your partner laugh?  Who knows.  But it can’t hurt and it doesn’t cost a thing to try.

Baby Carrots and Grapefruit Juice
While this may sound like the diet of a super model, it is really a popular diet of ttc’ers. When a lack of EWCM is your problem, many claim that baby carrots and grapefruit juice is the answer.  The queen, despite grazing on enough baby carrots to qualify as an honorary bunny rabbit, saw no results. Many citizens of Peestick Paradise, however, claim a noticeable increase in fertile CM by downing grapefruit juice and baby carrots.  Add it to your regular diet and see what happens. If nothing else, it’ll be good for your eyesight (which is especially important when trying to see the faintest of lines on a peestick).