Hey everybody and first of all, good luck to each and every girl with this exciting journey!
I want to share my experience, because the other stories were very helpful for me. Background: I am 37, my partner is 36 and we tried for about 7-8 months until I got my BFP. I have rather shorter periods, of about 25 days, pretty regular ones (25 and 26 days mostly, sometimes 24 or 27 and rarely 28 days).
As many of you, I read and read everything. I tried for a few days to take my BBT, but it was horror because I saw no rise after ovulation and then I thought I`m not ovulating at all. Before ovulation, sometimes I had what is called "fertile mucus", but mostly watery and not so much EWCM. In some months, I had very very little EWCM, I remember that even in ,my BFP month the mucus was not so fertile, or this is what I was thinking. I made some ultrasounds, and the doctor found dominant ovules at CD 7 or CD 8. I used ovulation tests, sometimes the second line was lighter that the test line, even 12 hours after ovulation. Of course I went crazy with all this, not knowing if I ovulate, if OV isn`t too early and the ovule is not perfect, why don`t I have fertile mucus, why my BBT isn`t rising even 3 DPO and so on. HANG IN THERE!
We bought a fertility lubricant: Baby Start, I think it is made in UK, and from CD 1 till ovulation I took Evening Primrose oil capsules, for fertile mucus. From my experience and my BFP I think usually I ovulated on CD 13, due to my short cycles (on CD 12 I had the strongest second line on ovulation test). Sometimes, in non BFP months, I had fertile mucus on CD 16, CD 17 and that made me think I cannot pinpoint my OV date, but I was wrong. I really think my OV date was on CD 13 most of the times.
As symptoms, almost NONE. I think on CD 16-CD 22 or sometimes in that period I had more white CM (but I also had sometimes white CM even in non BFP months) and also a so-called stomach ache but very mild (upper stomach). I got my BFP on CD 24 and I was and still am extatic. I am now 14 weeks!!!
Good luck again to you all! If you have any question, please let me know, I am happy if my story helps someone.