Hello! My name's Kate - I'm a 33-year-old woman, and I am utterly thrilled and totally terrified to be trying for my first baby. Hi! I'm brand new to these forums and admit I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing! Ha! I've read the stickies and familiarized myself with the rules as best as I can. It might take me a little while to get to grips with the acronyms, and I apologize in advance if I goof on any of the rules initially. In the meantime, here are a few topic-relevant facts about me: Never been pregnant. First time trying to conceive. We're more in the 'not trying to prevent it, seeing if nature will take its course' camp rather than the determined 'TTC' stage for now (for reasons I'll outline in a moment), but I wanted to post here instead of the other sub-forum as I imagine it will only be a short while before we start to rev the wheels a little harder. Was on various forms of the pill, mostly without breaks, between the ages of 17 and 23. Had regular periods throughout. Had two contraceptive implants fitted back-to-back between ages 23 and 29. Had one period three months after insertion of the first one, but none for the remainder of the six years total. Had second implant removed at age 29; periods returned three months later. Had a new implant fitted just before turning 30. No periods for duration of 3 years. Had implant removed in May this year (age 33). Went on the pill in May; stopped taking the pill in July (caused awful depression). Decided to give body a chance to go back to 'normal' and have used condoms ever since. Thick mucous discharge (I believe it's referred to as 'egg-white discharge' on these forums?) occurred on September 19th. No changes, symptoms or signs of ovulation since then. No periods so far. Last period, therefore, was in approx early 2014 (unless you include a 10-day light bleed when I took the mini pill for about as many days during the same year). I'm about 80lbs overweight. I'm working on that, but need to be working harder. Once tested borderline for hyper/hypothyroidism (I can't remember which one), but at the latest blood test (approx 18 months ago) my doctor was not concerned. Currently taking PPIs for acid reflux issues, but likely only for one month provided my next check-up goes okay and symptoms ease. No other medications or known health issues. My husband and I, despite having felt excited and emotionally ready to have a baby for quite some time now, have held back on moving forward for practical reasons (our house wasn't perfect, our jobs weren't perfect, our car wasn't perfect, our bank balances weren't perfect, etc. etc.) but we've realized recently that we were making excuses (valid ones, sometimes) simply because we were scared! This week we decided to stop trying to talk ourselves out of it - we are ready - and we are so excited to finally, almost, label ourselves as 'TTC'. I turn 34 in February and we're quite aware that time isn't necessarily on our side anymore, so it feels a relief to get the ball rolling, albeit in these very early stages. I am slightly concerned that my period is taking its time materializing - it has been five months since I stopped all birth control, and aside for that discharge in September there has been no sign of ovulation - but I'm trying my hardest to reassure myself that it takes time for the body to return to normal after stopping birth control. This is just the longest mine has ever taken, is all, but I suppose I am a bit older this time. We stopped using condoms as of yesterday even though my periods haven't come back yet, and we know it's very unlikely I'll fall pregnant until they do, but there's no harm in starting early, is there? (Please correct me if I'm wrong!) I'm looking forward to sharing my journey with all of you, and sharing yours, too. I'm off to read more! Looking forward to getting to know you.