Post # 1
Hi again 🙂 I have been reading TCOYF and am so excited to start charting! I actually have “started” just to get in the swing of things, but won’t fficially start for another 8 days until my BCP runs out. Anyway, I know you are supposed to temp the moment you wake up after 5 solid hours of sleep. umm… I don’t know how to sleep for five hours straight. I have always been THE WORST at sleeping.. even as a baby. I wouldn’t cry, I’d just lay there, wide awake. And now, as an adult (heck, even as a teenager!) I wake up every hour or two. Usually to pee (can’t imagine how much more glorious that will be once I’m prego haha) or stressing out about what time it is. Seriously. It’s stupid. Anyway, I was just wondering if this will make my temping/charting less effective? I mean, I feel like maybe it would, but also feel like maybe it won’t because I am consistently in this same sleeping pattern. So maybe it’s just the norm for my body? I only ask because we are about to start using FAM to TTA, and don’t want to TTC for another 2 years. I just want to make sure this will be a good method for me, before I fully commit. Any thoughts/input/advice/experiences? Thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
Honestly, sleep affects people differently in terms of their temp, and you won’t really know yourself until you try. But if you are serious about TTA, then you might want to investigate another method that doesn’t rely on temps at all. For example, there is the Marquette method that involves a monitor that keeps track of your hormonal changes (I think?) http://nfp.marquette.edu/ and I think you have the option to just use the monitor, or use it in combination with mucus and/or temps, or you might also be interested in the Billings method which is mucus-only. http://www.learnnfponline.com/instructor-finder/ Or Creighton is also mucus-only, but my impression is it’s the most expensive to learn.
Post # 4
@future_mrs_s: i’m a horrible sleeper and it doesn’t effect my temps at all. i still see a very clear pattern of when i O. just see what happens the first few cycles and of course use a back up method like condoms until you see that you definitely O’d. after awhile, you’ll see a pattern and know when to avoid having sex (or instead of avoiding, know when to use condoms). here’s my chart for reference. my temps are wonky this cycle because of a medication i’m temporarily on.
i don’t recommend going by mucus only. i know a lot of women get EWCM even after they O. i’ve gotten it after. if you do mucus and no temp, then you’ll need to learn how to check your cervix placement. that along with mucus is pretty accurate.