Post # 1
OK so I shouldn’t have to reiterate since it’s in the title. But this is a TMI post!
I’ll try and give you all the info you need quickly and succinctly;
I’ve been off BC for 3 months (due to a false positive, but then deciding to let my hormones settle ready for our plan to NTNT next month) and since then I’ve been charting BBT religiously to try and get an idea of my cycle and hormones, all in preparation. We’re not planning to time intercourse at all to start with, I’m purely charting for awareness. I use ovuView app to chart, and it seems to be ok!
I’ve been trying to also chart cervical mucus, and do it in the evening before last wee before bedtime. But I’m not 100% with this yet
We’ve been using the withdrawal method (I realise this is “risky” but we do want to get pregnant, and we don’t mind when per say, we were just planning to not start NTNT until next month)
So here’s the thing. According to my temps I ovulated day 12, and yesterday was day 18, so after discussion we decided it would be ok for him to not pull out yesterday morning.
Then last night I wasn’t sure what to chart for CM it was creamy, but surely that was seminal fluid? I know you’re meant to have 3 dry days to denote your fertile period is over, so do I ignore that one?
Any other advice on CM or an app you recommend, let me know
Post # 2
Ignore CM after intercourse. It’s inaccurate. Also some women continue to have CM after ovulation so looking for three dry days isn’t necessarily going to be accurate. Since you are temping, that’s going to be your best indication.
Post # 3
jny1179: thank you 🙂 I didn’t realise not everyone goes dry after O, but that makes sense as we’re all different!
Having read some of the TTC boards, it looks like a lot of people don’t seem to chart CM in the LP, I guess it’s more of a helpful indication on the lead up to O / the fertile period?
Post # 4
I actually NEVER had dry days – like, not at any place in my cycle, ever.
It’s really hard to tell what’s CM and what’s left over ejaculate, so I basically tried to wait about 12 hours or so after having sex to check my CM. By then, semen should have thinned and run out – it shouldn’t mess up your observations anymore at that point. I would recommend checking your CM throughout the day as well – checking it once per day really isn’t that effective (it can change throughout the day, and you’re supposed to note the most fertile CM you see on any given day). I pretty much just checked every time I went to the bathroom – it only takes a few seconds, and then you have a better handle on what’s going on.
Post # 5
Sparkidoodle: I didn’t track CM at all. I didn’t ever have enough to notice it without actually having to put a finger in there to check it and I just didn’t feel it necessary with temping. And I am one that never really goes dry, it would change consistency after O, but there was always something.