Charters/NFP/FAM users…a few questions for you

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

1. Yes, TTCers and TTAers use charting to obtain the same information – when do you ovulate, therefore indicating what the fertile window is. TTCers are active during this window, TTAers avoid intercourse during this window. Fertility Friend and similiar apps are exactly for FAM/NFP – charting to determine your fertility to help prevent or promote pregnancy.

2. Keep temping at the same time of day upon waking. If there’s a day where you were not really sleeping for 3-4 solid hours before taking that temp, just make a note of it in your chart. It’s impossible for us to say if your temp on CD2 was too high, every body is different. Once you’ve been charting for a while you’ll get to know your “normal”.

3. Again, every person will have different temps, I can’t say whether or not taking the pill will impact that. A woman that does ovulate should see a clear temp shift after ovuation. If you are not ovuating due to being on the pill, I’m not sure if you will still see that temp shift. Progesterone (progestin) is what raises your temp in the luteal phase so since the minipill is all progestin, that may cause you to have a higher temp throughout your cycle and not see a shift in the second phase.

The minipill definitely has a higher failure rate than traditional estrogen/progestin combination pills. If you are charting in addition to taking the pill, you have a much better chance of avoiding pregnancy. But if you are really concerned about it, you might consider a more reliable option. Is there a particular reason you are going with the minipill? I know it’s suggested for women that breastfeed as the estrogen in other pills can impact milk supply.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

TTA charting comes in a bajillion different forms; that being said, the only ones I’m familiar with (not FF) will be affected by taking the pill and have skewed results.  As far as I’ve ever heard, hormonal BC and charting are sort of an either/or choice, rather than an “and” option, because a lot of charting, especially to avoid, requires looking at your CM.  CM changes based on your hormones, which the pill will throw off, thus could messing up your results.  I’m taking a guess here that temps would also be thrown off kilter by the pill, since they also change based on hormone levels during the cycle, but someone who’s more knowledgable about temping will have to confirm that.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

kes18:  I used ff when tta after coming off the pill (ttc now). I charted my temps, used opk, and tracked my cm and cp. I basically wanted to get an understanding of how my cycles worked, so it was helpful to start with all of these. Dh and I used condoms until my ovulation was confirmed each cycle. I always set ff to fam, and seeing a positive opk around the time of the temp spike gave me a bit more confidence that I did in fact ovulate. We are on cycle 4 ttc now, and I feel like I know my cycle well enough now to plan Bd during our fertile window. So…for me it was helpful to chart when tta!

As far as night wakings go – I am such a light sleeper and knowing I had to temp at say 6am made me a very restless sleeper. I realized I was waking up around 2am each night (after a 3-4 hour stretch) and have just started to temp at that time. I would suggest seeing what your natural waking times are (or the babies) and just temp aa consistently as you are able.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

kes18:  We did not avoid, just used a barrier method. I think avoiding would be hard especially if you are not ovulating the same day each month! Different methods of nfp will tell you to avoid, but we chose to do otherwise and never had any scares. Everything I have read says to temp at the exact same time each day – but I admit mine will vary by 30 minutes some nights. It hasn’t made any difference in my charts, though!

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