Post # 1
Hi ladies. 🙂
So. When I was 15, I went on birth control for insaaaane periods (as many young girls do). I am now 26 (almost 27), and just got married this past Fall. I have been toying with the idea of going off birth control for about a year now just to allow my body to naturally regulate itself, and to see if my periods were going to be as insane as they were when I was a teen. So, I went off about four weeks ago, and just started my first post-birth-control period last night. So far, everything is pretty textbook. Sunday I was moderately emotional, and yesterday I had a bad headache that I knew was attributed to me getting ready to start (I have had these before).
I decided to start charting with Fertility Friend, for a number of reasons. I want to get used to the app (I know it is really complicated), and I want to know what my most fertile days are so we can avoid them (we will probably TTC in 2016). I mostly just want to get empowered about my body and my cycles, so I can know what to expect and analyze whether or not my body is properly regulating itself post-birth-control.
For those of you that have been charting for a while (TTC or not), do you have any advice? I may go out and get a basal thermometer today just to help it be even more accurate. We may not be TTC yet, but I figure by the time we’re ready to I’ll know my cycle really well and won’t have a learning curve while trying to TTC.
Post # 2
Check out the charters thread. Super smart women over there.
Definitley get a basal thermometer and if you want order some cheap wondflo ovulation tests to confirm your ovulation date.
Post # 3
Swizzle: thanks! I think I forgot about the actual charters thread, sounds like I have some reading to do 🙂
Post # 4
I HIGHLY suggest you go rent/buy the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”. It’s really helpful to learn your body and charting. It’s turned into my bible lately.
Go out and buy a basal thermometer, order the cheap OPT’s online, and make sure you temp at the same time every day.
Post # 5
In addition to Taking Charge of Your Fertility, I’d check out the educational info that Fertility Friend provides. When I started charting it was a daily email with a chunk of info (maybe for two weeks total? Or a month?) – they called it their Charting Course. Now, I think you can still get the emails, or you can get it in a free e-book format. It’s similar info to TCOYF, but I think FF does a good job of putting in it really easy to understand lessons. And it never hurts to have some of that info reinforced 🙂
And by all means, come on over to the Charter’s thread and join us! We’re always happy to answer questions or analyze a chart.
Post # 6
SadieBee: yeah definitely! i watched all the tutorial videos and i’m going to do the ‘course’ (i think it’s a set of emails, like you said, followed by some quizzes). hopefully that, combined with reading the charter’s thread, will help me better understand what i’m looking at.
Post # 7
SadieBee: Could you link the charters thread? We’re going to try going off the pill (yayyy super supportive fi!) but still likely TTA for 2-4 years.
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