(Closed) Charting? Anyone else a little confused?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It is pretty confusing at first. I felt the same way when I started charting!

Fertilityfriend also has a great free online course that really helped me!

 

Once you’re actually temping/charting for a couple months, you’ll really get the hang of it!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@JessesGirl:  I had the free one. Ever few months they’ll give random people the VIP for a certain amount of time. I did like the extra VIP perks, but I totally  didn’t need them. The basic Fertilty Friend membership gives you what you need 🙂

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

It is very confusing at the beginning. I just started taking my temperature every day and tried to figure out to do with it later. You catch on. The most important thing is to take your temperature at the same time every day and you will figure it out =) It’s good you bought TCOYF!! I wanna read it sometime too. Good luck =)

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have the free version of FF and it does everything I need it to, for now. Like ChuckNorris said, just start taking your temp every morning at the same time (I set my alarm for about half an hour before my real alarm, then go back to sleep). Make sure your thermometer has a memory last temp recall feature, that way you can pop it in your mouth, take the temp, and turn it off and go back to sleep. Then when you wake up you can read the temp and put it into the app. FF will do the basic work for you and then you can decide if you want to analyze it more or not. For me I can see a clear enough pattern just looking at the chart on my app to see when I ovulate and when to expect my period. It gets a lot easier (remembering to temp, etc) after a month or so.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

it was confusing and i just kinda jumped into it. then as i went along it started getting easier. i’ve been doing it for 1mo now. good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would drive myself crazy if I had to take my temp every morning, I can barely remember to take my vitamins!  I use Wondfo OPK’s the few days before I O, and I do track that information along with CM in FF.  I have a pretty standard cycle though with very little variation.  28 days, O on CD 14, 14 day LP.

The basic membership with FF is fine, but they give you the VIP membership the first 30 days after you sign up.  Like the PP, I don’t see any big benefit over the basic free membership though!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I just started charting this month and only started temping last week but I’m with you on the confusing sentiment. I spent a bit of time on FF reading all the settings and then googling things I didn’t understand so I feel like I’m getting the hang of it and I’ve only really been concentrating on it for a week or two so it should start to make sense soon :), the FAQ on FF is super helpful, you should check it out.

For the avid charters, would my temp be totally invalid if I forgot to temp while I was still in bed and I was awake for 10mins or so then took it? It was at the same time as it should have been, I had just been out of bed.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsSawyer:  According to TCOYF, you’re not even supposed to get out of bed to pee before you temp so I would say that reading probably won’t be accurate. It’s probably only high by a few tenths of a degree though so it still gets you in the ballpark. I’m a novice charter though so if any more experienced bees are reading, please chime in.  🙂

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

It takes some time at first, but you’ll get the hang of it.  I would definitely advise using FF so you can visually see the spikes in temping.  Also, if you really pay close attention to your cervical mucus (especially the egg-white type) and ovulation type cramping, you’ll know it’s time to BD!  Best wishes and feel free to ask questions!

P.S. I saw in another thread that you can get a code for a discounted rate if you “like” FF on Facebook. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m on my second cycle charting and it’s not nearly as confusing or intimidating as I’d feared. I didn’t even read the book that everyone swears by, just the online course offered for free by Fertility Friend. I have their app on my phone and I picked up a basal thermometer at CVS and got started. I also don’t take my temp at exactly the same time every morning (there’s about a three hour window in which I usually take it) and my chart is still really easy to read. The temp spike right after ovulation was very obvious, and I’d been checking my CM so I knew it was coming. I also had a very noticeable drop in temp the day my period started. It’s so neat knowing what my body is up to.

So yeah, I recommend the Fertility Friend course for some basic info on what to look for, then dive in! It will start to make sense. 🙂

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