Charting & BC Pill

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

You can start getting the hang of it but because you don’t ovulate you won’t be able to use your chart for anything a few months after you go off BC. Meaning, you won’t be able to get any feedback on your charting until you have done it while off BC. As far as I know anyway. I am still new to charting. I used Fertility Friend while on BC just to document my period, symptoms, intercourse, and mood/energy.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

You can chart while on BCPs for the fun of it but you won’t be ovulating since it’s suppressed by the BCPs.  It would just be practicing taking your temp every morning.  It won’t predict your O date or your period so it’s pretty much useless as a fertility tool while you’re on BCPs.  Your CM and cervical positions won’t be correct either, again because BCPs trick your body into thinking it’s already pregnant so you won’t have a proper hormonal cycle.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@blondie_bride:  Right, you can chart just to get used to the process but won’t see a true pattern for fertility because ovulation doesn’t happen on BC. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That is correct you will not see any patterns that would be accurate if you charted on BC. I suggest the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@blondie_bride:  Check out fertilityfriend.com, read the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and read some of the advice on charting to avoid.  I charted successfully to avoid while off BCPs for over a year before having an accident.  (I ovulated on CD 10 when usually ovulated after CD 20.)  You can chart to avoid successfully by being diligent about using backup methods of birth control like condoms during your most fertile times of the month.

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