Charting? How?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The best thing to do is to get a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. That book does a great job of explaining all of the rules and nuances of taking your temp and checking your cervical mucus. Fertility Friend also has an online tutorial, I believe. Are you planning on charting to avoid pregnancy right now, or are you using another method of birh control and just temping in preparation to TTC?

ETA: This is a good tutorial for just straight up temping! If you are charting as your primary method of birth control, you’ll also want to learn about cervical mucus – it does a better job of predicting when you are fertile/about to ovulate. Charting only tells you after you’ve already ovulated. http://infertility.about.com/od/tryingtoconceive101/ss/howtoBBTchart.htm#step-heading

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  KatieBklyn.
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d start using OPKs and/or temping.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Daizy914:  I charted my period, then started taking my temp every morning, and finally used wondfo opks. The temp and wondfos allowed me to cross check. 🙂 I got pregnant our first time trying. 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Daizy914:  I’m on month 4 TTC and have found these boards super helpful. 

opk’s are ovulation predictor kits. I like this brand: Clear Blue Digital Ovulation Kit

 I order them from amazon for a better price.http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002VLYAOI?pc_redir=1409239178&robot_redir=1

Your date to start testing depends on your cycle length:   http://m.clearblueeasy.com/pdfs/Clearblue_Digital_Ovulation_Test.pdf

Temping: I use an $8 Basal body thermometer (BBT) from target. I bought mine at the store :http://m.target.com/p/up-up-digital-basal-thermometer-1-count/-/A-11676081

learning to chart: I use the Fertility Friend app but didn’t like the tutorials it has. I found their free e-book helpful but once you get through the first few chapters it’s a bit repetitive. great basic info though! The download link is on this page along with a ton of other education http://www.fertilityfriend.com/tutorials.html

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think temping by far is the best method. OPKs can be tricky and confusing. I avoided temping for a long time because I was afraid it would stress me out, but when I finally did it, it was so easy and didn’t stress me out at all. In fact it really helped me to see what was going on with my cycles and to discover that I was ovulating earlier than I thought. I bought my BBT thermometer from CVS and just kept it next to the bed, along with my phone, and popped it in when I woke up and plugged the temp right into the FF app on my phone. Easy!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I use the wondfo OPKs you can buy on amazon and find them easy to use. I don’t wake up at the same time everyday so I haven’t bothered with temping yet (hoping we won’t have to!).

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

KatieBklyn:  thanks for that article! I’ll be able to chart and understand my results a lot better now. And I think I might O in the next few days!

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