Post # 1
I feel like an idiot, so I need your help.
I stopped taking birth control in April of this year. I guess it was still in my system bc I got it exactly 28 days later. Then it was 32 days apart, except my later period was 34 days. And now I have it agai , exactly 28 days later.
So how do I keep track of ovulation? I have the Fertility Friend app, but the only thing I have been inputting is my period. I don’t keep track of my body temp, or ovulation and I want to stsrt doing that.
My goal is to hopefully stsrt TTC by early next year, depending on my weightloss and if our new apartment will be ready. I don’rlt want to start until I am stress free ajd I can just relax and focus.
Any tips and advice is appreciated!
Post # 2
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
Post # 3
I’d start using OPKs and/or temping.
Post # 4
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 # 5
KatieBklyn: i want to chart to learn when i should DTD when we actively stsrt TTC. We are using the pull out method right now as form of birth control. I know there is a slight chance of getting pregnant but if it happens, it happens. Thanks for the suggesion, def gonna look into this
Westwood: OPKs, those ae Ovulation kits?
mrspinkiepie: thats awesome!!! I hope im that lucky lol
Post # 6
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
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
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
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!