Charting questions – fertility friend

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Here’s the very basics of what I use:

1. You take your temperature every day at the same time as soon as you wake up before doing anything else and record it into FF. 

2. You also chart what you perceive your cervical mucous to be that day during the day, and any other symptoms, in addition to when you have unprotected sex with your partner. 

3. Once FF assesses that you have ovulated based on the information you put in, FF adds “crosshairs:” the horizontal line being the “coverline” which is only is a visual tool to help you easily see your pre- and post-ovulation temperatures. The vertical line tells when FF thinks that you ovulated. If the crosshairs are solid, FF is confident of the prediction, if it is dotted, then FF is less confident of the prediction. 


The longer you record your information, the more FF has to go on, and the easier it will be to see a pattern. Hope that helps!

Post # 5
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3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It generally takes several days after you ovulate to show the crosshairs. It takes several days to develop a pattern before FF can pick it up – one big surge in temperature does not automatically equal ovulation, so you to let the patterns develop for several days before it confirms it.

I would definitely take or at least read through some of the course information provided by FF, it’s a goldmine. 

Post # 7
Hostess
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@octoberbaby:  I also want to chime in. So temping won’t really give you a “heads up.” If you do it for a few months, you might start to notice that you usually ovulate between, say, Day 16-18. So if you’re TTC, you can guess that you might want to start BDing prior to that. Of course though, don’t stop until you KNOW you O’ed because ovulation is sometimes delayed. 

If you really want a heads up, cervical fluid is critical. OPKs can help too, but I know for myself, I get a + OPK and then ovulate pretty quickly afterward. So if I were to wait to BD until I got a +, I’d miss the vast majority of my fertile window. 

Good luck! Feel free to join the Charters thread. Everyone is really nice and helpful there! 

Post # 11
Hostess
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@octoberbaby:  It can be a bit confusing at first, but read the FF updates you’re getting, or maybe try the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It’s actually really simple once you understand what you’re doing. Also, FWIW, I pretty much never have EWCM that I can see “on the outside” but checking around O, I definitely do have it. If you’re really not getting EWCM though, you might want to try something like preseed – it’s a sperm friendly lube that mimicks CM.

 

Yep! Charters of the Hive – great ladies.  

Post # 13
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1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@octoberbaby:  FF detects ovulation automatically after 3 temperature rises.  I also use OPKs and check my CM.  As PP said – I dont have much EWCM on my underwear – but when i check my cervix I noticed it.  The Q&As on FF are great too!  Here’s a link to my chart – I ovulated on 11/29 but FF didnt mark it until 12/2.

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/MrsBaldEagle

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@octoberbaby:  The OPKs helped – but it was really the significant temperature rise that solidified it for me.  I started having minor ovulation pains on the 26th – the 28th but they were really bad on the 29th. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Wow, all this charting stuff is really making me not want to do it.  I hope I get pregnant the old-fashioned way by having lots of unprotected sex!  LOL!  Question for bees who chart:

Do you do it because you’ve had trouble (or think you may have trouble) conceiving?  Or are you just really excited to start a family and want to increase your chances of getting pregnant quicker?

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