Post # 1
There are two reason why I’m choosing not to chart, but I’m curious about other bees’ feelings…
1) I don’t think I could be consistent. I am totally not a morning person. I snooze for 30-45 minutes after my alarm goes off at 5:30. I also frequently pee during the night which I heard can affect temps.
2) More importantly, I don’t want to obsess about getting pregnant. I really do want to get pregnant right away, so I think something little could set me off. Having a daily reminder and having to analyze the data I think would stress me out!
What do the rest of you think? Why are you doing what you’re doing?
Post # 3
I currently chart to avoid, so take this with a grain of salt–
But, I find that charting pretty easily becomes part of your routine, like brushing your teeth or washing your face. It is not hard to temp and then fall back asleep, particularly if you have a thermometer that stores your last temp so you don’t have to write anything down.
And to your second question, I see a lot of people talking about the “stress” of charting online, but I think it actually eliminates stress because you have more information. You know exactly what your body is doing when, so when we do start TTC, we’ll know when to have sex to optimize our chances of conceiving.
I don’t think I’ll spend hours analyzing data–because honestly there’s not that much data to analyze. Charting takes me a few minutes per day, tops.
It’s not for everyone, though, so if you feel like it won’t work for you, there are other options for TTC.
Post # 4
We’re nowhere near TTC, but I think your second point sounds VERY valid.
Think of it this way: You can always start to chart later if you feel it becomes necessary. Plenty of people get pregnant without charting all the time (abortion figures alone will attest to that), so even if you have no clue what your body is doing, it’ll still be doing it. 🙂
Post # 5
I chart, and I don’t think it’s stressful for me. I agree with HannahT, it becomes routine. And it’s something hubby and I do together. He’ll usually wake me up, stick the thermometer in my mouth, and he keeps track of everything on an app on his phone. It’s nice to have him help out during the TTC process.
I just miscarried…. so I’m going to obsess about getting pregnant anyway. If I wasn’t charting, I’d probably be going crazy b/c I wouldn’t know what’s going on with my body or when I’m ovulating.
Post # 6
I’m not ready for a baby yet but I have no intention of charting when I am. Honestly it seems a bit unromantic to me. I’d rather just stop trying NOT to conceive and let nature take its course. If it took a long time and I was getting antsy I guess I’d have to take action, but at least for the first 6-12 months I’d rather just do it the old fashioned way 🙂
Post # 7
I voted ‘yes and it’s stressing me out’ not because I mind taking my temperature or keeping track but because I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to be looking for. I’m learning and I’m reading TCOYF so I’m hoping something clicks eventually and it all makes more sense! We’ve only been charting for a month and of course I missed taking my temperature on the days before, of and after my supposed ovulation date because I was traveling so hopefully this coming month will show a clearer pattern.
Wish me luck!
Post # 8
Everyone is different. It’s why there isn’t just one metod of birth control. I chart, but I love data.
Post # 9
Have never charted before, but I may in the future! The only problem I foresee is having to take the temp. at the exact same time every day. Other than that, it sounds great. 🙂
Post # 10
I did not chart but got pregnant 2 months after we started “trying.” So by “trying,” I mean we just did it, and of course I had a vague idea of when I was probably fertile. To each her own, but my approach was to see how it went, and then start charting later if it wasn’t happening. To me, charting would sort of take some of the mystery and romance out of it!
Post # 11
I have no idea what charting is. Can someone please help me?
Post # 12
I don’t think it’s essential. We’re not TTC yet, but I’m so regular that I kind of know what’s going on and when to aim for fertility. It may be more helpful for those who have less than regular cycles. If we go for several months and nothing happens, then I’ll probably consider it. It’s always an option, so you could try for a few months and see what happens! Best of luck!
Post # 13
@TheFutureMcBride: Charting is a system of tracking fertile days by taking your temperature every day. Your temperature rises and falls in a pattern related to ovulation and menstruation, so if you chart your temperature you can see where you are in your fertility cycle. Since you are only fertile a few days each month, charting can help you maximize your chances of conceiving (or avoiding conception, if that’s your goal).
@sarahsd: In my case, charting identified an undiagnosed fertility problem that would have lead to multiple miscarriages, so in my opinion, charting is essential. I was able to take my charts to my doctor and work out a treatment plan that allowed me to save my pregnancy before I even conceived. I can’t imagine the heartbreak I would have endured if I had never charted. Charting was easy and enjoyable, and I am also someone who snoozes the alarm every day. I just set the alarm on my thermometer to be my “first” alarm, which I would “snooze” by taking my temp for 5 minutes while I fell back asleep, then the “temperature all done” alarm would go off and I would really wake up. Easy peasy!
Post # 14
If I had never started charting, I would not have discovered so early in the process (6 months into trying) that I had a problem. My temps never changed, and my cervical fluid changed frequently as oppose to on a pattern throughout the month. All I knew before charting was that my periods were irregular. With the additional info, I was able to tell the reproduction specialist a lot more. Turns out I don’t ovulate!
Charting is definately a pain. My husband sticks the themometer in my mouth at like 6 AM when I am half awake. Cervical fluid is easy to look at. I never checked my cervical position/opening because I was a little weirded out by that part and never got brave enough.
I say try it. Def. get a copy of TCOYF.
Post # 15
I would consider charting if after 4-6 months of TTC we hadn’t yet. All the women in my family have been very fertile so I’m hoping for that. I’m hoping to be about 28-30 when we start so hopefully we should be still good.
Post # 16
@FreeRangeMom: Thanks! What’s a good website where I can chart? Maybe it’ll help with my fear of pregnancy by thinking about something else. (Hope you’re doing well as can be.)