Post # 1
I’ve tried searching around the internet about when, if ever, do you delete a chart or cycle. This is my 4th cycle charting, but I feel that 2 of the cycles/charts might mess with how fertilityfriend estimates O dates and what not.
I came off the pill 1/1/14, but didn’t start charting BBT until 1/18/14, and I got a dotted CH on CD 24 with an 8 day LP. I’m not sure how accurate that all is, given I charted for half a cycle and it was my first month off BCP.
Then in March I only charted 15 days (3 days at the beginning, and 12 days at the end of the month) since we were out of the country for almost 2 weeks. I never got CH, so as far as FF is concerned it doesn’t think I O’d that month.
Should I keep these cycles? Delete them? Or just uncheck them so they’re not included in stats?
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
If you think they’re messing with the FF data, then I would uncheck them from stats. I did that with my very first charted cycle because it was obvious that it was abnormal.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
Christy42213: ‘s right. Under the ‘Analysis’ tab of FF Click on ‘Cycle History’ (under the ‘Stats Graphs’ heading). At the top of the page that pops up you will see ‘Include/Exclude Cycles’ in a gray box. Click on the box and on the next page you can uncheck the little box that says ‘In Stats’ below any cycles you don’t want included. This will stop FF from including them in your future calculations, but is not permanent (you can recheck the box if you want to undo this later), nor does it delete the cycle, so you still have the data.
Post # 4
I would never delete data. “Good” or “bad”, it’s still data that may be useful at some point if it was taken accurately. I don’t usually bother charting all month. I usually just start around CD 16-18 b/c I know I never ovulate that early. As long as you get a few days before O, that should be enough for accurate CHs… or at least it has been for me. For you second one, that is definitely not going to show CHs, but I’m not sure how much it matters when FF thinks you O. I see charting as to tell you if and when you O’d, not as an accurate predictor. OPKs and CM is a better predictor.
Post # 5
Ok, thank you. I figured not deleting all the data from those months was probably a good idea. I think maybe I’ll look into trying OPKs this next month.
Post # 6
vanike: I got pregnant my first cycle on FF but miscarried. It counts the whole pregnancy as one long cycle and messes up all the statistics. I don’t really pay attention to the stats, so I haven’t deleted it. But it would probably be a good idea if you were trying to nail down average cycle lengths or O dates.