Family Planning: Charting/Temperature Tracking?

posted 3 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
Member
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@RedPandas:  Fertility Friend! There is an app and a website that will teach you if you don’t already know. There is also a forum topic on Wedding Bee regarding charters of the Hive. Some woman want to get pregnant, others are avoiding. It’s a free app, but I hear upgrading is worth it if you want to.

Post # 4
cherrypieBee
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I use the app Kindara and a basal body temperature digital thermometer, which cost $15 at the drugstore. Make sure you check cervical fluid as well, as temp alone isn’t a complete indicator. And read Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I charted four cycles off the pill and used barrier methods during fertile times before we started TTC. We conceived on the first try. 🙂

Oh, sorry, more details! Basically, you take your temp first thing in the AM, then give yourself an “oil check” a few times throughout the day (looking at cervical fluid when you go to the bathroom and/or checking cervical position once a day during fertile times). Really, it’s super easy and I’d say takes less than 60 seconds out of my day. Temperature can be complicated by travel, irregular sleep schedules, and other things, but as long as you can get a pattern down, you should be fine. It’s all about pattern observation.

TCOYF as a book is hugely long, but most of it is dedicated to analyzing specific situations. The section of the book that tells you how to track for pregnancy prevention isn’t that long. It’s a simple method but there are a lot of specific details that MAY or MAY NOT be relevant to you personally, hence the wealth of information available.

Post # 5
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3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I second Fertility Friend!!!!

Post # 6
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38 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I use fertility friend AND lady comp.  And my lady comp’s thermometer just broke so that sucks.  I’ll probably just buy a digital thermometer instead of replacing the lady comp’s thermometer because I never trusted that thing anyways.  I have irregular cycles so I almost always have the yellow light.  Ug. 

Post # 7
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139 posts
Blushing bee

If you want to prevent pregnancy you need to be SUPER DEVOTED! it has to be at the EXACT time EVERY morning and you have to, without moving too much, reach over and grab the thermometer, take temp, and chart. No forehead or ear thermometers, oral is generally more precise. get it down to the .01 at least. Do “oil checks” and keep track. this will change if you have sex, have an infection, or any sexual activity will effect discharge. You might want to keep a chart and find out when you ovulate for at least two to three months without being sick to find out the general time you ovulate to find your “red zone”. Your doctor would know exact information and I wouldnt trust websites or books over real medical advice.

Post # 8
cherrypieBee
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Yes, you’re going to have to chart for several months to find your pattern. And so you need to use protection in that time. And continue charting AFTER THAT as long as you’re using it as your method of birth control or family planning. 

Sadly, not all medical professionals know about charting and rely on a 28-day cycle or “28-day wheel” to figure out ovulation times. TCOYF is a reliable resource and I highly recommend it if you cannot fine a nurse or doctor to advise you about charting.

I take my temperature vaginally. I also don’t do it at the exact same time every day. I do it upon first waking naturally in the AM, which varies within an hour (a larger window is really not advised, though). Some women have very stable basal body temps, and others’ temps will change with slightest activity. You’ll have to figure out what your body does. It’s all part of the first few months of charting. 

Post # 9
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3112 posts
Sugar bee

@RedPandas:  I am on chart 92, and I definitely know my cycle by now.  Go to Walmart and buy a basal body temp thermometer.  It’s purple and cheap.  You need to take your temp every day at the earliest time you ever get up.  For me, that’s 5:20 on weekdays, which means every Saturday and Sunday, I’ve still got to wake up for my 5:20 temp.  It has got to be at the EXACT same time every day.  You need a professional to help you interpret your temps until you get used to it.  When you are sick or you drink, just mark it on your chart.

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