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I fully admit I used to think charting sounded stupid and like too much work. I had an opinion based on nothing and I was wrong. I don’t remember which wise bee said it, but after I read her comment I’ve been turning it over in my brain ever since. She said, a lot of women don’t understand their own bodies and charting helps with that. Well, I’m guilty.
I’ve been off the pill for awhile now as I was sick of the hormones and I want to be on prenatals and ready to go for when we decide to TTC. Ever since I’ve been off it, my period surprises me…like today. Merry xmas. I have no idea when my fertile days are or what a natural cycle looks like. I was on the pill for 13 years. It’s sad, but I don’t full get how it all works.
What resources helped you? Any tips? Can I see a chart? I want to use it as birth control and eventually to TTC. I also want to know when my damn period is coming. On the pill, I always knew down to the hour. This is no way to live! So, I was wrong and all of you wise bees were right. Help!
Post # 3
@MrsPanda99: “taking charge of your fertility” is a great place to start!
Post # 4
Buy “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. It will tell you everything you need to know!
I have been using it for the last 5 years to successfully avoid pregnancy and will be using it to start TTC next fall. It is amazing how much you will learn. Good Luck!
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Join fertilityfriend.com and use their free charting course and software. It was extremely helpful in TTC our first time around, and I’ll be using it when we are ready to start trying again in a few months. Good luck!
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@MrsPanda99: I have said that and so have a lot of other bees. Charting gives you so much information about your body that even if you aren’t TTC it is really beneficial. And no it isn’t a lot of work at all.
Welcome to the dark side my friend! A few things to do.
1). Download Fertility Friend on your phone or Ipad. You may want to pay for the pro-edition eventually when you start TTC but for now the free version will do.
2). Go to your nearest drug store and grab a basal body thermometer. Nothing fancy. Mine was the store brand and cost around $9.00.
3). Set your alarm daily for a time that allows a minimum of 3 hours block of sleep and take your temperature. Don’t get up or move around. Keep the thermometer at a handy location where you can roll over, grab it and temp.
4). Log your temp in FF daily and watch the data pile up.
If you go to FF you can see sample charts with several different criteria. A book that you might want to read is “Taking Charge of your Fertility.”
I loved charting and I fully believe that charting is what got us pregnant in two months. I knew so much, knew what the right timing really was etc. It is so incredibly interesting to see what is going on with one’s body just by taking your temperature.
Post # 7
Commenting to follow. I am in the same spot as you OP, very curious about how it all works, because I never really thought about it much until recently. We’d like to start TTCing around our wedding date, so I would really like to figure my body out off the pill before we start to TTC officially.
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@MrsPanda99: Most all of us have the app Fertility Friend. I use it to track my periods and it usually matches up pretty closely. Except this cycle..Im prettys sure I O’ed twice.
Post # 9
I have FF as well and really like that….was definitely in the same boat as you thinking it was a lot of work but its not!
Post # 10
@MrsPanda99: Fertility Friend has tons of users charts posted – under Galleries click Charts. But here is the link to mine if you want to see them – only 1 full (and long) cycle – and my current one thats in progress
Post # 11
@MrsPanda99: Hugs! It’s tough to admit when you’ve made a broad jugement about something. Great advice so far so I’ll not repeat it.
FWIW, I was a pretty lazy charter. I only charted my temp, not anything else. We still used condoms to prevent since charting temp only tells you IF you ovulated, not WHEN you will ovulate. Anyway, I just wanted to say that you can chart without feeling like a giant science experiment 🙂 If it stresses you out then it’s not for you, and that is ok.
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@MrsBaldEagle: Thank you for sharing!
@jlc3: I can’t believe I’m 26 and have never had a real period! It’s sad to be starting now but I really do want to learn. I don’t want to play a guessing game.
@Treejewel19: See, I didn’t even know that. I thought charting was tracking your period. I didn’t know I’d have to take my temperature! I can do that though. It’s worth it to be off the damn pill. Real periods suck as I was so used to pill periods but I want to know how it all works before we start actively TTC.
Post # 13
@Treejewel19: this was very informative. Does all charting rely on temp tracking? I know nothing about it. We will start TTC this spring, and DH thinks it will just happen immediately. He is crazy enough to think we will get pregnant in such a specific time that he will choose what month he wants the baby to be born in *shaking head*. Yet he is also the same guy who will think its super weird if I have a thermometer by the bed…
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
I second what previouis poster’s have said about getting started. Here’s my chart, just short of 3 months worth, if you want to peruse. The top chart is an ovelay of all of the cycles, below it is each of the cycles in reverse chronological order.
I can’t believe how little I knew about my body before. You will learn so much! I could stop now if I wanted to, I know what’s going on, but I enjoy seeing it spelled out in data and it’s so little work I’ll probabaly do it as long as I ttc.
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@DaneLady: I will spend part of my days off next week reading up on all of this. I can’t even imagine what else you would chart! Lol. I am a very opinionated panda but I do admit when I’m wrong! 🙂
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@MrsPanda99: I never knew about charting until I started reading the TTC threads when we were ready to havea baby. I did not know anything about how my cycle works, fertile days, luteal phase, etc. Charting gives you tons of information and I wish I had known about it and had started charting months before getting off birth control.
I downloaded the fertility friend app and took all the courses they had on their website. Taking your temperature takes only a minute a day and once you know more or less how your cycle is, you can try taking OPKs to predict your ovulation day.
Best of luck! 🙂