Post # 1
I just started tracking my cycles back in August, as we are ttc. I have been off the pill since last spring. What is the best way to figure out when you are more fertile? I didn’t really have a cycle in February as my perioud ended the 31st of January and started up again on March 3. Is this normal? I’m at a lost and not too informed about all of this, but would like to be as I am 27. Any tips, tricks, anything that would help, would be great. Thank You!
Post # 2
MrsSmith072013: if you visit fertilityfriend.com you can sign for free emails that explain everything from fertile signs to how to chart your temperature to confirm your ovulation date. I have really weird cycles and I’m now 17 weeks along! Good luck!
Post # 3
I highly reccommend this book. It’s long, but it’s straighforward and a quick read. But basically, the only thing that can tell you when you’re in your fertile window and about to ovulate are signs from your body. Apps on your phone are not reliable unless you’re actually tracking fertility signs.
Post # 4
MrsSmith072013: It’s very common to be irregular after going off the pill. It took me 6+ months before I saw any regularity in my cycle. I agree with above posters and you’ll find an abundance of information on FertilityFriend.com and TCOYF book. I would suggest buying a basal thermometer that will tell you when you’ve ovulated. Basically, after your period, your temperature remains below your “coverline” and after you ovulate, your temperature will remain high. You can also order ovulation predictor kits on Amazon, they’re strips that you dip into your urine. When the test line is just as dark or darker than the control line, it indicates your pending ovulation. Good luck!!
Post # 5
MrsSmith072013: I’ll echo the recommendations of both of the PPs. I chart my menstrual cycles to learn more about my body in preparation for TTC in June, and when I started I did the charting course through Fertility Friend (basically a clear, straighforward little nugget of information each day for about a month) and I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Both were extremely helpful and informative. Obviously, as I’m a charter, I’d highly recommend you consider charting your cycles! Especially since you have an irregular cycle, it will really help you get a handle on what’s going on with your body. Basically, by taking a couple minutes a day to pay attention to your body, you can get a lot of information about your health and fertility.
If you do decide to chart, please come join us in the Charters thread! We’re all happy to answer questions and help you analyze your chart as you get used to it all.
Post # 6
Agree with PP’s. Temping, using OPK’s and checking your CM and position would be a good start. Good luck!
Post # 7
I also agree that charting is a great idea! I think it really helped me to get pregnant really quickly. The book and website mentioned above are great! And definitely check out the charters thread! The ladies there’s are super nice and helpful!
Post # 8
I agree with the above posters. Fertility Friend is helpful and explains cycles in an easy to understand way and it’s very easy to enter the data and read it. I found OPKs very helpful also (cheap wondfos on amazon did the trick) and temping is a good idea too, but I only managed a month. Those will help you figure out what you fertile days are so you aren’t feeling like you have to have sex for 3 wks straight