Help with my chart – going nuts!!!

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@proudcatlady:  My first month trying, as well! I won’t be too much help, but I do know enough to know that you should discard CD20 temp. Also, you see how there quite a few open bubble dots on your chart? That means that you’re taking your temp at a different time every day. Doing that can mess with the readings you’re getting and cause your chart not to give you a true reading of your cycle. 

I can also relate to you about the stress of it, but many bees have already told me that the first month of charting doesn’t really mean much. You have to do it for a few months before you can really see a pattern and gather enough data to understand what’s the deal with your cycle.

I always thought of TTC as a YAY! FUN! BABY! kind of time, but I can see how it can quickly move into becoming depressed and terribly worried about every little twinger and temperature that might mean something is wrong.

I won’t tell you to “relax” because I know that it’s impossible. I really hope that after this month, you’ll be able to see a clearer pattern of what your cycle is doing. If you’re really worried about not ovulated after this month, or having too short of an LP, maybe you should talk to your doctor?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Firstly, you’ve made the right choice by deciding to chart. Ignore those ignorant people that tell you to relax!

Looking at your chart, it’s inconclusive for a number of reasons. To begin with, the open circles on your chart indicate that your pre-o temperatures were taken at different times or under sleep deprivation – this makes them inaccurate. Secondly your thermometer only has 1 decimal place so we’re missing a level of detail – I strongly suggest picking up a more precise BBT thermometer. Lastly, I suspect there is some data missing on your CM (cervical mucus).

If you had fertile CM on CD 21 & 22 I would be inclined to say you likely did O because of your opk & slightly higher temps. Because of all the problems I pointed out, your chart itself doesn’t definitively show ovulation. If you have a next cycle (FX you won’t), take this as a learning experience. Also, I’d suggest you start feeling up your cervix. Adding an additional sign when the others are unclear might give you a better idea of what’s happening.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@proudcatlady:  I find the cervix feels pretty random pre-O until 2-3 days before it. I think if you did ovulate, you’ll be better able to feel what LFC is like -totally different then HSO.  I don’t have any suggestions for thermometers; I got the cheepo pharmacy brand. Any will do the trick so long as they’re BBT thermometers.

Good luck with the rest of this cycle. I hope your LP looks good this month & maybe a BFP? 😀

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@proudcatlady:  You KNOW you’re attractive when you’re fishing around up there feeling up your cervix. 🙂 TTC is a beautiful thing!

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