Post # 1
so Im just about to finish my first month of charting and in reading other peoples charts etc… it seems that Ov day can vary a little in when it happens month to month… so my question is….how the heck do ya’ll know before hand when your Ov day is if you can only tell by temperature when it spikes….(which means Ov is now done and your not fertile anymore?) know what I mean? lol like I have no idea when its going to spike! I’ve seen charts where ovulation was CD17 and the next month (same person) CD15 etc……………..
Are you just supposed to chart for a few months and find an “average” day and just keep BD’ing every day?
This will only be my second month charting so maybe my cycle will even out but… it seems common its not exactly the same so I was just wondering do you guys have an actual DAY you can count on?
This topic was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by shanbp.
Post # 2
Charting is good for finding patterns and knowing that you definitely *did* ovulate after the fact, but it can’t really help you know beforehand, in a specific cycle, that you’re about to ovulate.
The benefit for many women in charting, is that they start to notice subtle physical signals before they O as well. Like cramping, increased cervical fluid, increased sex drive, etc. Then they know they better get to DTD.
Another thing is using OPK’s. They don’t confirm that you’ve actually ovulated, but will let you know that your body is getting ready to.
Charting really helped me to know when I was getting ready to ovulate. After a few months, I started noticing my body signs and now I can naturally tell when I am gearing up to ovulate! Good luck!
Post # 3
urchin: Thanks lol….good to know Im not just crazy. Im thinking how the heck am I supposed to know this? But that makes sense. I guess this month will be a true test now that I’ve got the hang of a few things. I think my chart last month is way off cause I got a new thermometer. I dont have a lot of CM happening so thats a bit hard to tell by. *sigh* here’s hoping I have more signs this month 🙂
Post # 4
shanbp: You should probably also throw in ovulation tests. Depending on the length of your cycle, you’ll start testing anywhere from CD 9 to CD 19, usually (with most people ovulating between CDs 9 – 21). I never had a surge shorter than 24 hours…mine usually lasted up to 48 hours, so there was plenty of notice to start BDing. I threw in BBT later on just to be sure; they more or less synced up, within a day or so of each other.
I usually ovulated on CD16, but sometimes it would be CD 15, CD 17, CD 18. And it didn’t really matter — I’d usually start BDing around CD 13, and continue well past CD 16 just to be on the safe side, making for a weeklong fertile period.
Post # 5
shanbp: I used charts to confirm my ovulation, temp dip then temp rise to over cover line,but I used opk strips to help me figure out when I was ovulatiNg so I could time bd right.
I dont think I could have used both methods seperatly- but they work great together
Post # 6
CookieCreamCakes: mrscandyv: Thanks ladies, that makes sense. At least I know were in the same boats lol. Maybe Ill think about picking up some kits when this cycle is over. I have a feeling my body is still trying to regulate :s
Post # 7
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I would definately reccommend using OPK’s if you want to know before you ovulate. Charting only confirms ovulation. It can’t tell you when you’re going ovulate. However, once you’ve been doing it for awhile you may be able to predict approximately when you will ovulate and approximately when you’ll have AF etc. if you are fairly regular. For example, after charting for a few months I knew that I O on approximately CD11 and have a 15 day LP, so I can tell when AF is due. If you have charting questiosn and/or plan to be charting for awhile you should come join the Charter’s thread. We’d love to get to know you:)