Post # 1
I just got off BC after 15 years, so I really have no recollection of what my normal cycle is like. We’re not actually TTC until March, but right now I’ve been charting to keep track of my cycles. By charting I mean I check off the symptoms on FF and the CM. If I keep just tracking this stuff, would I be able to get a decent idea of when I ovulate? Or should I give in and buy a BBT?
Post # 3
Give I and buy a BBT. The other things you track are secondary signs. BBT is really the primRy way to see what your body is doing, when you ovulate, when to expect AF, etc
Post # 4
@vanike: You aren’t really charting at this point.
To chart you need to record your BBT first thing in the morning before moving/getting up. This will allow you to track your cycle more accurately especially with all those secondary signs. It will also help you to better understand when you ovulate which will come in handy when you start to TTC.
Post # 5
Thank you for the prompt replies, guess I’m doing some shopping tonight!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@vanike: From what FF says, CM and your BBT are absolutely essential. Nothing else (cervix position, mood, sex drive) is as accurate apparently.
I’m temping and checking my CM. There is a lot of finger prodding. I don’t know WHO can see and test their CM on toilet paper but I sure as hell can’t.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
There are ways to chart accurately using only CM, but they are more difficult to learn and require an instructor (Billings Method and Creighton Method). Charting BBT is probably the easiest method for beginners and is the method I chose because I was uncomfortable with finding an instructor at that point in my life. Good luck with TTC!
Post # 8
I liked using BBT because it’s completely objective and I wasn’t able to screw it up or second guess myself.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
I’d say it’s integrate to charting. 🙂
Post # 10
It’s possible to chart to avoid pregnancy without using temperatures (e.g. the Billings method, or the Creighton method), but it generally requires a decent amount of experience with interpreting your CM. When you first come off BC, the hormonal changes make your CM signals weird anyway, so it can be really hard to tell what’s actually going on.
Temperatures are more reliable post-BC though, and they’re definitely easier to interpret (especially if you’re just starting to chart for the first time).
Post # 11
I charted religiously for a few months, but in the end my temps ended up telling me nothing! I got pregnant on our second cycle TTC and I’m currently 32 weeks along with a healthy pregnancy *knock on wood*. But if you were to look at my chart you’d likely have zero idea when I ovulated or when the baby implanted. I understand that tracking CM and CP is secondary, but that’s really how I knew when to time BD. I had a clear pattern shift in CM and CP that I was able to track every month.
Post # 12
Question…I know you are supposed to take yoru temp at the same time when you first wake up. I set an alarm for 5am as I don’t usually get out of bed until 6am. But sometimes I wake on my own between 4am and 5am. is it more important to temp when you first wake up? Or when it is closest to the same time every day?
Post # 13
@Dressed obsessed: More important to temp when you first wake up. If you wake up at 4 and try and go back to sleep for that last hour before your alarm goes off and then temp, you aren’t getting a reading from solid sleep, it’ll be affected by you waking up and moving while trying to get back to sleep.
I never can take mine at the same time of day. I work shifts and so does my husband, so my sleep pattern is too out of whack to wake up at the same time each day. I make sure I temp when I first wake up after at least 3 solid hours of sleep.
Post # 14
@dodgercpkl: thanks so much! 🙂