Post # 1
Hey guys! I just wanted some help!
I’m going to be charting and temping soon, but I would like to know how itll work? I know that you have to temp every day about the same time each day, but how do I know if Im soon to ovulate and such and such? this is my 3rd month of TTC.. Got off BCP ending of april but since then my period has been Regular 28-29 days. I thought I was pregnant this month because my breast were really itchy but I think I’m having my period today or tomorrow because when I wiped, it looked a little bloody so I know Ill receive my period today or tommorow. I’m a little bummed, but it’s okay.. I guess now I have to temp to really see how it all works.. Please if you could, give me some advice or how to correctly chart and temp. Thank you so much!
Post # 2
I suggest using Fertility Friend.com to chart your temps. It will take a few cycles for you to be able to see your ovulation patterns. In a “normal” cycle, the temp will be on the lower side for the first two weeks, then will rise and stay higher for the second half. Once you’ve got a few cycles charted you’ll be able to see (and fertility friend will tell you) around what cycle day you are ovulating.
Post # 3
mzwiggy: Good luck and welcome to the world of charting. Charting won’t help pending ovulation, but it’ll confirm if you have ovulated or not. OPK will determine if you’re about to ovulate since it detects LH surge in yoru system. I agree with jny1179:, set up a Fertility Friend account and log your temp every day. Just for your reference, here’s mine: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/NowandLater/
When you see solid dot, that signfies that you took your temp around the same time every morning (give or take 15-20mins). You’ll see on my chart that my temp varies a little every day, a lot of factors contribute to your temperature, so try to be as consistent as possible. If you take your temperature orally (I do mine vaginally since it proved to be more consistent), remember to place your thermometer same place every day.
You’ll see my temp spike the day after CD17 (7/9). Leading up to CD17, the ovulation kit indicated a surge. So I knew to BD during that time. Also, you can predict ovulation by checking your cervix, when it’s high and soft, it’s signaling for ovulation. Additionally, if you get watery or eggwhite-like cervical muscus, it’s also signaling for ovulation. All of these factors combined will help FF detect when your ovulation will or have occurred. the solid cross-hair (red cross) indicates that FF is pretty certain that my ovulation occurred on CD17. When you see dotted lines, it’s fairly certain but there are things on your chart that lessened the certainty.
Even if you’ve ovulated and confirmed w/ a temp spike, it won’t give you cross-hairs until 3-4 days after. FF likes to see 3-4 days of elevated temp before adding the cross-hair to your chart. Of course you can find all this information on FF website.
CM: cervical mucus<br />BD: baby dance<br />OPK: ovulation predictor kit<br />CP: cervical position<br />Stats: green spaces are the place the FF predicts your ovulation will occur based on historical entries<br />Meds: any special medication (for example, mine was “C” for Clomid)
Post # 4
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mzwiggy: Honestly, we bees are very helpful but it will be much easier for you to do the research yourself. Not to be a jerk! Posting to a forum is going to get you anecdotal info strewn all random and whatnot.
Buy or go to the library and get out Taking Charge of Your Fertility- it really helped me to see researched date in print rather than a bunch of random shit on the internet.
Try http://americanpregnancy.org/preventingpregnancy/fertilityawarenessnfp.html too
Post # 5
mzwiggy: Fertility Friend also has a great email newsletter system that’ll teach you the basics of charting. You can sign up for it when you log on to FF with a new account! Good luck! 🙂