Post # 1
I just decided to come off the pill because I was diagnosed with a circulatory disease (nothing serious). We weren’t planning on TTC for about 6 more months, but I figure I can let my cycles regulate after being on the pill for years. I signed up on fertility friend and I watched all their videos. Darling Husband also had bought me “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” for Christmas but I haven’t read it yet.
I know there’s a lot of charters on here, so any advice for me? I’m a bit worried about how my cycles will be after being on the pill for almost 8 years!
Post # 3
1) read TCOYF, obviously 🙂
2) buy a good thermometer. Some ladies prefer a basal body thermometer, but they’re not necessary. Just make sure to get a high quality one.
3) take your temp at the same time EVERY day. Don’t lie in bed for 30 mins and temp, don’t get up to pee and then temp, don’t drink water or talk and then temp. After a few months, you’ll figure out how your temp reacts (for example, I can go to the bathroom an hour before temping or doze for a while before temping, and it doesn’t affect my temps). When you start out charting, try to be as precise as possible until you learn your body’s quirks
4) try not to focus on a single temp. You want to look at the big picture, not a single day. This can get really frustrating around O time, but you just gotta wait and see sometimes
5) using OPKs can be helpful. Charting only tell you when you O’d, but CM and OPKs can help you predict when you’re going to O.
Post # 4
@twofortheshow: Thanks for the advice! One thing I’m confused about it temping in the morning. I’ve read that it’s important to take it when you first wake up. Darling Husband has his alarm set two hours before I get up, and a lot of days it will wake me up. Is that when I should be taking my temp? I woke up this morning when his alarm went off and I took it and it was 97.7.. then I went back to sleep and got up my normal time and it was 98.3. So definitely a difference.
Post # 5
Yes, you should take it the first time you wake up. 🙂
Post # 6
@abbylyn: Thanks! I think I’ll have to have Darling Husband poke me awake on the days I don’t wake up haha. Thankfully my thermometer remembers the temperature so I can just take it and throw it on the night stand & go back to sleep!
Post # 7
Yes, like @abbylyn said, take your temp when your Darling Husband gets up. Set an alarm for yourself on days when he sleeps in (like the weekends).
ETA: Also, in the future, only test once in the morning, even if it’s early or late. You can always adjust the temp or disturb it if necessary. Temping multiple times can get confusing, and sometimes the thermometers haven’t had time to reset yet, which is why you can get wildly different temps even a minute apart. I know why you tested twice in this case, but I figured I’d throw out another helpful hint for you.
Post # 8