Post # 1
For those of you who use/know all about this method.. Please help.
I have extremely irregular cycles. I just went off birth control in February, and my last period was in March. My FI and I are planning on TTC in March, right after our wedding. I have a doctors appintment coming up next week to see what’s going on from that standpoint, but I have been doing a lot of research on charting basal body temperature. I’d like to start trying, just to see if I can develop some sort of pattern, even without a period. Does anyone see this as possible? Is it pointless to chart since I can’t start on the first day of my cycle because I don’t know when that is? Please help! Thanks!
Post # 3
There’s no harm in starting to chart now. If nothing else, you will see a big temp drop right before you get your next period, so you will at least have a few hours warning!
Post # 4
It’s good to get in a habit of taking your temperature right when you wake up with a BD thermometer. My suggestion is to use fertilityfriend.com or femilia.com to track your information until you start having your period regularly then you can switch to doing paper charts or continue using the website.
Have you read any NFP/FAM books?
It’s good that you’re going to the doctor. My sister didn’t have a period for 7 months and went, found she has PCOS. Hopefully they can find the underlying reason for why you have had a period.
Also, NFP/FAM does work with those who have irregular cycles.
Post # 5
Yea, my doctor has mentioned PCOS in the past, did an ultrasound and didn’t find any cysts, so I never got a firm diagnosis. I just want to be normal and be able to have babies so anything I can do to make that as easy as possible I will do!
Post # 6
Well they can do a blood test and that can give you an answer. PCOS dx doesn’t always present with cysts. It’s easier to dx that way, but a blood test will also determine.
I’m sure you’re aware of the other symptoms.
Another prospect is hypothyroidism, I have it and it causes me to have irregular cycles.
Post # 7
Definitely you can start charting without having a recent first day of your cycle.
If you haven’t already, get yourself a copy of the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Wechsler. It explains everything you’d want to know about how natural family planning works. Also, since it is a real-time method it should work with cycles of any length, though of course as you are learning it might take longer to get the hang of it. It will also help you after you wedding when you want to start TTC. I have been using NFP for almost three years now—feel free to p.m. me if you have any questions.
Post # 8
Thank you so much @chelseamorning!
Post # 9
I second TCYOF. I was skeptical at first, but I devoured that book in 3 days. 🙂 I can’t wait to start FAM and get rid of these icky hormones! 2 more weeks… 🙂