Need Advice: Charting to avoid pregnancy

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Start temping the first heavy day of your period. Since you don’t know when you’ll ovulate, better to be safe by using a backup like condoms up until you can confirm ovulation with a temp shift. You can try the pull out method, it can be reliable as well. Start using the OPKs around 8 or 9 days after your period starts. If you test once a day, test in the mid afternoon, like 3pm. If you test twice a day, do once in the morning, once at like 3. Good luck!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

mrsmbeegee:  Since it’s your first cycle off of BCP, I would have sex every other dry day at most and abstain as your CM gets closer to ready. Since it’s your body’s first time without extra hormones, and your first month temping, I’d be extra careful until you see the ovulation indication on OPK and through temp/CM tracking. After the 4 days and your CM dries up, go to town until AF.

Now, for me, my first cycle off BCP was tricky. I thought I’d ovulated around day 15, but didn’t really until day 31. We were trying, and were successful, but it can really be tricky to tell.

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

mrsmbeegee:  I typically test around that time and I do see positive’s when I get my surge.  I do also test in the AM with FMU — I’ve personally justified that this helps balance my later in the afternoon test.

 

I just can’t see myself bringing a cup and strips into work to test there mid afternoon :-p

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you’re charting to avoid, you definitely need to learn about tracking your cervical mucus. OPKs will only tell you when you’re about to ovulate in 12 – 36 hours. By the time you get a positive OPK, you may already be well into your fertile period since sperm can live for up to five days under the right conditions. 

It’s really a good idea to get a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility if you’re planning on using charting to avoid. Getting your information piecemeal isn’t the ideal way to figure out charting. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Echoing PP’s – definitely read Taking Charge of Your Fertility.  I’ve successfully used FAM to TTA for 3 years, but it took a long time before I was comfortable following the rules and listening to my body to figure out where in my cycle I was.  Good luck! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

I agree with others saying to track your cervical fluid.  I have PCOS with a 32ish day cycle and am TTC.  I found that what the cycle trackers noted as my fertile period was a week earlier than my actual fertile time (as evidenced by fluid, ovulation tests….my temp is all over the place so now help there). 

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