Post # 1
DH are planning to TTC in the coming months. I have been on birth control (specifically the Nuva ring) for 9 years. I know it can take time to get a “normal” cycle and for other it can happen right away. I guess my question is how will I know if my cycle is normal? Will I have to start charting right away? I started my period today and would normally place the ring back in on Wednesday but I will just stop using it at this point. then would I consider to stay day one of my cycle?
thanks in advance for your help
Post # 3
Yes, today would be day 1 of your first cycle off birth control. Good luck!
Post # 4
@Dressed obsessed: I would download an app like period tracker. You enter the beginning and end of your period and it will show you how regular or irregular you are. I find charting to be really intensive and obsessive making. Unless you want that level of detail, is start with the app.
Post # 5
@mamadingdong: that’s my concern. I want to be a bit more relaxed then having to chart, but I also want to know what’s going on haha
Post # 6
@Dressed obsessed: Yes today is day 1 of your cylce. Remember just because you get a period doesn’t mean you ovulate. Without ovulating, there is no way to get pregnant. Charting can help you find out whether you ovulate or not. Charting only takes a couple minutes a day and can be very helpful. Good luck!
Post # 7
@Dressed obsessed: I would say try just a general tracking for a few months. If nothing happens, then try charting. Good luck! I only ever used the period tracker and got pregnant the first time we had unprotected sex during my fertile week.
Post # 8
@mamadingdong: I agree.
If you want to start charting/temping etc go for it! But my husband and I are all for the relaxed approach for now, and I am just tracking my period and we’re having lots of sex between days 10 and 20. I just don’t like the attitude that you HAVE to chart/temp/OPK to be TTC.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the tips ladies!!!
Post # 10
I loved charting, but agree that it’s not necessary for everyone (it ended up being necessary for me) – to begin with I just printed a yearly calendar and circled the start of each new cycle – very old-school! I also had a symbol that showed when spotting started compared to actual flow (which came in handy down the track). Just be aware that online calendars that predict fertile days are doing it based on ‘average’ cycles, but not many people have that perfect cycle, so don’t become TOO reliant on only having sex when your phone tells you 🙂 if you want to do a little reading about cervical mucous that can be an easy, quick and free ovulation predictor that is super helpful (but not always in the first month while regulating).