Post # 1
I’m not even close to ttc, but when I look at all posts on the bee, I see all this charting stuff. I even looked at a chart too because I was curious.
can anyone explain to this non ttc what charting is, how you do it, and what it means?
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@McBezel: Basically charting is the only way you can be sure you ovulated without a blood test or ultrasound. You take your basal body temp first thing every morning when you wake up and put it into your chart. Your tempature rises after you have ovulated so you can pinpoint your ovulation. You also can chart other predictors like your cervical mucous, cervix ect.
Do you have regular cycles?
My personal feeling is that it is a huge pain in the butt and I hated doing it. Some girls love it. Unless you have known reasons that could make getting pregnant hard I wouldn’t think too much into it and try having fun getting pregnant atleast the first few months. If you end up having issues getting pregnant there will be plenty of time to get ‘hardcore’ with trying. (this is coming from someone who has fertility problems)
Post # 5
@McBezel: You can even start just by charting your periods to monitor your cycles. Fertility Friend is a free app, and it just looks like a calendar. When you start, just mark it off, and it will keep track of your typical cycles. Tracking your temps or cervical mucus is for charting ovulation predictors, but don’t worry about that just yet.
Post # 6
@McBezel: Actually many bees chart to avoid a pregnancy as a natural contraceptive. No need to take birth control, etc. I would suggest to anyone planning to chart to do so before TTC because it can be overwhelming and tricky at first. Even after stopping birth control, the first period may take months to come.
I started charting bascially taking my temperature every monring, recording it, checking the tp for cerival mucus color and texture, and taking ovulation prediction tests more than a year ago, and we are barely getting ready to start trying for baby #1. You put all the information in an online/mobile fertility chart, then at the end of the cycle, you can appreciate your pattern and pinpoint your ovulation day. Many women forget how important ovulation is especially when trying to conceive a baby.
You can also read a book called Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. It’s a wonderful book for informational purposes. Charting is a great tool to learn “what in the world is your body doing?” when it comes to your menstrual cycle. It can help answers like: Am I ovulating? When am I ovulating? How long is my fertile window? Is my BBT low? How long is my luteal phase? Is my luteal phase long enough for implantation of the embryo? When can I start taking a pregnancy test? How far along in my pregnancy am I? etc.
Post # 7
We are not actively TTC yet, just NTNP. I downloaded the Fertility Friend app and let me tell you, the information is overwhelming! I am interested in learning about my cycles but since I’m not TTC yet, I feel too lazy to do all those things like take body temp, buying the kits, etc. The only thing I do now is checking the mucous because it doesn’t require extra work haha.
I think it’s good to learn about this whole TTC/charting process for when you are ready/want to!
Post # 8
@McBezel: charting is plotting your daily waking temperature on a graph (or using an app) to track your cycles and pinpoint when you ovulate so that you can time intercourse appropriately in order to conceive.
Every day at the same time, you take your temperature using a basal body thermometer either orally or vaginally before you stand up, go to the bathroom, hit snooze, or do any other activity. Your cycle starts on the first day of red blood flow from your period. You can hand draw your chart, or use the Fertility Friend app.
Like @candy11: said, lots of women use this as a natural family planning method. Some women even mentioned that they were taught about it in Catholic premarital classes!
I used Fertility Friend to track my periods for years before I started to chart. I chart now to better time intercourse for conception, but also spent a few months charting in order to avoid getting pregnant by being able to identify my fertile time.