Post # 1
Oh. My. God. So, after a sudden change of his heart, FI and I have agreed to start trying for a baby in October. Today, I have my pre-TTC appt with the dr, and I have to say I am way too excited! I’m currently on depo, and I was under the impression I would be able to just start taking the pill around the time that my shot would be wearing out. apparently not. She told me not to start my pill until I get a period – that might not even happen until October or even later! (which we knew anyway).
SO, all this means that as of May 20th – I can officially start to chart! Yayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!
HOWEVER I am totally in shock because I really didn’t think I’d get this opportunity and am soooooo uneducated when it comes to this sort of thing. So here come my silly silly questions. Do I need a special thermometer? Or is a regular thermometer (like the kind you use to check a fever) OK? Seond, is there a specific time that is best to check my temp? Do people prefer using FertilityFriend or TCOYF to help them chart? Ummmmmmm, anything else I really should know??? lol (I am aware that although I wont be using any hormonal contraception charting probably wont show too much/be of much use because I wont ovulate for a while – but at least I will have an idea of what is going on with my body).
I also ordered my copy of TCOYF today – like I said, way too excited and way too far ahead of myself! I also found this great bundle on ebay (from a legit store in Melbourne) check it out!
I think a few deep breaths are in order! lol
Post # 3
1. Thermomenter – you want a basal temp thermometer. It has 2 decimal points, a lower range for temps, and is more accurate within that range. I know some ladies use regular ones, butI like having the BBT ones. They’re not that expensive either. Like 10 dollars and there is usually a store brand.
2. I like FF more – I like the interface. I feel like TCOYF is dated looking. And I love all of the analytical tools on FF VIP. I swore I wouldn’t pay for VIP but I ended up doing it when I was offered a discount. I’m glad I did, I love those features.
3. In the morning – right when you wake up. Keep the thermomet and phone,etc on the bed or right near it. You want to move as little as possible. Same time every day is much more accurate. Otherwise you’ll get weird temp fluctuations.
Random: Not sure if you drink, but drinking massively affects my temps. So I make a point to not drink anywhere near O or AF so it doesn’t get masked aritifically.
Check out the “TTC – What to expect” thread. It probably has more helpful info than me.
Post # 4
@BabyBrain: Reading TCOYF will help you a TON!!!
She actually says NOT to use a BBT that has 2 decimal places. Only 1. I use the Nexcare BBT. I really like it. I agree with everything else @Mrs.LemonDrop: said!
Good luck 🙂
Post # 5
I agree with @Mrs.LemonDrop for the most part.
1. I just use a regular digital thermometer, and it works fine. As long as you can see a temp shift, any thermometer will work, although some women prefer a BBT thermometer. I’ve also read that it’s not good to use a thermometer that measure to two decimal places because it makes it harder to see a shift.
2. I use both FF and TCOYF. I like FF better, and it’s my main charting place where I’ll input medication, travel, symptoms, and other stuff. I mostly just use TCOYF to confirm. It tends to be a little stricter than FF, which can be helpful. That being said, TCOYF’s software is pretty annoying, and you can only see three month’s worth of charts unless you pay to be a member. Lame.
3. As soon as you wake up. Don’t get up, don’t talk, don’t drink, don’t do anything other than stick the thermometer in your mouth. Eventually you might find that getting up to go to the bathroom or lying in bed dozing for 30 mins doesn’t affect your temps, but it’s better to be conservative in the beginning. If you wake up at 8am, but your husband wakes up at 7am and disturbs you, set your alarm for 7 as well. Just temp and go back to sleep.
Additional advice: Temp once and only once! Digital thermometers need time to reset, and checking your temps multiple times only causes confusion. Don’t focus on one single temp because you’re looking for a pattern.
Also, if you do happen to start your period before you’re ready to TTC in October, and you decide to take hormonal BC, charting during those months won’t yield relevant data. Taking the hormones will just screw up your cycles again. Really, unless there’s a medical reason or a strong preference, I’d just use condoms or another barrier method since you’re planning on TTC soonish anyway.
Post # 6
Thanks so much guys for all your help!
@Mrs.LemonDrop: I might just start with a normal thermometer, so as to not get too far ahead of myself! (i really think its a bit late for that though! haha)As for drinking – I’m actually a very good girl! I rarelyyyyy have even one drink, lol. Much less drink in excess. I do have my moments though!!! hehe.
@RoyalLime: Thanks for the luck!!! I’ll save for when October finalllly rolls around! hehe. Only 28 weeks away! haha Not that I’m counting or anything. I’m sure I’ll only get more carried away once my TCOYF book arrives!
@twofortheshow: Thanks for the info on the charting sites! So many things to think about and it’s getting me more and more excited! ha. If I were to get a period before October I think I would want to go back on the pill (despite the fact I wont be able to chart anymore lol). Only because (and this is a really selfish reason) we are going overseas in October also for a short holiday, and I want to be able to control my body and hopefully prevent my period from coming while I’m over there – due to the lack of hygeine where we are going, it just doesnt seem sanitary to me! But thanks for being concerned enough to mention it – makes me feel so loved! hehe. Having said that – if my cycle does go back to normal pretty quick and isn’t due around that time – I probably wont go back on the pill. lol.
Once again, wayyyyyyyy too excited! haha. Thanks ladies!