(Closed) TTC and Charting?!?!

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi Danni! Charting basically means you ‘chart’ all things TTC on a calendar so you can figure out when you’re ovulating and time BD’ing. Some people take a basal body temperature in the morning, others use OPK’s (or do both) and of course you write down when your cycle starts and any other symptoms that might be relevant.

I think the biggest challenge most people face when TTC is just knowing when ovulation happens, which is why writing everything down can be very helpful. You can examine trends in your cycle to see what day you typically ovulate and how long your phases are. This can be very useful if you have to go see a fertility specialist too, the more information you have the better.

Post # 4
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5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Get a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility (TCOYF around here) and buy a thermometer. 

You can also download the free FertilityFriend app, or opt for the VIP membership on their website.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I suggest visiting fertilityfriend.com which is an online charting site. There is a whole tutorial on how to chart and what to look for. I likes using the app for my phone too. You’ll know when to BD based on when you ovulate, which either charting or using OPKs can help you predict.

I also had very irregular cycles and I found using OPKs very helpful in determining when I would ovulate as I wasnt very good at taking my temp at the same time every day. But don’t worry, even if you’re irregular you can still get KU! I got my BFP on a cycle where i ovulated on Cd32. So I think educating yourself on how your body works is a great idea and will help you in your Ttc journey.

Good luck!!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

OPKs will only tell you if your body is gearing up to ovulate. It does not confirm ovulation.  For example, I got a positive OPK earlier this month and never ovulated and ended up getting another positive a week later. I ovulated that time for sure as it was confirmed by temping. The ONLY way to confirm ovulation is by taking your temp everyday at the same time in the morning before you get out of bed. I suggest going to fertility friend website. They have lots of tutorials to get you started. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I think charting is especially beneficial for someone who has irregular cycles because it helps you see when and if you ovulate. Charting is not that hard once you get the hang of it, but it’s a lot of info to process, and it’s kind of overwhelming at first. Once you get through a cycle of two, charting just become habit. The FertilityFriend tutorials are good, and the website/app are great for charting. Like PP, I highly recommend getting Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

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