Using Charting to PREVENT pregnancy?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I don’t have anything to add, but I’m in your exact situation, so I’m following this thread! My partner and I are childfree by choice, so I’m actually hoping to get my tubes tied when we’re married and I’m on his insurance. If not, I’m thinking of pill + IUD, which might be something you could look into, too!

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i guess i have never heard of anyone doing BCP and pulling out. sounds kinda silly. but to each their own. Can never be too careful! Also have you ever thought about getting the shot? ive never done charting. and everytime i have gotten pregnant i have not been on anything so thats a go figure. but i was on BCP for over 4 years and me and my husband are very active (usually a few times a day) and i have never gotten pregnant when on the pill. Now i am on the shot have been for almost 3 years, still very active! and no pregnancy yet!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i didnt know a doctor would allow BCP and a IUD sounds like a lot going on there. i dont remember what pill it was. i took it when i remembered ha i was pretty good at remembering everyday, it defiently was not always at the same time though.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

KristaMay:  I don’t think charting would work when you’re on the pill. Temperature / mucous changes all occur as a result if hormone changes (I would’ve thought), and you simply don’t have those hormone changes / ovulation happening. I would imagine charting would therefore be a waste of time. 

If you want two forms of BC, I think your only other option would be using condoms as well as the pill (there are some that aren’t as thick as others!). 

I used to worry.. But then I became more comfortable with my pill, I used to skip sugar pills regularly (discussed with my GP), and would generally only use barrier methods during the first and last week of active pills around a break (as missing a pill in the middle weeks required no action – as per my pill pamphlet, yours may be different). 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As far as I know, charting only works if you’re not on any hormonal birth control. The hormones in BCP will prevent you from ovulating, which will prevent your temp from rising. But the most important part of using FAM for birth control is monitoring your cervical fluid, and BCP hormones have a dramatic effect on that. So even if the Pill didn’t work one month so you did ovulate and your temp did rise, you wouldn’t know about it until it was too late because your cervical fluid would not give you any warning that ovulation was coming.

So I don’t think this plan will work, unfortunately.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hello, long time charter here. 

Charting wont work for you.  You are on the pill and therefore should not be ovulating.  Charting works by monitoring your bodies signs and pin pointing ovulation to either conceive or avoid conception. 

I would recommend you use BCP and condoms or spermicide if you are really concerned. You can also speak with your doctor abour your options. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

KristaMay:  I live in Los Angeles, so I’m hoping the doctors here are open minded! I lived in Mississippi last year, and I tried speaking with doctors there…it was a nightmare! It’s funny how they’ll say “You’ll change your mind” if you don’t want kids, but they wouldn’t dare say that to someone who did want kids. It also makes me angry that it would be pretty easy for my partner to get a vasectomy – most docs will do it regardless of whether or not the man has kids. (Sorry for the off topic rant!!)

I wonder if a copper IUD would work for you? I’m pretty, uh, small, and I’ve heard that Paragard is the best route to go. I’ve also heard of women using that one in conjunction with the pill, as it has no hormones.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

There is no point in charting if you’re on the pill. The pill stops ovulation and the signs of ovulation (I know you know that because you stated it above) which is what charting detects. If you really want to use another form of BC use condoms or the diaphragm or something. I was on the pill for a year and a half without getting pregnant. We never used any other form of BC except for once when I was on antibiotics and another time I forgot to take the pill two days in a row.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

And you can use charting to prevent pregnancy without any other prevention. When use correctly it’s just as effective as the pill.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

KristaMay:  I ALWAYS do my research, even after talking to doctors and pharmacists. I don’t trust them to tell me the whole truth. Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don’t. And I’m not saying that they are withholding information intentionally. They’re human too, so they forget. 

Also, the BCP alters your hormones. So even if you did go off of it you would have to wait a while before your hormones went back to how they were before the pill and then chart. But then you would be going back on the pill anyway and mess it all up again. I suggest reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It really helped me understand everything. Even if you are going to stay on the pill, it would still help you understand how everything works. the book would be able to tell you more than I can. It’s a big book. But almost half of it is sample charts, appendixes, glossary, etc. You could probably find it at your library. I breeEd through it in one night.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

KristaMay:  As PP mentioned,  charting won’t work because you won’t be ovulating on the pill. You will have nothing to track!

 

I’ve been on continuous birth control for 10 years (no sugar pills, just active,  so no periods). It is the only birth control I’ve used and never had a problem.  But I also never forget my pills. 

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