When to start Charting?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
Member
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Since you have PCOS, I would definitely say the sooner the better on charting. You will get to see your cycle/ovulation patterns and it’ll give you a good idea of how things will flow when you do actually start TTC. 

Post # 4
Member
1436 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went off BC in January and started charting at that point, the plan was to start TTC in the fall, but we (will mostly I) got impatient and we started in July. 

Post # 6
cherrypieBee
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

As soon as possible! That way, you’ll have the most cycles of data in-hand in case you need them to “troubleshoot.” It will take you several cycles to start seeing your personal “pattern” anyway.

Post # 8
Hostess
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@jny1179:  @cherrypie:  +1 

 

These ladies are right. If you already know you have PCOS I would start right away. That way you already have the charts to get a referral if you need one and you won’t have to wait even more months if you already know something is wrong.

 

I don’t have PCOS but took my IUD out in January of this year to start charting for a variety of reasons. My charts look pretty healthy, but we aren’t really TTC yet. (We gave it a go this summer, but have more or less been somewhere between NTNT and TTA otherwise.) We probably can’t start really TTC until around January. DH isn’t even in the country right now, but I’m still charting because I’m in the habit now and it only takes a minute. Plus, I’m so glad that we have the charts now. Theoretically, we could still have problems, but I could easily now request a referral earlier if we did because I’ll have a lot of charts to show that I’m not just missing my window.

 

 

 

Post # 9
Member
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Stephville:  Since you have PCOS, start charting when you get your next period.  That way you can get the hang of charting and see if there is any pattern to your cycles over the next year.  If there is a major issue with your charts, then you have proof to show your OB/GYN so they will be more likely to step in and help before a full year of TTC with no success.  (Tip: Most OB/GYNs won’t worry or get involved with TTC unless you have spent a year TTC with no success.  However, if you have a documented issue in your charts, they will be more likely to step in and help earlier.)

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