Post # 1
FI and I aren’t going to start TTC until about October 2014 (so about a year away) I have been diagnosed with PCOS, I was on the pill for about 4 years and just finished my last pack last month. I haven’t had my first period yet since stopping the pill and I have no idea when to expect it but I’m crossing my fingers it will come around October 6th.
I was just curious, since FI and I know when we’re going to start TTC when would be a good time to start charting? Should I wait until we actually TTC or would it be worth getting together information now? Or maybe like 6 months before we actually TTC? ..Sorry I’m a total newbie in this area lol
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Thanks for the replies! I’m going to start charting for my next period.. Hopefully it comes soon! =)
Post # 6
- 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 # 7
@cherrypie: I’m actually kind of excited for charting.. I’m going to pick up a BBT Thermometer this week!
Post # 8
@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
- 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.)
Post # 10
@Mrs.LemonDrop: I’m going to start charting *fingers crossed* in a couple of weeks! Thanks for all the info =) I’ve been keeping an eye on my CM and it seems to be coming along right on track, so hopefully, I’ll get a period! lol
@beachbride1216: This is exactly why I was thinking.. Starting to chart now will give me a bit of a head start for when we actually start to TTC. I want to be some what prepeard because we want to have a baby before FI turns 40, he will be 38 at the time of the wedding and if I start tracking myself now, my doctor (or my OB/GYN if I get one) as you said, may be willing to step in and help get us on track sooner then later.