Post # 1
I know I could buy TCOYF or search this, but you guys are always so helpful, so hopefully, you can answer this question quickly before I have a chance to go out shopping.
Before BC, my cycles were competely off the wall! I mean, somewhere between 30 and 60 days…On BC, they were usually 28-30 which I LOVED. Now that I’m off BC again, my cycles are much better, but still somewhere between 30-40 days.
DH & I are sorta TTC, but we’d hoped to take a pretty relaxed approach which means no charting and no OPKs.
I’m expecting AF this week, but if she doesn’t show, I think we might need to step it up and charting seems like the best first step. With over a week as a potential FW, it’s hard to keep up that BD schedule lol What I really need to know is my O date, so we can concentrate our ‘efforts’ lol
Anyway, that was my long-winded way of getting to my question…
With charting, would I be able to tell before I ovulate that it’s coming or will charting only tell me after it’s happened?
Post # 2
Charting only confirms your O date, at least until you get a few cycles in and can start to tell what your own patterns are.
Ideally, you want to do OPKs and temping. The OPK will predict O, and temping will confirm it.
Post # 3
Hi! My answer for you would be yes and no. How long have you been off of BC? Because sometimes when you first get off BC your cycles will seem one way, then a few months later it can change. So yes, because with charting, you can start to get the feel for when you’re going to ovulate. Even if your cycles are never the perfect 28 days, you can begin to track your pre-ovulation symptoms. Like for me, I started noticing a pattern…3-5 days before I ovulate (start BDing!), I’d get minor cramping and my boobs/nips (sorry!) would be sore right around the day of O, etc.
I also said no, because the actual charting app can never know for sure your exact O date. Sure, it’ll give you an estimate, but it’s not necessarily correct. It will (as you mentioned) confirm ovulation though after it’s happened.
In the end, it all comes down to how far into it you two want to get. You can start with just temping and/making notes of specifics, or you can dive into temping, specifics, CM, cervix position, etc. I hope this helps a little! Just my POV 😉 Good luck!!
Post # 4
Glasgowbound: krystallite: Thanks for your help ladies. That’s kinda what I thought, so thanks for confirming. I’ve been off bc since December, so I would think that my cycles should be pretty settled now.
We will see if AF shows up this week and then we will take it from there. This is only cycle 3, so it hasn’t been that long.
Post # 5
smiles4jo: I agree with PPs. I really enjoy charting because I like knowing what my body is doing and actually find it pretty fascinating how everything changes around ovulation. If it’s only been a few months since coming off BCP then your cycles may still be getting back to “normal”. What I like knowing is when I ovulate (we’re TTA until next summer) so we can be extra safe during the fertile window and prevent pregnancy right now.
It does take some time to see the patterns in your body. Around ovulation I will have slight cramping and my boobs will be much heavier. Without temping, checking CM, and cervical position though it would only be a guess. I like the confirmation-especially since I was on BCP for so long and wanted to make sure my body was still functioning correctly. Good luck to you and your DH!
Post # 6
I haven’t charted yet. From what I can tell, those who chart on the bee are much more in tune with everything their body is doing than I am. Personally, I am intimidated by charting but also don’t exactly live the lifestyle required to get good temps. I breathe through my mouth when I sleep sometimes, we have a temperature issue in our bedroom (hot to cold when the AC comes on), and I travel for work which means sleeping odd hours sometimes, sometimes not sleeping very well at all. I also drink a ton of water and usually wake up at some random time every night to pee, and drink alcohol occasionally.
Anyway, long story short is that I use digital OPKs and although they’re more costly than buying a basal therm, I like them because they warn you when your peak is coming, along with monitoring CM seems to do well for me. I got KU on the first shot doing that, although did have a MC and am back to trying now. Good luck whatever you decide to do!
Post # 7
Charting has been very eye opening for me! I am a hot sleeper, sometimes mouth breather, occasional drinker and I travel for work about once a month. So far, I have had to discard a temp or two, but it is still useful! I always thought I knew when I ovulated… Turns out I was wrong! After a few months, I know better when I am going to ovulate. Facinating how our bodies work!
get a basal thermometer, the Fertility Friend app and see what you learn!
Post # 8
Charting temperatures will only confirm ovulation after it has happened. However, charting your other fertility signs (cervical mucous, cervical position) will tell you when you’re getting ready to ovulate. I’ve been charting for a year now, and I can pretty much pinpoint when I’m going to ovulate within a day or two (and I’m not your average cycle day 14 girl – my ovulation date has ranged from cycle day 16 to 23). It could make it a lot easier to see “OK, I’m having eggwhite CM, and my cervix is high – I’m going to ovulate within the next few days, so it’s time to get to it!”