Post # 1
When I came off BC I wasn’t planning on charting bc I get stressed easily, and didn’t want to make this whole process feel like work….well NOW i’m on CD 39 with no AF and turns out not knowing what my body doing is stressing me even more. I think I want to start charting just to get a better idea of when to expect AF! So that brings me to my questions…
1) Would charting by JUST using BBT be enough? I’m not very good at checking for or recognizing CM
2) Does it make any sense to start now or should I wait for my next period (whenever that happens)?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Oops can someone move this to TTC please?
Post # 4
I, too started charting after a long post m/c cycle when I stressed myself wondering when AF would arrive. After that I knew I needed to temp to understand my cycle and know for sure when I ovulated. To answer your questions:
1)BBT is enough, CM and CP can be used to correlate and provide additional information but if you don’t want to track them you don’t have to. You could also use OPKs which can help.
2) I would wait for your next period to have a complete chart. At his point, you don’t know where you are in your cycle (if you have already O’d or not), so it would be hard to use the temps from this cycle to determine patterns with future cycles.
Post # 5
I’m in roughly the same boat as you– stopped BCP this month, but I started charting (BBT only) right away. Not because I really think I can get much out of this month’s chart, between hormone fluctuations coming off the pill, traveling, and not being used to taking my temp every morning so not doing it at the same time, but I do see a really rough pattern emerging. I’m charting mostly to know what’s going on, when to expect my period, and to see if I’m ovulating. This month is mostly a test though.
I’d start charting when you get your period. Like others said, it can’t really tell you much right now. I’m doing temping only for now– it’s easing me into it since I guess I’m still squeamish about the CM stuff, plus since I’m not yet using it for contraceptive or conceiving purposes, I don’t think it’s quite necessary. AND, I have read that the first couple of months off the pill the CM is all over the place anyway. So in your case, what I would do is start temping when you get your period and go from there. Good luck– I hate that feeling of not knowing when it is coming!
Post # 6
@skipper2010: Did you recently stop BC? That could be the reason for your long cycle and it’s part of the reason that I started charting as well.
CM isn’t necessary to chart, but it will become more obvious as the BC works its way out of your system (at least it did for me).
I would second @chastenet:
when she says to wait for the first day of your next period. Charting before then might not yield much info since you don’t know where you are in your cycle.
Have you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility yet? Very informative.
Post # 7
Thanks so much! I’ll take your advice and wait until AF shows to start charting. It’s good to know that I can start with just temping (makes it all a little less overwhelming).
Not knowing when it’s coming is the WORST! Nice to know I’m not the only one. 🙂
Yup I’m on my second cycle off BC. I haven’t read TCOYF yet, but I’m planning on it. Thanks for responding!
Post # 8
It’s funny you should say that, because my second cycle off of BC was considerably longer than my first as well. TCOYF was a really easy read and that’s how I learned how to chart.