Post # 1
After having issues with BC for about the last year, I’ve decided to stop taking it after I finish up this last pack. I’m not familiar with a lot of the TTC lingo, but I’m interested in learning about charting, etc. I welcome any and all information! We don’t want to get pregnant yet, but I figured it would be good to start preparing my body for it.
Post # 3
You should get the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. The charting bees swear by it.
Post # 4
I second the book. I also signed up for fertilityfriend.com’s charting courses. Every morning I got emailed a lesson about a specific topic. They also have good online charting software.
Post # 5
I never charted but I used an app for my phone to track my periods and it also gave me peak fertility times (of course I had a very regular cycle). Using that – I went off BC 9 mos before our wedding and never had any problems and got pregnant the first time we “tried” after the wedding.
Post # 6
I’m hoping that my cycle is normal! We would like to do family planning for a couple of few months and conceive around late summer/early fall.
Post # 7
@mrs.strz: Hi! I was in the same boat as you back in November/December. I took my last pack of pills in Nov, and Dec was my first month off. I was soooo nervous, but my cycles have been very normal (to the day!)
I read the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility (TCOYF.COM) and I highly, highly recommend it. It explains a lot about your own body that will give you tools to figure out when/if you are ovulating, when the best time to TTC is, and things like that. It seems like a really big textbook, but I just read a little bit at a time, and then went back to the “important” parts. It has been the best thing for me, because now I am TTC and I feel like I know so much more about my body and so much more about how to “try!”
Post # 8
@LoveHappy: Congrats to you on TTC! It sounds like I need to get that book. Several people have been recommending it!
Post # 9
I think most experts agree that if you were super regular before you went on BC, you will most likely be like clockwork coming off of it. My SIL went off birth control and ovulated exactly 2 weeks later. 2 weeks after that she had a positive pregnancy test (she was trying). She told me she was so regular, she knew down to the hour when she would get her period. Lucky her. I, on the other hand, have cycles that vary each time unless I am on BC. Sometimes they are 4 weeks, sometimes they are as much as 7 (my first cycle post-BC was 47 days). In cases like mine, they say cycles will be as irregular as before. In some extreme cases, coming off BC can mess with cycles that were regular to begin with.
Anyways, you can still chart with irregular cycles but it’s hard to use as a method of BC because the general days vary so much.