Post # 1
Just curious, as alot of the ttc boards are all about charts and temps. Nothing wrong with that at all, but it seems like so much work and so stressful! I’m using an app just to track fertile periods, but now worrying that won’t be enough! For those of your who got bfp without charts and temping, do you think you would have had any advantages with using these methods? Irl, no one I know uses these methods (just good ol bd!) so being on the bee makes me wonder if I really need to chart?
Post # 2
No, you don’t need to chart. Lots of people got pregnant without it, and I agree it is stressful.
That being said though, an app is just going to guess your fertile period based on averages. So if you have a 30 day cycle, it will probably guess you o around CD15. But some women have longer or shorter luteal phases, and with a 30 day phase you could ovulate anywhere from CD14-20, and without charting you could miss your window. It’s also a good way to keep tabs on anything that migh be wrong, like if your luteal phase is too short.
If you don’t want to, you don’t have to….maybe try wihout it for a few months, and then consider trying it if you aren’t successful.
Post # 3
We’re not planning on TTC for another couple of months, but I think to start off – I, too, will just use an app to track when I’m most fertile and will just use that information for the first few months of TTC. After that, I may go with the temping, charting, etc.
I’ve been using a period tracker app for quite a few years that has that information on it, plus DLed a few other ones to check out. It’s usually been right on my expecting days, so I trust it.
Post # 4
I think it’s just that people who are just BD and not charting are less likely to post online about it, since there’s not a whole lot to say about it all. That said, there’s nothing wrong with your approach as long as you are patient! Plenty of people get pregnant that way! ; )
Post # 5
I tried OPK and they stressed me out! They stressed the DH out too! This month we are flying blind! So far it’s been a lot more fun!
Post # 6
Hahaha – of course not! Plenty of people get pregnant all the time without doing any of that stuff.
For some of us (like me) not knowing is the stressful part. I gladly took my temp each morning to learn about my cycle. Not knowing what was going on in my body would have been too frustrating for me.
But if all that stuff stresses you out – don’t do it! Enjoy the experience in whatever way is best for you!
Post # 7
We did nothing except have sex alot the first couple of months. Then I started to really want to get pregnant RIGHT NOW so I checked cervical position, cervical mucus and tried an OPK to make absolutely sure we hit the window. We still had sex alot as my husband didn’t want to know exactly when I was ovulating anyway. We got pregnant that month but I don’t think it was because
of the OPK, I think I would’ve conceived anyway.
Post # 8
I never charted or did OPK’s and we got pregnant my 2nd cycle off BC. I did check CM & cervical position the month we conceived but not sure that it really played a part. My plan going in to TTC was to give it 3 or 4 months of just BDing and if we didn’t see any results I would start using OPK’s and maybe eventually add in charting.
You don’t have to chart to be successful but it’s definitely helpful to know what’s actually happening in your cycles.
Post # 9
The app is just a guess, the only way to know for sure when you are ovulating and see your fertile window is to chart. If you’re new to TTC and don’t have any other issues that you know of, then you don’t need to chart, just go with the flow. But if it’s taking longer than you thought, charting is a great way to start tracking your cycles, confirm your fertile windows/ovulation and get you moving in the right direction. It took 18 cycles for us to successfully conceive and I started charting after about a year, I was definitely off on my ovulation estimation.
Post # 10
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When I was TTC i never charted or opk. I usually would just look for the ovulation mucus, once I saw it I tried to have sex for the nest few days. I got pregnant in two months doing this.
Post # 11
I just chart bc I find it interesting, though thinking back to this past cycle when we conceived, I’m sure charting was completely unnecessary as we bd like 6 days in a row, haha. With a 23 day cycle 6 days is gonna overlap with the fertile window somewhere even if I’m way off!
Post # 12
we’re TTC and when I told my doctor I was using an app to track my fertile times he yelled at me and told me to stop. He said for the first year we should just relax, have sex regularly, and try not to think about it too much so I’m following his advice. Although the cervical mucus and cramps are kind of hard not to notice so I usually have a general idea of when I’m fertile.
Post # 13
I chart because we are TTA, but when we switch to TTC, I don’t know if I will temp. I really hate temping and I feel like I could just use CM to determine when we are approaching O.
That said, if we TTC for a few months and nothing is happening, I will switch back to the symptothermal method of charting.
Post # 14
I think it depends on your age and how quickly you’re hoping to conceive. I’m 33 and have just started to chart with my first cycle off the pill, because I’m hoping to conceive fairly quickly, and if it doesn’t happen right away, I will have the data to help figure out what’s going on. Otherwise, I could spend, say, 6-12 months not charting, realize something might be wrong, and then have to spend several more months trying to identify the issue. As I’m approaching my mid-30s, I don’t want to waste that much time. If I was still in my mid (even late) 20s, I’d be less likely to chart right off the bat. (Although, let’s face it – I’m a bit of a control freak as well, so maybe I would have regardless 🙂 ) But most people get pregnant without charting, so it’s by no means necessary!
Post # 15
I second what you said! I’m 34 and started charting because we want to get pregnant within the year. I wanted to figure out my own fertile window and LP so we have a better chance each month. Also, I thought the info may be useful if we’ve been at it for 6 mo. with no luck.