(Closed) Another Charting Question

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You would start charting when you stop taking BCP.  For the condoms- depends how upset you would be if you ended up pregnant.  Your first few months off BCP your cycle can be pretty crazy, so I wouldn’t count on charting to prevent pregnancy.  After you’ve settled into a more regular cycle you should be able to use your chart to know when you could get pregnant

Post # 4
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5109 posts
Bee Keeper

@Snow00774:  Agreed with the PP, that you should start when you get off BC. I’d recommend starting the day you get your withdraw bleed and call that cycle day 1.

Like she said, your cycle may or may not be hecka crazy. Charting while TTA is really tough and you have to be super diligent about everything to avoid fertile times. It may be super clear when you are going to ovulate, so you would just not have sex that week before, but it may be super unclear. Time will tell! Good luck!!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I started temping/charting as soon as I stopped taking the pill and called the first day of bleeding CD1. But I didn’t trust it as birth control until the 3rd full cycle charting, and ever that, technically, was pushing it– like if I had gotten pregnant by accident, I would call it user error, not method failure. So it depends how comfortable you are with the risk. 

We generally used condoms or pull out until ovulation was confirmed, because I didn’t trust myself to interpret CM well enough yet. Once O was confirmed with temps, we didn’t use any other protection. But we were TTC within a few months, so we were comfortable with any risk we were taking (including pulling out).

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I went back and forth on this, too.  We decided to only stop bcp and start charting when we were ok with getting a BFP that month. I don’t know yet how long it will take to sort out my cycles, but I think you plan for 6 months plus, but prepare for the first month.  

The next two months would actually be better ones for us, so if they aren’t successful I may start charting to avoid in Dec/Jan.  Hopefully I will have a better handle on charting by then!

 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@ChuckNorris:  @Snow00774:  I actually only started getting menstrual migraines after I stopped BCP. The first month off they were brutal and strong meds only took the edge off. After the pill worked its way out they got way better, but I couldn’t believe how bad they were at first! 

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