Post # 1
All you wonderful ladies who are TTC or succesfully charted, I need help. I don’t know the first thing about it and figure I should start since we have been trying for 18+ months with no positives. What site/form do you use? What do all the terms mean? I have a basil thermometer but not sure where to go from there.
thanks for any help!
Post # 3
I charted succesfully with a positive PT this morning! I used charting originally to track my periods since I was going off BC and needed a way to know when it was coming. Turns out it is a really great indicator of ovulation and did the trick!
I use fertilityfriend.com. They have an app that I downloaded on my phone as well. Every morning my alarm goes off at 6am. I stick the thermometer in my mouth wait for it to beep, take it out of my mouth and either get up or go back to sleep. It’s important to take your temp at the same time everyday first thing i.e. don’t go to the bathroom, drink water, etc. My thermometer remembered my temp and I would enter it later when I was more awake. FF also records your periods and when you have intercourse. You should also be checking your CM – cervical mucus as that is a great indicator of ovulation. And remember to start the BD – baby dance two days before ovulation as the sperm travels/stays viable for up to two days in the uterus.
Honestly I’m relatively new to charting but I know FF will be able to point you in the right direction. They have 3 videos to watch to learn how to chart. GL!
Post # 4
@baletrina: That’s great, thanks! An app on my phone will be a lot easier then a form!
Post # 5
I second the fertility friend idea! Love it!
Post # 6
@Birdee106: I strongly recommend reading “Taking Charge of Your Fertility.” It outlines everything you need to know about charting. I also use Fertility Friend since they have an iPhone app. Their website has a lot of graet resources too. Have you done some searching on the Bee? You’ll find a lot there too, including a thread just for Bees who are charting – “Charters of the Hive.”
PP is right, make sure you take your temp at the same time every day, BEFORE doing anything, and track your CM as well.
You’ll get the hang of it in no time. It’s really cool to see how your temp and body change throughout your cycle. Good luck!
Here is a list of common TTC abbreviations: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/ttc-pregnancy-and-baby-acronyms
Post # 7
@Blue Eyes: I was about to post the same thing! TCOYF is mind-opening.
Post # 8
@Blue Eyes: This is super helpful, thanks!
Post # 9
I also used fertility friend. Also like PP mentioned, make sure you get a basal thermometer that has a memory. I always set my alarm for 5 am, so be sure that I’d actually be woken up from sleep, rather than just kind of dozing until my alarm goes off for work. I’d just stick it in my mouth, take my temp and go back to sleep, and it would be saved on the screen the next time I turned it on.
I also used Fertility Friend. They have a tutorial about what to do and how it works, and the software does a lot of the work.
Have you had any further testing done? 18 months I’d definitely be starting to get a referral to an RE or doing a semen analysis to see if timing is really the issue…
Here’s a link to my charts if you want to take a peek:
Post # 10
@SapphireSun: My husband did a sa and everything is fine and I had blood tests and some other stuff done by my gyno and she said everything looked great. If we aren’t pregnant by next October his mom will pay for more testing/treatment but we have to wait a year. She doesn’t know we were trying before we got married. I want to try charting a little bit before I look into more testing. I need to actually try it the right way first.
Post # 11
@ahavah: Great minds think alike! I couldn’t put it down, it had sooo much great info!
@Birdee106: You’re welcome 🙂
ETA: Just thought of something else… Alcohol affects your BBT (basal body temp), so keep that in mind. I’ve had my temp jump a lot after having a couple glasses of wine the night before.
Post # 12
@Blue Eyes: I don’t drink so that won’t be a problem but thanks!