(Closed) book question – “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”…

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee

It’s pretty easy once you know all the little rules.  If you have a clear thermal shift and normal cervical fluid, then it should be an issue.  I don’t bother with the cervical checks b/c I don’t want to damage my insides (believe me, fingernails can hurt).

Post # 4
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I use this book like a bible personally and with my clients. 

I think I was the one that suggested it in your other thread ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Post # 5
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I just got it too and so far it’s great! You’ll hear so many people on these boards talk about it it almost feels like a “must have” even if you don’t end up charting. I’m going to start charting soon too, probably on Monday! My reason is not really either to TTC or for birth control (though more the latter than the former right now), but to get to know my body from now so when we do start TTC it’s easier! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

Post # 6
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

TCOYF is amazing! I don’t find it to be a big problem to keep track… I actually downloaded an app for my Blackberry that is called Period Calendar Delux, it has a spot for charting, tracks your cycles and cervical fluid, and it’s super easy because I always have my phone around, so I can update it whenever.


Love love love it

Post # 8
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I’ve been using TCOYF for 4 months to avoid… And so far so good! I love seeing my temperature drop the morning I’m going to get my period so I KNOW to put a tampon in my purse! No more surprises there.

Charting isn’t too big of a pain, once you learn how to do it. The first two months, I thought I ovulated about 15 times though… It would have been less pressure if we were TTC though–rather than trying to avoid! I know you’re supposed to wait 3 months before you start using the method for birth control so you can learn your body first, but we’re half trying to avoid and half not trying not to… so it works for us. I’ve read the pertinent “birth control” chapter about 15 times, and learn something new every time. Seriously, why did they not teach us these things in school? It’s pretty amazing.

Honestly, the biggest pain with charting is getting up early on the weekends ๐Ÿ™‚ but you only have to wake up enough to put the thermometer in your mouth, then you can go back to sleep.

Good luck! I’ve recommended TCOYF to all my friends. My only suggestion is to download and print off the PDF charting forms online–because they’re a little bigger than if you just photo copied them out of the back of the book.

Post # 9
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I have a copy of TCOYF and it is indeed full of great information. It’s pretty much the #1 book for learning natural family planning (which I’ve been doing for 3+ years now). Charting will teach you so much about your body. I used paper charts for many years, and there are also online programs and phone apps that will keep your charts for you.

ETA: at the beginning you should take your temperature every day to get into the habit of it, but actually once you have ovulated and seen the temperature rise it is not necessary to take your temperature again until your period begins, if you don’t want to. So if there’s a weekend or two after you ovulate and before your period starts, you actually do not have to wake up early—sleep on in and skip those temperatures. Just make sure you start again once your period begins.

Post # 11
2867 posts
Sugar bee

@JuneBride_26June2010:  It can affect the temperature is some women if you move before you take it, some are even affected if a light gets turned on.  It just depends.  For now, I’d suggest taking it while you’re still in bed.

Post # 13
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I read TCOYF.  As I am officially off the pill we are being extremely careful as we do not want to conceive for another 6 months or so.

For me there is nothing more annoying than charting on paper… when I was reading the book I was seriously thinking “shoot me now”!!!  Anyway there is an app on the iPhone called Fem Cal.  It has been great!  I just wake up, take my temp and enter it in, as well as any other relevant information that I should put in the app.  It then charts everything for me.

I could not use this method without it… of course I just started using it so it will take a while before I actually learn my non pill cycles…etc but it is definitely easier than charting on paper every day.

Post # 14
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I borrowed TCOYF from the library (and I’ve renewed it twice already!) and I have found it very helpful and not cumbersome at all.  I take my temperature at 7 am every morning – even on weekends – and I think it is a great education.  I keep a paper chart on my nightstand and fill it in every couple of days but I also use http://www.fertilityfriend.com which I’ve found pretty useful. The charts in the book vary because everyone is going to different.  I’m hoping it pays off for us soon!

Post # 15
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I should get this book in the mail at home today.. Im so excited and cant wait to start reading/learning!

Post # 16
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yeah I think I’ll be buying it too… As OP says, are we really grown women if we haven’t a clue how stuff works?! Time to start studying!

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