Post # 1
This is my first cycle off BC and I was very irregular before the pill so I wanted to start charting to see whether I’m ovulating. My husband and I are currently NTNT but may start actively TTC within the next couple months. I know it’s bad timing, but within my first month off BC, we traveled to Hawaii (6 hour time difference). I tried to take my temps as soon as I woke up each morning after having slept at least 3 consecutive hours, but I only entered the time it was in Hawaii which is way off what it is back home (North Carolina). I also know the traveling may have caused false shifts but my question for all you charters is, how accurate is Fertility Friend at predicting ovulation since there is no adjustment for traveling/time difference? Currently, it is telling me that I’m 3DPO at CD28, which seems accurate based on my temps for the past 4 days, but doesn’t exactly correlate with my CM.
Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
I’ve found it to be really reliable. However, I’ve been charting for nearly a year and my cycles are really regular. I think with being newly off BCP and the time difference it will be hard to know for sure this month. I think it takes about 3-4 cycles of charting for FF to predict really accurately. I would say to for sure use a back up method for now 🙂
And just make sure when you’re temping you are doing it at the same time each day and not moving around before (or talking!). I keep my thermometer in my bed under my pillow 🙂
Post # 4
i also traveled the first month off BCP, but i found FF accurate. my cycles are on the longer side, but we just used a backup until i became more comfortable with my cycle. 6 months using FF TTA and no baby yet! we’re now using it to TTC, so i’m hoping that it works well in the other direction too. 🙂
Post # 5
I’ve always found FF to be pretty accurate. If you wouldn’t mind sharing your chart, we could take a look at it and also give you a visual opinion. If you started temping before you left, you can compare your temps now with those to see if they’re in a different range (post-O).
Post # 6
It is not a reliable method from the research I have done. It does not work for me and only stressed me out. Just do some research- a medical study I found said it was only accurate for 17 out of 77 (22%).
Post # 7
I’m curious what study you got that from, I’d love to read it!
Post # 8
I found Fertility Friend, when used correctly, to be extremely accurate. You would need to have a few months of charting under your belt before it can predict O to a tee just because it really needs to dial in to your personal hormone patterns. The temperatures and entries (CM, etc.) also need to be accurate when you enter them (temp taken at the same time every morning before any movement, eating or drinking anything, etc.). From what I’ve seen the people who find that they can’t rely on it either haven’t used it long enough for the program to be able to predict patterns or are not temping correctly.
Post # 9
Here is my first chart. I was in Hawaii CD 16-21.
Post # 11
From what I’ve seen the people who find that they can’t rely on it either haven’t used it long enough for the program to be able to predict patterns or are not temping correctly. —> i totally agree with this.
in regards to your chart. i think your travel makes it really hard to read your chart this month. in addition it looks like you weren’t very consistent with taking your temp at the same time before your travel either. (just guessing from the dots that are not filled prior to your travel). i would just wait and see what happens. have you read the book taking charge of your fertility? this book explains all about charting and what is going on in your body during your cycle. i highly recommend it.
Post # 12
I think it is super important to chart. I helps give you more knowledge about what your body is doing. Hopefully it won’t take you long to conceive but if it does you know will be armed with great information to take to your doctor. Make sure you are consistent (that can be the hardest part).
Post # 13
Thanks ladies. Yes, I have read the book TCOYF. I know it’s important to be consistent but my husband works night shift and gets home anywhere between 4:30 and 8:00am which always wakes me up. My alarm is set for 7:30am but I rarely get 3consecutive hours of sleep when my alarm goes off. I agree I need to continue to chart for better accuracy. I just wonder if I really did O this month!
Post # 14
I also wake up in the middle of the night all the time and have 2 cats that enjoy the bed as well. To combat this I now set my alarm for 4a so I am sure to get about 3 – 4h of sleep before i temp. then I go back to sleep until my regular wake up time. HTH!
Post # 15
FF is ONLY as accurate as the information you input. There are many tips/threads/articles to read on how to properly temp. If you get up to pee in the middle of the night it alters your temp. If you’re off by 20 minutes it can alter your temp. If you get out of bed to get your thermometer it alters your temp. If your sick it alters your temp. That’s why it’s important to note these discrepancies when you’re entering your temps daily AND they be at the same time.
The other thing is since you’re coming off BC it can probably cause weird temps and ovulation days as well. I would give yourself a few months before expecting your temps to regulate.
I rarely entered CM so can’t comment on that part. But I will say for me FF was accurate. It correlated with my OPKs when I started using them
Post # 16
I literally starting temping yesterday, so I don’t have any advice, per se, but I do know I’ve read your CM is all wacky coming off of the pill. So, my personal take from that is that you can’t trust your CM but your temps might be right? I just finished my last pack so I’m looking forward to getting regular and finding patterns too.