Post # 1
I have just started my first cycle of charting, 2nd cycle off of BCP. I was on hormonal BCP for aprox 12 years.
First cycle off BCP was 34 days, with what I believe to be O pain on days CD15 & CD16. I didn’t chart through the first cycle but decided to give it a try on cycle two, as I was going crazy wondering where AF was, and having taken a couple negative HPT’s.
I find charting a little bit of a pain in the behind, but so far so good. I have not seen a temp rise yet for ovulation, but I’m currently on CD14 so there is still time. My temps were higher during AF, immediately came down when it was over and have stayed pretty consistently between 97 and 97.3 since. So far everything is looking good, guess the next few days will give me more info!
Reading TCOYF, they say that if you have not conceived in 4-6 months (while charting) that it’s appropriate to call a doctor to see why not. This led me to wonder how many of you bees have/are charting and your success with it? Did you conceive fairly quickly by charting, baby dancing on the “appropriate” days before your temp spike, knowing your CM etc? Did you think it was a helpful tool in TTC, or a waste of time? Do you have BFP’s to thank charting for?
Are there a lot of charters out there yet with no success? Are there any underlying health problems that are likely contributing to not being able to conceive?
Looking for some success stories and encouragement that charting will hopefully lead to a BFP when we’re ready to TTC (in the fall).
Advice, thoughts, stories?
Post # 3
I think charting works 100% if you don’t have any other issues. But…remember that it only tells you that you have ovulated (therefore can stop having sex). It doesn’t tell you when you will ovulate. It’s a great way to understand your cycles better.
Post # 4
Posted here in TTC, you’ll probably get more responses that say “Still waiting for a BFP.” If it were posted in Pregnancy, you might get a different result. I think charting is very helpful for most people, but I have PCOS and don’t ovulate without medication, so it’s not super helpful for me, personally. My IRL friend got a BFP the first month she charted (second month TTC).
Post # 5
I started charting after TTC for 10 months. We got our BFP the first full month I charted. I think there were other factors at play. I have a hard time believing i was reallly that off on timing for so long, but that’s the way it worked out. I agree with Mrs Green Grass, charting works well if you don’t have any other issues. But it’s also a great way to find out if you might have other issues.
Post # 6
This is my second cycle charting an am still trying for a BFP. However I feel that charting definitely helps so you know if you have ovulated and if AF is about to come (temp drop). I feel like I’m more in control of trying.
Post # 7
After going off BCP my cycles were messed up and I was told that I was probably not ovulating and would need assistance to get pregnant. I tried charting briefly but it seemed totally pointless and had my own and family medical issues which were way more important than TTC. I had a feeling I was pregnant about 10 months after going off BCP which prompted me to start charting. I had already ovulated and had a chemical pregnancy that cycle so the chart didn’t really show much. I charted for one full cycle and then began charting another when I came down with a terrible chest cold that kept me awake at night and was not conducive to charting. I got my bfp that cycle. I ovulated a week early on that cycle and was able to tell from my body’s signs and OPKs. Charting sort of confirmed it but I did not have enough data to say with 100% certainty. So long story short, it was almost a year before we got our BFP but I had only charted for 1-2 cycles.
Post # 8
I voted “I am charting/TTC and still waiting for a BFP.” We are on Cycle #12 TTC and I’ve been charting for 10 of them. I’ve found that I’m super regular and O like clock-work. Our timing has good/great most months so we’re not sure why it’s taking so long…The charting is really informative and reasurring to me. It let’s me know when I O’d and when to expect AF based on my past cycles. I encourage you to stick with it! If/we we decide to go get some help, I’m hoping my charts will also be useful to our doctor!
If you’d like to share your chart/chat with some of the other charters, you can check out this thread:
Post # 9
I charted for 8 months before we got pregnant, and almost a year before we got a pregnancy that stuck. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to learn that there were other issues involved in our difficulties, though. I think the first BFP was a fluke, and the second was because I was more fertile in the first few months after my miscarriage.
I loved charting, though. It’s very empowering to know so much about my body and how it works. I knew, for instance, that I was ovulating, because I had consistent, sustained temperature rises following increased CM. That’s powerful knowledge to have right in front of you when you’re trying to get pregnant.
Post # 10
I attempted to chart, but sucked at it. I used OPKs to determine when I was close to ovulation. I had no problem getting positive OPKs. I got pregnant on the 4th month of OPKs. Some women can’t get positive OPKs to give them an indication of ovulation. I always could, so I trusted that more than charting.
Post # 11
I loved charting and I totally think that it gives you the information that you need to get that BFP by telling you that you are, in fact, ovulating. I charted before we started TTC (was never on hormonal BCP) and we got pregnant the first month we tried. I MC’d that pregnancy and the next one after we started trying again due to other issues but we again got pregnant as soon as we started trying after the 2nd MC and so far so good (I’m now 14 weeks).
Post # 12
Like you, I just started charting after coming off BCP a couple of weeks ago. I’ll be mostly charting to avoid/for information for several months but then I’ll have a better chance once we start TTC in the fall. For me, I’m paranoid that it will take a long time to start ovulating again, so it will be nice if charting shows me that, yes, everything still works! Plus, the one time I went off the pill before, it took forever to get my period, so hopefully this will give me a better idea of when it’s coming. But I was traveling, not sleeping well, etc, for the first week or so, so my chart is already all over the place. So far just temping, not the CM stuff yet.
I will be really happy if my chart just shows me that things are working like they are meant to.
Post # 13
I’m charting mainly for my AP. I ovulate regularly and have ovulation cramps consistently. I also used OPKs. Although IVF is in my near future, it was helpful when talking to my RE and Dr.
Post # 14
I didn’t start charting until after my m/c. I charted two cycles and got my bfp on the second cycle charting.
Post # 15
Came off BCP in February 2011, started actively trying April 2011, charting since July 2011, BFP in January 2012 (Ten months / cycles of active TTC, charting for seven).
Charting was actually really helpful for us as I ovulate on CD20-21, so if we were just working off the fourteen day rule, we would have been sh*t out of luck! I also have a relatively short LP at 11-12 days so charting was a way for me to get more in tune with body.
Like every tool of TTC, charting won’t tell you everything about your fertility, nor is it an instant fix but it is a useful tool none the less.