(Closed) Charting

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

check out http://www.fertilityfriend.com. they have info on how to chart and you can set up an account so you can start your own chart. also check out the charters of the hive thread on the TTC board. they can help you out too.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility (TCOYF). The tutorials on Fertility Friend (FF) are probably also helpful, but I didn’t read them since I’d read TCOYF. I use FF’s app to track everything on my phone, but I also use the free software on TCOYF.com. The latter is much more strict about detecting O, and FF tends to be a little lenient at times, so I like to compare the data from the two. Once you get the hang of things, charting is really easy, and you learn a lot about your body. 

ETA: Also, the best time to start charting is the first day of your period (cycle day 1/CD1). You can start at any time, however, but the data won’t do you much good since you don’t know where you are in your cycle. You’re going to need a thermometer that is (preferably) backlit and stores the last temperature. Some women get a special BBT thermometer, but a decent digital one will work fine. Make sure you take your temp AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY!!! I take mine at 5am seven days a week and go back to sleep. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I just wanted to add, be prepared for your cycles to look ca-razy for the first couple of months as your body adjusts to being off BC. Some women have perfectly normal cycles right away, some have really long cycles, and some don’t ovulate for a few cycles (anovulatory). All of these situations are perfectly normal, but it can look strange and be frustrating for a new charter. You might not have perfect 28-day cycles anymore, and you might not ovulate on CD14 like most doctors tell you. You might have a really short luteal phase (LP-the time between ovulation and your period) as the hormones leave your body, but it should lengthen over time.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

FWIW, I used the Pink Pad app to track my periods, symptoms and doin’ it. If you’re like I was just starting out, I wasn’t jumping into the full temping and charting just yet. The app is easy to use and was helpful in tracking cycles and potential ovulation windows.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@Pappy8:  I second using Fertility Friend for charting and I encourage you to join us in the Charter’s thread. There are several of us who chart and we’d be more than happy to help you learn. I’ll give you a quick run-down so that you can get started because the FF lessons take 20 days to finish and you probably want to get started ASAP.

First, make sure that you are using a BBT thermometer. They can usually be found in the family planning section of your pharmacy. Make sure that you temp at the same time every morning, immediately after waking up, and after at least 3 hours of unbroken sleep. Do not get up and walk around first, do not drink first, and do not eat first because all of these things can compromise your temperature. Just roll over, turn off the alarm, and pop that thermometer in your mouth and remain still until you have your read-out. Drinking alcohol the day prior can cause your temperature to be artificially high too, so it’s best not too do that around when you expect O so that you can accurately pinpoint O. It’s important to know that O is not characterized by a temp dip but by being the last low temp before a sustained temp rise. It is confirmed after 3 days of raised temps. TIP: set your alarm for earlier than you’d ever have to get up in an average week then after you temp you can just go back to sleep for a bit until you need to be up. That’s what several of us do.

For charting you should also check your CM (cervical mucous). It should get more fertile leading up to O. Most people check it by looking at their toilet paper after they wipe, but some people don’t have much that appears externally and need to check internally. Fertile CM is clearer, watery-er, and the best kind is EWCM (eggwhite cervical mucous) and is the texture of a raw eggwhite. Fertile CM dries up very shortly after O.

With charting you also have the option of checking CP (cervix position) and OPKing. A fertile cervix positions is HSO (high, soft, open) and an infertile cervix position is LFC (low, firm, closed). OPKs can have two lines many times throughout your cycle because the horomones they test for fluctuate and OPKs are only positive when the test line is darker than the control line. An OPK is usually positive 12-48 hours before O.

Feel free to friend me on FF too: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/ScottishMrs! Good luck with everything! You can find more TTC info here (ETA: a link to the abbreviations page is also on the other side of that link. It is so useful!).

Also, while the best day to start charting is the first day of your period (CD1, the first day you have more flow than a pantiliner can handle), it is perfectly alright to start later than that. There’s one charter who started on CD25 and managed to still see her late O on her chart and many experienced charters don’t chart while they’re on their period, unless they know that they tend to have early O. I started my own first chart on CD8 with irregular cycles and I try not to skip temping during AF because I know myself and I’d get out of the habit very quickly.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

It looks like a fine chart, with an ok shift. Id say its more than likely to be your thermometer.

 

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