Post # 1
I did not know much about charting until I stumbled upon these boards. I went of BC in December and have been tracking my cycle in the icyclebeads app since December (which was recommended to me by a single friend to prevent pregnancy). On this app all you do is enter your period dates and it calculates a large fertility window of 12 days. I did not know about FF until I saw these boards ( so I knew nothing of temping and OPKs). All of my friends (except 1) got preggers on the first try so they did not need any charting ( knowing my horrible luck I will probably need help when I start in september). My cycle has been exactly 27 days except for one month when I found out my mom had cancer so I think the stress made it 6 days alte.
I downloaded the FF app and put all my cycles in and I noticed FF has a 7 day fertility window. 12 days now 7?
Taking my temperature everyday seems very overwhelming to me. My weight fluctates everday and your temp is bound to fluctuate everyday right? To be accurate you probably have to get up the same time everyday right? Are you not supposed to leave your bed before you do it? Is it even accurate? i feel like it leaves a huge margin of human error. i would not want to base something that needs to be so accurate on something I can mess up so easily
I suppose I could add the EWCM check each month but I don’t really get that either. For the past 6 months I don’t know if i remember a LOT of EWCM in general. Do you really notice it? I just might not have noticed it.
I am going to TTC in September on my honeymoon. I thought if I just DTD everyday for the 12 days according to icyclebeads then I would cover all my bases LOL
For those of you trying or preggers …is 12 days of DTD too much physically? lol …If i did OPK over the next few months would it help or is it a waste (it seems like the easiest way) ?
I know you only O on one day but is it really the same day each cycle?
I guess I just don’t truly understand the purpose of charting if you have a window of 12 days ….so confused.
Post # 2
SoontobeMrs0831: I’d just like to say that not getting pregnant on the first try doesn’t indicate a “problem.” You could always try a few months and then start charting more indepth, or you could learn more about charting to make it less overwhelming. It’s really up to you how you want to approach TTC, there is no right way to do it.
We started trying in July and got pregnant in October. I did a basic version of charting (just when I had my period, and occasionally cervical mucous and cervial position). Then I used an ovulation predictor kit the month we conceived.
Post # 3
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SoontobeMrs0831: The reason I’m guessing your other app is 12 days is more of a ‘buffer’ so that you don’t get pregnant, when in reality your fertile window is much shorter (since sperm can live for up to 5 days and an egg only has a 24 hour window).
I highly highly recommend reading the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, it’s a quick and easy read (I am a slow reader and went through most of the book in 2 days).
As for taking your temperature… yes it does fluctuate a bit, but the BIG shift is after you ovulate. In terms of using FA for preventing pregnancy, after your shift is your safest zone to not use barrier methods, becuase you can’t get pregnant after you’ve ovulated and your temps have spiked. You should take it about the same time every morning. I keep my thermometer next to my alarm and take my temperature before I get out of bed. I miss some days but that’s not a huge deal because I generally know when I’m about to ovulate…because another huge indicator is your cervical mucus (I wont go into too much detail here).
As for using an app just to track cycle lengths you’re not going to get much accuracy.
Birth control in this way is a bit more work, but I think the reward of truly understanding your body is worth it!
Post # 4
Read the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility and you’ll get all the answers to your questions! 🙂 FertilityFriend.com also has a nice 20 day email tutorial when you sign up that can teach you all about charting as well. Good luck!
Post # 5
my husband and i practice nfp and when we first started learning, i felt just like you did. i was overwhelmed by everything and felt like it was just too much of a hassle. but once we started going to our class and actually doing it (and not just reading about it), everything clicked and it just became second nature and very routine. it does take some time to really get the hang of it, so don’t give up after just cycle. our classes were 3 months long (one class a month)- after the first class, i was still a little confused. second class, i started to get it a little bit better, and by the third, we had it down perfectly.
Post # 6
If you’re really interested in charting, there are great resources out there that provide a clear education on the process, and I promise, it’s really not that in-depth or confusing. Yes, your temps do shift from day to day, but not as much as you think – doing it correctly (taking your temp at the same time each day, before getting out of bed or doing anything else) is actually very accurate. Taking Charge of Your Fertility, as PPs have suggested, is a great resource (it’s basically the Charting Bible). Fertility Friend also provides a lot of great instructional information.
Charting isn’t by any means necessary to get pregnant, but it sure does help have a clear idea of what your body is doing and when you’re actually fertile (which is about 5-7 days at most each cycle).
Post # 7
SoontobeMrs0831: charting is really not that hard. FF really does everything for you (it complies data, checks your LP length, and will automatically detect ovulation, etc.)
1. Get a basal body thermometer. Put it right next to your bed. Set an alarm for every day at the same time. When your alarm goes off in the morning take your temperature (either orally or vaginally) while still in bed and input into FF. If you sleep with your mouth open taking your temp vaginally will be more accurate.
2. Your temperature will fluctuate. This is normal. But there is a big rise after ovulation. Therefore charting is used to indicate ovulation AFTER it occurs. Not before – so if you want to know before hand OPKs are the way to go.
3. Sperm can live up to 5 days. So that is how long your fertile week is. It is easiest to have sex everyother day or as my OBGYN advised at least 2ce a week.
4. Charting is accurate as long as you take your temp at the same time every morning.
5. Checking your CM is a great indicator of fertility. Some women get lots of EWCM and some dont. Personally, I have to check internally to notice my EWCM. I do notice CM on my underwear but its not EWCM – it is watery CM which is also a sign of fertility!
6. Ovulation does not occur on the same day every cycle. However your LP (days after ovulation – start of AF) is generally always the same length of time.