Post # 1
So, Darling Husband and I have decided that I should stop taking my BC this Fall. Ive been on it for close to 10 years now and want to be off it for a few months before we TTC. I secretly stalk the baby boards and see all this talk about charting, etc. and I have NO clue what that is or how to do it. How do I start? I feel so clueless!
Post # 3
Try fertilityfriend.com There is a great tutorial there that will help you learn to chart.
Basically you take your temperature with a basal thermometer every morning at the same time, before getting out of bed. You record it daily and also take note of things like cervical mucous.
If you’re on the pill though, you cannot chart..as you don’t ovulate on hormonal birth control…so you wouldn’t be able to see fertile days, etc…and it also may take a few cycles before you regulate after going off it!
Post # 4
This is the biggest question I had when I considered charting was with the basal thermometer do you use it like regular or vaginally, lol. You typically use it just like normal, in your mouth, but there are some women who say they get more accurate of a reading vaginally. So you can do it both ways in case you wonder. Just make sure to temp at the exact same time every day, before you get out of bed.
I have one, but I haven’t started charting. I have been off BC now for 3 months, I think, and so if I don’t get a BFP this month, I am going to start temping. I do keep track of everything else though through Fertility Friend. Very easy to use.
Post # 5
I would highly recommend the book “Taking Charge of your Fertility”. It will tell you all you need to know!
Post # 6
@urchin: Thanks! Is it bad that I have no idea what cervical mucus is?
@megz06: thank you! What else is there to keep track of besides temps?
Post # 7
@Bostongrl25: It’s not bad that you don’t know what CM is, you’ll learn it all, I definitely recommend fertility friend and Taking Charge of Your Fertility like others have said.
Post # 8
@Bostongrl25: Join fertilityfriend.com – the charting course as well as the software there is amazing. At a minimum, you will need to take your temperature every morning before getting out of bed, and you’ll need to record your cervical mucus. Beyond that, you can track tons of types of symptoms like cramps, irritability, bloating, etc. I’ve been charting for 3 months and it’s been WAY easier than I thought it would be.
Here’s a look at my charting page as a peek into what they look like:
Post # 9
MrsPuddingFace made a great thread for people starting to TTC/chart.. check it out here.
Good luck with it all, charting is very helpful once you get the hang of it and I credit it for how quickly I conceived my LO.
Post # 10
@Bostongrl25: You can keep track of cervical mucos/opening/texture,any tests you’ve taken like OPK and pregnancy tests, when you have sex, your meds, mood, energy level, symptoms, your period, and your weight.