Post # 1
Hi bees! This is my first post! The TTC boards have already been very helpful and I’m excited to be a part of it. 🙂
I stopped using the BCP last month after 15 years and I am currently on CD38 awaiting AF. At this point I am nervous that I will be one of those lucky ladies that has to wait 60+ days to see my first period! I’ve taken 5 pregnancy tests, the last one was Tuesday morning, and all were negative. We were going to take the NTNT approach but now I am worried that I am going to drive myself crazy with HPTs because I have no idea what my body is up to. So, I was thinking of starting to chart BBT. Are there any bees out there who charted their BBT after stopping BCP where it took some time to get AF (2-3 months)? If so I would love to see your charts if you are willing to share! I will have no idea what my temperature means right now but thought it could be good to see if it finally starts to rise. What do you think?
Post # 3
I started charting right after my first period/withdrawl bleed after stopping BCP. My temps were really rocky for a few weeks, but you could still see a shift. I think my first cycle was around 40 days but I at least had an idea when it would come, because I did see the temps rise around O. I found it really helpful, even when we were still TTA. It might be too late for you to see a shift at this point, though, but it will help for next time.
Post # 4
I started charting as soon as I went off BCPs due to a history of irregular cycles and a family member with PCOS. I just wanted to have a head start in case there was an issue, rather than waiting until we wanted to have kids and having to chart then.
My first cycle was pretty normal:
My second was when I wound up pregnant by mistake, and is anything but normal (O’d CD108).. here’s the link to the chart, as it’s too long to post:
Obviously my first cycle was still in line with BCPs, but my second was a bit more crazy. If it wasn’t for charting I would have had no idea I even ovulated, let alone got pregnant. The temp going up and realizing we DTD on O’day made me test, else I would have just been waiting in hopes AF would show eventually.
Post # 5
I don’t have a chart to share, as I have yet to start temping. (I just took my first temp today!) But just wanted to let you know I feel your pain with waiting for AF to show. We also wanted to take the NTNP approach, but it drives me crazy not knowing what’s going on with my body. Unfortunately I work night shift, so my sleep schedule is all over the place – temping may not even work for me, but I’m going to give it a shot.
And just for reference, my first real cycle off BCP was 34 days – the first day was heavy then I spotted for a few days. So I’m not even sure if I ovulated last month. I’m now on my 2nd cycle and on CD31 with no period yet.
Everyone is different and some people take longer than others to regulate, unfortunately. Good luck to you!
Post # 6
thanks so much for the helpful repsonses!
@foodnerd81: I think I will find it helpful too, even if I can’t make sense of it right away. I’m hoping I can focus on the temps and stop POAS every week (errr every few days).
@snoie: your second chart is really interesting, it was just what I was looking for! I’m surprised how much your pre-O temp goes up and down, but that you can definitely see a few lows followed by a few highs at O. I’m hoping I can catch something similar. Congrats! 🙂
@Blondee: I hear you! Waiting for AF is not something I really expected after stopping the BCP – I feel like I’m in limbo… Good luck with temping on your schedule!
Post # 7
Just thought I would update this.. so I started charting my temp at CD40 and I think I was just lucky enough to catch my O date somewhere between CD40-45! It looks promising! What do you think? Hoping for AF in a week or two!
Post # 8
@terisa2012: I did! I’m on my phone so I can’t find the link to my chart but I just posted it in Nov POAS club thread yesterday 🙂 PM me if you can’t find it and ill send it to you then 😉