(Closed) First Month Charting Help

posted 9 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was on hormonal birth control (pill, patch, and nuvaring at different times) for 10 years as well. I went off in July, and I didn’t start having “regular” cycles until October or so. I had super long cycles in the beginning and they started tapering down to 30-32 day cycles. Some people regulate immediately, while others have totally wacky cycles for many months!

Temping is dependent on accurate timing and good sleep every night. Different factors can raise or lower your temp and mess with the accuracy of your chart, so being a poor sleeper can make charting temps very difficult. Have you been charting your CM? Many ladies feel that if temps won’t be accurate, they can track their CM and get a good idea of what their bodies are doing.

You can get pregnant whenever you O – it doesn’t matter if it’s CD 14 or CD 33. It’ll take a while to get to know your body and your cycles. I totally recommend reading Taking Control of Your Fertility. I learned a ton and it made my charting experience a less stressful one. 🙂

Good luck and feel free to ask more questions! The ladies here are great!

Post # 4
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

1) It’s hard to say about feeling normal.  I was on BC a similar amount of time and had acne afterwards, but I “felt” fine.

2) i think it depends on the person how much their temp fluctuates.  There are nights when i feel like I’m sleeping terribly, but my temp is the same as I would expect.  It’ll take you a few month to figure out how you work.

3) You can aboslutely get pg after O’ing on 23!  But I would imagine your cycle will be a little longer than this month.  There should be approx. 14 days before you start AF after O’ing although a lot of people have a shorter LP.  Shorter than 10 is cause for concern

Post # 5
987 posts
Busy bee

1) I think it effects everyone differently.  I felt pretty normal right after coming off the pill.  I did notice a change in my skin and I became much more emotional before my period than on the pill.

2)From what I’ve read it’s more important to be consistent with the time than with the 3hrs of sleep before hand.  If you consistently wake up in the middle of the night, then all your temps will be effected by this and you should still get a readable chart.  What you’re looking for is the overall pattern.

3) I O’d on cd28 the cycle I conceived.  

Post # 6
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Palma Sola Botanical Park

This is a really timely and valuable thread for me too! My first month off BC I felt weird all month — sore boobs, cramps, nausea, lower back pain, the whole 9. My first cycle was 36 days long. My second was 31. I’m currently on CD18 and my chart hasn’t detected a thermal shift. I have practically no CM (I feel like I had more CM my first cycle off Bridal Party than I do now!)

At any rate, the input others have given sounds about right! At least from what I’ve picked up from Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

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