Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018
I have been charting my temperature for about 6 months and even decided stop taking the birth control pills. I am trying to understand more and more how to read the BBT chart. Has enyone found a pattern as to when you ovulate? Is it accurate? Thanks.
Post # 3
@candy11: I just started my 8th cycle charting, and I definitely see a pattern in my BBTs. There have only been a couple of months where I was unsure about the ovulation date, but usually I have a noticeable shift in temperatures. My pre-O temps are usually in the 97.7-97.9 range, and my post-O temps tend to be in the 98.3-98.6 range. To me, charting CM is much more difficult than BBT since I don’t have much.
Post # 4
@candy11: I’m confused. Were you charting your temperature on birth control pills? Because you should not see a pattern while on birth control pills.
Post # 5
@candy11: I’ve been charting my temperature for 9 cycles. I have seen a pattern, though despite seeing higher temperatures at the end of my cycle, I do not ovulate every cycle (per my RE). So it’s accurate, but not for all of us. If you temp at the same time every day consistently, you should be able to pinpoint ovulation to one or two days. Here is a link to my charts so you can see when Fertility Friend thinks I ovulated in the past.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Yes, but it will only emerge once you stop taking birth control pills and continue charting (charting isn’t accurate while you are on birth control pills because they suppress ovulation.)
Sometimes you just get an idea that you won’t ovulate before a certain cycle day so you know to keep BDing until after that date. In looking at charts I see a lot of ladies BDing early in their cycle and then tapering off when they get to their ovulation date (probably worn them and/or their husband out trying) and then BDing when they see the temp go up; once the temp goes up you have already ovulated and it’s likely too late to conceive (not impossible, but not likely.) After stopping birth control pills your chart will likely be erratic for 6 months to a year so charting should be helpful in showing that you actually ovulate once you are off the birth control pills.
Post # 7
@candy11: PPs are correct about charting while on BC. Unless you’re ovulating on BC, which is pretty rare since it’s meant to suppress ovulation, then you won’t see a noticeable shift. Once you stop taking the pills, you should be able to detect a pattern after a couple of cycles. Your cycles will likely be all over the place for a while though, so don’t be surprised if you don’t ovulate on cycle day 14… or at all for a couple of months.
Post # 8
@candy11: I have been charting for 11 cycles – a little over a year. I do see a clear pattern, even though it took me three or so months before I really got the hang of it. Now, the alarm goes off, temp is taken, then I start my day. It is very handy in pinpointing O day so we can BD right up until O, then we can take a few days break without fear of “missing the window”. I also LOVE the fact that I can count my LP days and know EXACTLY when AF will show. Having a very long and irregular cycle used to make it difficult to figure out when AF would arrive. In the 11 cycles, I have only had two questionable ones. One was during travelling to a different time zone (throws everything out of whack for me) and the other was/is just a weird one. Must have had a huge cyst that cycle. I am a PCOSer.
I have tried Fertility Friend, but I just didnt like it. Personal preference. I now use TCYOF and I purchased the software license and downloaded it to my computer.
EDIT: TCYOF = TCOYF – fingers were moving too fast.
Post # 9
@candy11: you should see a pattern, IF you are off BC pills and IF you are temping at a regular, specific time, in regular conditions – UNLESS you have a problem with ovulation, in which case you’ll want to see a doctor and show them your charts anyway.
I’d suggest scrolling through the galleries on FertilityFriend to see lots of different ovulatory charts, and see that it ‘works’ 🙂