(Closed) How do you know?? (charting)

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Charting is good for finding patterns and knowing that you definitely *did* ovulate after the fact, but it can’t really help you know beforehand, in a specific cycle, that you’re about to ovulate.

The benefit for many women in charting, is that they start to notice subtle physical signals before they O as well. Like cramping, increased cervical fluid, increased sex drive, etc. Then they know they better get to DTD.

Another thing is using OPK’s. They don’t confirm that you’ve actually ovulated, but will let you know that your body is getting ready to.

Charting really helped me to know when I was getting ready to ovulate. After a few months, I started noticing my body signs and now I can naturally tell when I am gearing up to ovulate! Good luck!

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  urchin.
Post # 4
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

shanbp:  You should probably also throw in ovulation tests. Depending on the length of your cycle, you’ll start testing anywhere from CD 9 to CD 19, usually (with most people ovulating between CDs 9 – 21). I never had a surge shorter than 24 hours…mine usually lasted up to 48 hours, so there was plenty of notice to start BDing. I threw in BBT later on just to be sure; they more or less synced up, within a day or so of each other.

I usually ovulated on CD16, but sometimes it would be CD 15, CD 17, CD 18. And it didn’t really matter — I’d usually start BDing around CD 13, and continue well past CD 16 just to be on the safe side, making for a weeklong fertile period.

Post # 5
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

shanbp:  I used charts to confirm my ovulation, temp dip then temp rise to over cover line,but I used opk strips to help me figure out when I was ovulatiNg so I could time bd right. 

I dont think I could have used both methods seperatly- but they work great together

Post # 7
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

I would definately reccommend using OPK’s if you want to know before you ovulate. Charting only confirms ovulation. It can’t tell you when you’re going ovulate. However, once you’ve been doing it for awhile you may be able to predict approximately when you will ovulate and approximately when you’ll have AF etc. if you are fairly regular. For example, after charting for a few months I knew that I O on approximately CD11 and have a 15 day LP, so I can tell when AF is due. If you have charting questiosn and/or plan to be charting for awhile you should come join the Charter’s thread. We’d love to get to know you:)

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