(Closed) If you chart….

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Check out this, this, and this.

Post # 4
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My #1 tip is to read the book you’ve already ordered. 🙂  It was very informative and made it seem fairly straightforward to me.   I geekily loved charting.

Post # 5
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You don’t have to be Catholic, but many Catholic churches & parishes offer NFP classes for both spouses (Catholics believe this is should be a joint decision & responsibility between both partners…you don’t have to be married in order to take the class either, FI & I weren’t when we took it).  Teachers of the classes are normally a married couple who have experience charting…ours are a great couple who have charted for over ten years & have 5 kids (4 were before they started charting & all at erratic times when they may or may not have been ready for them…one was after & at the EXACT time they wanted him). 

But even if you don’t go for the classes, the book is GREAT & very clear, with pictures of things to look for.  I read it cover to cover to truly understand it all (the intro was very helpful).

Good Luck!

Post # 7
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

All you need is the book your ordered. In the back there are paper charts you can photocopy to get started charting on paper. For me, I prefer paper charting because I can keep my thermometer and paper right next to my bed, and I am able to take my charts with me when I go to the doctor.

Read the book slowly, and relax! Charting isn’t hard at all once you get the basics down. By the 3rd month you’ll be a pro.

If you want to practice getting used to it at first, use protection (condom) while you chart for the first few months. When you get to the end of each month and can see the completed chart, it will make a lot more sense. If something doesn’t make sense one day, keep charting for a few more days and usually a pattern will emerge and it will all make sense.

Post # 9
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I second both the book and the website. Read the book in order (just like it tells you to!) and it really will make more sense. 🙂 I actually chart on my iPhone, though—there are several Apps (probably some for Android too, I imagine) if you have a smartphone. For iPhone, I like MeFertil, which costs $5 or so but has been worth it.

Post # 10
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

+1 @MissGreen, that is a good site to view. I don’t trust that I could follow that, so I am going to go with either the patch or the pill that does the 3 day periods. My periods really hurt, and I am not looking forward to that again… I have 3 more months without them, and I am not looking forward to those visits from mother nature again.

Post # 11
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Iceprincess, oh beleive me I do not follow all of it. I actually stopped charting for many reasons. I use that site and an app on my droid and all I do is chart when I get my period. I use to chart my cervical mucous and positive opks. I don’t temp. Don’t have the patience or strength to do that! I know what you mean about pain, I am so not comfortable since going off the ring!

Post # 12
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

I used fertility friend (but to get pregnant) and found it pretty easy to use….easier if you pay for the service but still OK once my free VIP trial expired..sometimes I just had to click around a little extra if I forgot

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