Post # 1
I kinda already know the answer to this, but I need to hear it from other people.
I came off BC in December and we’ve been NTNP/TTC/whatever you want to call it since March. Before we started NTNP, my cycles were all around 30-32 days. Since we started, they’ve been 40, 32, 43 and I’m still waiting for AF on cycle 4, but today is CD 46. Of course, as soon as we started NTNP, my cycles went all wonky!
Anyway, for cycle 4, I decided I should chart, just to see what’s going on. As I said, today is day 46 and I still haven’t confirmed that I’ve O’ed. And I’ve been spotting for the last 2 days, which doesn’t usually happen.
DH doesn’t really believe that the whole charting thing is reliable. He says there are too many variables that go into the minute changes in your temperature. So, he kinda thinks I should take a test, cause maybe I am in fact pregnant and that’s why AF still hasn’t shown up.
Honestly, if I hadn’t been charting, I would definitely have taken a test by now. But, because I haven’t even confirmed O, it seems like a complete waste of money.
So, fellow Bees who know way more than DH about the science behind charting, is there a point to even test?
Post # 2
smiles4jo: Peace of mind. I bought internet cheapies for this reason… there have been a few times that I was 99% sure I wasn’t or couldn’t be pregnant, but I tested anyway. I guess I just needed confirmation to move the thought out of my mind.
I’d say without confirming O, you probably aren’t, but it doesn’t hurt anything to test.
Post # 3
smiles4jo: You only started charting this cycle? If that is correct, telling your body signs for O is going to be difficult because you won’t know what your body does normally. If you are on day 46, and have some light spotting, that could be a sign. I would say grab some cheep ones and test.
Post # 4
Worst case scenario it proves you’ve been charting correctly and haven’t Od yet, best case scenario he’s right and your pregnant!
Post # 5
No harm in testing. I personally found charting very accurate, but I had to temp em, not orally, because I sleep with my mouth open.
Post # 6
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smiles4jo: I’m with the others- just test!
My mom said that despite the fact that many people go off BC, wait months to get their cycles back to normal, etc before they can get pregnant, she was pregnant almost immediately after stopping BC, so it IS possible.
Post # 7
Well, AF showed up yesterday, so I guess that settles that question. 🙁
Brings up a new question though as I’m fairly certainly I didn’t ovulate…
Post # 8
Keep temping, make sure it’s the same time every day, first thing upon waking. If you breathe through your mouth at night you might want to temp vaginally for a more consistent reading. Since your cycles vary, it might take a few cycles for you to see any kind of ovulating pattern, and you might discover that you actually are having cycles where you are not ovulating at all. Do you have a link to this past chart so we can see?
Post # 9
It is possible to have a period without ovulating. do you take supplements? I have read anovulatory bleeding can be linked to iron deficiencies. but sometimes, it just happens. are you temping orally? I have found vaginal temping to be more reliable. Do you have a link to your chart?