Post # 1
I’ve been lurking around the TTC boards since DH and I plan to start TTC in March. We have decided I will go off my birth control now to give my cycle some time to get back on track. In the meantime, I plan on using charting to avoid getting pregnant. So this is where I turn to the hive and all those charting experts for advice.
I already have OPKs and a basel thermometer. So I guess my main question is when should I make sure we are a little more careful? I’m currently on my placebo pill week and I will take my last one Saturday. When should I start using the OPKs? Should I start temping right away? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
NOTE: I know this isn’t foolproof and we are completely comfortable with the possibility of getting pregnant sooner. So please don’t lecture me on how this is not a perfect method for not getting pregnant.
Post # 2
Start temping the first heavy day of your period. Since you don’t know when you’ll ovulate, better to be safe by using a backup like condoms up until you can confirm ovulation with a temp shift. You can try the pull out method, it can be reliable as well. Start using the OPKs around 8 or 9 days after your period starts. If you test once a day, test in the mid afternoon, like 3pm. If you test twice a day, do once in the morning, once at like 3. Good luck!
Post # 3
Since it’s your first cycle off of BCP, I would have sex every other dry day at most and abstain as your CM gets closer to ready. Since it’s your body’s first time without extra hormones, and your first month temping, I’d be extra careful until you see the ovulation indication on OPK and through temp/CM tracking. After the 4 days and your CM dries up, go to town until AF.
Now, for me, my first cycle off BCP was tricky. I thought I’d ovulated around day 15, but didn’t really until day 31. We were trying, and were successful, but it can really be tricky to tell.
Post # 4
Ok thank you so much! Do you think it would be ok for me test after I get home from work around 5-5:30?
Post # 5
I typically test around that time and I do see positive’s when I get my surge. I do also test in the AM with FMU — I’ve personally justified that this helps balance my later in the afternoon test.
I just can’t see myself bringing a cup and strips into work to test there mid afternoon :-p
Post # 6
If you’re charting to avoid, you definitely need to learn about tracking your cervical mucus. OPKs will only tell you when you’re about to ovulate in 12 – 36 hours. By the time you get a positive OPK, you may already be well into your fertile period since sperm can live for up to five days under the right conditions.
It’s really a good idea to get a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility if you’re planning on using charting to avoid. Getting your information piecemeal isn’t the ideal way to figure out charting. Good luck!
Post # 8
Echoing PP’s – definitely read Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I’ve successfully used FAM to TTA for 3 years, but it took a long time before I was comfortable following the rules and listening to my body to figure out where in my cycle I was. Good luck!
Post # 9
LOL I agree! I definitely won’t be that person!
Thank you! I’m slowly making my way through Taking Charge of Your Fertility and have the basic gist. I think I need to start from the beginning and just force myself to get through the whole thing.
I definitely think these first few months are going to be tricky because my cycle will probably be all out of whack. On top of that, I’ll be trying to figure out the different signs and cues my body will throwing at me.
Thanks again everyone for your advice!!!
Post # 10
I agree with others saying to track your cervical fluid. I have PCOS with a 32ish day cycle and am TTC. I found that what the cycle trackers noted as my fertile period was a week earlier than my actual fertile time (as evidenced by fluid, ovulation tests….my temp is all over the place so now help there).