(Closed) Newbie to charting..pregnancy prevention?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@roweboat:  especially for the first few cycles or if your cycles aren’t regular, charting is essentially retrospective.  once you record 3 days of high temps, it shows you ovulated three days ago.  The months I charted it showed I ovulated on day 43 and either day 14 or 16.  So, definitely could have been in for a shock if I was expecting the first months pattern to repeat itself. 

Short story, I wouldn’t trust it if its imperative you don’t get pregnant. 

eta: I used fertility friend software. If you check out their site it will give you lessons and explain and what I thought was pretty user friendly software. 

Post # 5
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@roweboat:  I’ve only been charting a few months, but I went off the pill in May (right before my wedding) and we did natural family planning for the last 7 months without any problems just based on CM. I’m sure it’s safer if you also chart, but we didn’t really care too much if we had an accident.

I’m definitely much happier since I’m off the pill (less bitchy, higher sex drive, feel better about my body). If you can risk the possibility of a slip-up I think it’s a great option.

Post # 6
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

PPs have great advice. I’d highly recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It’ll tell you everything you need to know and all sorts of things you didn’t know you didn’t know πŸ˜‰

I started to chart using a Target BBT thermometer and the FemCal app on my iPhone. After a few cycles, I was regular enough to quit temping and just track CM and other symptoms and go from there. Combining that with POM, we’ve successfully avoided for nearly a year now. For the first few cycles, however, I’d temp and use condoms or at the very least POM, because it can take a few trials to determine when you’re fertile or not. 


Post # 7
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My husband and i have been charting to avoid since June and i highly recommend it.  As others have suggested, i would read TCOYF.  Also, i use a great app called Lily to chart, which has tons of information and can help you interpret your signs.  It does take a couple months to figure out your cycle, so be prepared for that and try not to feel frustrated if you are confused at the beginning.

Post # 9
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@roweboat: It’s definitely worth ordering the paper copy off Amazon. It’s under $6 used and it’s SO worth it. When I got it and saw the 80s style floral design, I was very much O_o but it was GREAT and I finished the whole thing in 2 days. I’d grab it up on my kindle in a flash, but still no e-version, it seems. It will give you all the ins and outs of tracking and figuring your fertile days, definitely worth toting around the floral paperback for all the knowledge you’ll find πŸ™‚

Post # 10
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yes, yes, do get TCOYF!  It has so much helpful info in it, including chapters on charting through breastfeeding and premenopause, so it’ll be useful for a lifetime of cycles!  I started out with these things:

1.  Basal body temperature thermometer


3.  App on my phone (Fertility Friend) that syncs online.  I don’t have a VIP membership, and I don’t feel I need it.  Don’t rely on predicted fertile days (that’s a little too much like the rhythm method for me)!  Observe what your body is telling you.

4.  An alarm set for the same time every morning to take my temp (even if I go back to sleep)

It’s fun!  Good luck!

Post # 11
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Just wanted to say I’m in the exact same boat OP πŸ™‚

Post # 13
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely +whatever number TCOYF.  I just started it last night and even though I’m still in the background-stuff-that-I-already-knew part, I’m really liking it.

Post # 15
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Add one more in favor of TCOYF book.  I found it super helpful and informative.  As said above, for the first couple of months, I would not use it as the sole method though (I think you discussed also POM) for the first few times just to see how your cycles go.  If you are quite regular though, that book is just gold for charting.  πŸ™‚

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