(Closed) Scared of my BBT thermometer? (and/or scared of feeling let down…)

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
188 posts
Blushing bee

I hear you. For me charting is a double edged sword. On the one hand, yes it does provide lots of useful info. On the other hand it is easy to get obsessed and feel down if your chart/temps don’t look the way you’d hope. It’s really super easy to get the hang of charting if you watch the FF tutorials. I’m really glad I started, because it turns out I have PCOS. I would have NEVER guessed I would have this problem as I had none of the signs while on the pill. So it helped me to provide more info to my doctors sooner and get treated sooner. The long cycles are so frustrating though. It makes me actually mad at my stupid ovaries!! It’s like can you just work, why are you soooo slow!!

Post # 3
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

RMBsbride:  I also quit the pill in December and am waiting for my cycle to return to normal after nearly a decade on HBC.  I just started charting this cycle, and MrsZapatos nailed it.  I was elated at first when my signs predicted ovulation, then hugely let down when my temps didn’t continue to follow the pattern.  I have no idea when/if AF will show (despite taking my temp every morning) and feel very discouraged.

It’s easy to get fixated on your temps, so I think you are wise to hold off on using the BBT for now.  I am actually thinking of taking a step back myself.  Maybe just tracking your periods and CM would be a good compromise?  FF has a free ebook called Charting Your Way to Conception that explains how to do it.

Post # 4
1531 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013


RMBsbride:  I have been off my BCP since June 2013.  I started temping in October 2013.  I still have irregular cycles.  It does cause stress when your chart doesnt look the way that it should – but for me it causes less stress than not knowing what is going on.  And Fertility Friend makes it so easy since it does all the interpretation for you! 

Post # 5
1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

RMBsbride:  It can a year (or more) for your body to regulate after being on hormonal birth control… So don’t stress about that, it’s different for everyone.  But, charting can be a really helpful tool.  I started charting before we were TTC, I wanted to “make sure” my body was doing what it was supposed to… I wasn’t great about it and my first few charts were all over the place. Some months I would start charting later in my cycle and not get a full picture, some months I would stop charting after I believed I ovulated (I have very regular cycles now).  I say just start taking your temperature first thing in the morning at the same time and record the temps.  If there is a pattern after a few months? Great, if not, that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong. But FF (fertlity friend) predicts patterns better than any person can and the more info you give it the more accurate it will be.

It took us a year of TTC with severe MFI before we were blessed with our miracle baby (I’m 12 weeks pregnant now). Sometimes it just takes time.  But if you are stressing out about it either way, I don’t think charting would HURT anything.

Post # 6
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

You don’t have to chart to get pregnant.

If you don’t want to chart and/or charting stresses you out, then don’t do it!  When I first started charting, I absolutely hated it.  I woke up every morning like it was Christmas, and then failed to see a temp spike and was depressed the rest of the day.  I didn’t ovulate for my first 6 cycles of charting.  It was really hard for me because here was proof of my biggest fear: that there’s something wrong with me and I won’t be able to have my own family.

But then I decided that I wanted to have as much information about my body and my situation as possible so that I could seek help.  So I kept charting and ovulated this cycle out of the blue.  Even before the confirmed ovulation, I felt better about charting because I didn’t let it affect me emotionally.  I made a decision that I wasn’t going to let it upset me and I wasn’t going to dwell on it all day long.  Now, I love charting!

So, it’s all about what you feel comfortable with.  If you want to do it to understand your body better, then do it and seek support from the lovely women here on the forums.  If you feel that it’s only going to stress you out more, then don’t do it, throw away your thermometer, and don’t give it another moment’s thought.

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