(Closed) Should I chart? Irregular periods

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

Not a PCOS patient (that I know of!) but I love charting! So pro-charting it’s not even funny =)

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t chart per se, and I’m not ttc (yet) but I do have a non hormonal iud so I have no idea when my pds are coming etc so I use an app on my phone to keep track. It’s been great helping me know if I’m pmsing and about to start etc and does tell you when you are fertile and ovulating (can’t speak to its accuracy there  but is 100% accurate predicting my periods). It’s called.. Wait for it… period tracker haha. Try it out,I love it, it’s one if the few apps I paid for the upgrade of.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Lol, I am now over 50, and have charted my whole life (seems it was something every “woman” was told to do back in the 1960s and 70s).  Writing down the day you started, stopped, and were due again.  Counting off the days, is now habitual.

Cannot imagine not charting, because it does reveal some interesting patterns over time, and during different phases of your life

When I was in my 20s trying to get pregnant (or not pregnant) it was a useful tool to knowing WHERE I was in my cycle, and at time’s I’d also record when I ovulated (I didn’t need a thermometer to tell me that… I could always tell the signs, including my mood, lol)

Now that I am nearing the end of this 40+ year haul, charting is helpful to keep track of how things are changing, when I last had it, and how often I skip etc.

In my experience, OB/GYNs / Female Drs always want to know WHEN was your last period, how long etc… if there are any issues, changes etc… so keeping notes (mine are on a calendar) make it easy to remember such otherwise mundane stuff

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@This Time Round:  If that’s all charting is, I guess I DO do it, just With technology lol. And yes it does show some interesting patterns!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think charting can be a really helpful tool, especially with irregular periods.  I didn’t have irregular periods, but I do have really short cycles (when I’m not on BCP).  By charting, I was able to see that my luteal phase was only 8-10 days.  The short luteal phase is sometimes indicative of low progesterone, and I was able to get my progesterone tested early in my PG and found out that it was in fact low and was put on supplements that helped sustain my pregnancy.  Just an example of how the data you collect by charting can be useful for both you and your doctor.  I read, and highly recommend, Taking Charge of Your Fertility and used Fertility Friend to track my temps/cervical changes.  

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I started charting, but quickly got discouraged because I wasn’t ovulating so it was just all over the place. I have charted for the last few cycles that I was on meds because it’s good to know when I’m actually ovulating.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

I had very irregular periods when I came off of birth control. I also swear by charting and it helped me get to know my cycles and know exactly when I was ovulating. Fertility Friend was also the tool I used as well.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am a huge supporter of charting. I really think it’s fantastic and I wish I’d known about it a lot sooner so I could have avoided all those years of the BCP.

I think it would be particularly helpful for someone with irregular cycles, because it will give you some better insight into what’s going on with you body on any given day. If you haven’t alrady done so, read TCOYF – it’s a great introduction to charting and learning your body’s signs for the different stages of your cycle.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have been charting (temp only) for the last two cycles, since going off BCP. It can be a little irritating in the morning, but the more used to it I get the less annoying it is. It’s worth it to me, though, because it’s really helpful to see where I am in my cycle and that I am actually ovulating– I was really nervous that it would take a long time to start back up after the pill. Plus, it is hugely helpful in telling you when to expect your period, even my first month off the pill, it was accurate to within a day of when it would start. We are just starting to use it to avoid this month (though technically, I really should wait another month or two to be careful.) 

The cool thing (to nerdy me!) is since I could see the indicating that I had ovulated, I was able to pinpoint the symptoms, and feel like now I would know I was ovulating even without the temping. I use the free version of the Fertility Friend app. I would also recommend the Nexcare basal body thermometer, because the display is a lot easier to read than the Target one and it shows you the last recording temp for a lot longer. You can only get it online as far as I can tell.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Sigyn:  I wake up a lot during the night too, and I do think worrying about when I should take my temp keeps me up longer while I stress about it. I set my alarm to take it at 5:45, and it I wake up after 4:30 but before the alarm, I take it then. If I wake up earlier than that, I just go back to sleep and take it at 5:45 but put a note so I will know why if that temp is out of whack. So far, it doesn’t seem to affect my temperatures too much. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Sigyn:  I did know someone that used fertility friend, not sure how she liked it but its worth a shot! I’ve seen a few other bee’s on other threads recommending it

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Sigyn:  Oh I see– yeah those are tough hours for sleeping! Through some trial and error, I made a guideline for myself that if I wake up less than 2 hours before my normal temp time, I’ll take the temp then. If it is more than that, I just get up and go back to bed and hope I fall back asleep deep enough for the temp to be ok. So for me, I go to be between 10-11 pm, usual temp time is 5:45. If I wake up really after 4 am, I’ll temp, earlier than that I just go bach to sleep and temp at 5:45. I’m interested what other people do, actually. 

BUT, I should note that 1) I’m still pretty new to this, and 2) We areTTA-ing only until the end of the summer, so we are kind of using this as a guideline of when to use protection, but are really ok if something happens sooner. So I’m pretty loose with some of the rules. AND, my cycle seems to be pretty regular with an obvious thermal shift, which is why my loose rules are still kind of working for me. 

I do think it is totally worth it for you to try anyway. The only cost is $10-15 for the thermometer and the wake up. 

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