Post # 17
All that I ever tracked was my period, when we BD’ed and CM/CP. The month we got pregnant (this month!), we took a 100% laid back approach and charted nothing. Sure enough, BFP!
I think for the vast majority of women, particularly those under, say, 35, charting everything right from the beginning isn’t necessary and in my case was even counterproductive to my sanity. Have lots of sex and the rest solves itself! Of course, this doesn’t apply to women who know they have fertility issues.
Post # 18
No. I didn’t even have time to think about it, though. It’d only been a few weeks after I stopped using bc that I became pregnant.
Post # 19
@lealorali: We didn’t chart at all- luckily got pregnant on the first or second try with both pregnancies:)
Post # 20
see that’s where I disagree… not everyone ovulates on day 15 like the common belief.. and even my gyno said it was more common for HEALTHY YOUNG women to ovulate a little later in their cycle… like around day 20… So if I wasn’t charting, I would have never known that I NEVER EVER EVER even come close to ovulating 15 days in. and if I just had sex whenever, I could have easily missed my fertile window. Also it let me keep my sanity when I was avoiding… because I have longer cycles. I would have wasted soo much money on pregnancy tests… and would have wondered GEEE why am I a week later than usual? Especially this month. So knowing when I ovulated TOOK AWAY stress. Also knowing that you’re not going to feel true pregnancy symptoms until 8+dpo also made me more sane. I wasn’t overanalyzing every symptom thinking… Am I pregnant?
Post # 21
@lealorali: I signed up for FF and got a thermometer to start charting my temps. It was too much of a hassle for me to remember to do it so all I did was log in when I got my periods. I did this for a few months prior to TTC. Then once we started TTC I used OPK’s and got pregnant on the first cycle.
Post # 22
that’s true too! It’s a really personal decision. For me, it didn’t help anything, but my cycles are super regular and we’re an EOD kinda couple naturally. I was gung-ho about charting until I realized that it was actually making me even more frustrated during the months we did everything right and still didn’t get pregnant.
I think also being on a TTC board skews the numbers of how many women actually chart. On the Bee, it seems like everyone does because what else would there be to talk about on a TTC board? We also in general see a higher number of women who have been TTC longer, so it makes sense that they’re charting. My real point was that if someone like the OP is struggling with charting, it’s okay to say that’s okay. I hope that makes sense!
Post # 23
I charted and i’m now 4 months pregnant! I had been on the pill for about 16 years consecutively and although my cycle came back on its own fairly regularly, I knew it could probably take some time to conceive. Although I liked charting (can’t believe I went all those years not knowing that I could know when my period was coming based on taking my temp!), it did get emotionally frustrating. It took us about 6 months of charting although the first 3 months our timing was off. Still, I would highly recommend doing the fertility friend tutorial…I think there was like 20 lessons but it was extremely helpful.
Post # 24
its so, so encouraging to hear all of your stories. I’m so excited to start ttc soon!
Post # 25
Not really charted. I used OPKs and that was it. It took 5 cycles to get pregnant.
Post # 26
i found charting frustrating, because my temps were all over the place. my husband told me he was going to throw my thermometer out the window a few times because i was stressing. haha. that was cycle 1 somewhat trying.
i found OPKs to be so much easier. i just payed attention to some symptoms that i was having, like ovulation cramping and CM and boom, got my positive OPK that day and the next! we got pregnant that cycle (cycle 2, but 1 really trying). i used both the wondfo and the clearblue ones, both gave the same result on my positive days.
what also helped me decide was a friend said she was having no luck trying to get pregant for 6 months, then she used OPKs the next cycle and got pregnant.
Post # 27
I don’t know if you would consider me a ‘real’ charter but I charted CM and OPKs for three months off of BCP. Got pregnant the first month that we NTNP.
Post # 28
I was tracking my periods on an app called period tracker because I had a copper iud and had no idea when they were coming. Because of that I knew my approximate fertile window and the first time we had sex during that we got pg. I wouldn’t personally chart unless I had a few unsuccessful months first. If charting seems like a lot start by just tracking your period on the app I used. It automatically tells you an estimated fertole window and ovulation date. All you have to do is enter your pd start and stop dates every month.
i think MOST people that chart are on a timeline or having trouble.
Post # 29
@lealorali: I charted my temperatures only (didn’t bother with CM or other symptoms) and I am so glad that I did. For starters, I tend to have short cycles around 26 days. So my normal menstruation app on my phone would predict ovulation around CD 12 for me- since it’s normally CD 14 but my cycle is short. Well, after 2 cycles of focusing around CD 10-14, I decided to start charting. To my suprise, I ovulate anywhere from CD 16 onwards- and have a very short luteal phase! We started focusing our BDing on the later half of the cycle and on cycle number 5, after ovulating on CD 20, I got my BFP. I really think it would have taken us much, much longer to get pregnant had I not realized I was ovulating late. Not to mention, when I finally got my BFP, I KNEW that my baby was 6 days behind schedule so I didn’t panic at my first US scan. Because they base your baby’s dates around the first day of your LMP, the date assumes you ovulate around CD 14, but I knew that I was 6 days later, and my baby was 6 days younger! Now I am perfectly on my dates which is great. Really happy I charted!
Post # 30
You bring up a good point about the benefits of pinpointing ovulation (other than the obvious when TTC) – @lealorali
, had I not been charting, I wouldn’t have known that I ovulate later (anywhere from CD16-21) and have a shorter luteal phase. Knowing this, I’ve been able to take small actions to improve my luteal phase (after a couple months of taking vitamin B6, it’s a few days longer). I don’t have any obvious health problems, and I do have a pretty regular cycle (28-30 days), so most period tracker apps that just go on your start and stop dates would not get my ovulation date correct.
Post # 31
nope, we just threw away the condoms and left it to chance. the month (3rd cycle) we got pregnant we only BD once as Dh was away pretty much the entire month and guess we just got lucky