(Closed) Successful pregnancies… did you 'chart'?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Did you 'chart', or just conceive without tracking your fertility?

    No, we got pregnant without charting.

    Yes, I charted my fertility patterns to get pregnant.

  • Post # 47
    Hostess
    3571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    So I’m not pregnant yet. But I charted for about the last year while TTA and last month was our first month TTC. So yeah, I’m still charting, but we’re still only having sex when we want to.

    I can say that I’m one of those people who have found charting really helpful and have calmed me down a lot. I always thought that my cycles were irregular and since they were long, I figured I might not be ovulating. Well, I DO ovulate, it just varies (Earliest ever was CD 16, latest ever was CD 13) so my luteal phase obviously ends at different times. Without charting, I’d probably really struggle to get pregnant because I don’t O anywhere near CD 14 like doctors like to tell women. And if I wasn’t thinking about BDing in a semi-timed manner, we might just never hit the window. 

    Overall, it’s a relief and I’m glad I do it. I also feel a lot better off hormonal BC and will probably chart to TTA in between babies again because I have pretty much no intention of going on hormonal birth control ever again. 

    Post # 48
    Hostess
    3571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @CatyLady  I use the Target brand BBT. I think it was like 7-9 dollars and it works well. (I also used the Meijer brand one, but felt like it took the temps too quickly and wasn’t as reliable). 

    Post # 49
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Our first cycle , we were NTNP. When we got our BFN that month I was more disappointed than I thought so we took it a step further and used OPKs. I was lucky that on the first OPK I used it was positive, and we were successful our first month. Had we not been successful, I would have continued using OPKs for a few month and then we would have started charting after 3-4 months. 

    Post # 50
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I answered that I charted to get pregnant, but really that’s not exactly true.  I’ve charted since before my first pregnancy, and for all of my pregnancies, I’ve charted through and around them.  However, my cycles are irregular enough that what charting does is tell me AFTER O has happened.  To get pregnant, we’ve bd’d every other day.  That’s led to all of my pregnancies.

    Post # 51
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @lealorali  I tracked my fertility & really listened to my body, but I did not track temps. I too signed up for FF and was VERY overwhelmed, despite having a medical background. I downloaded Pink Pad (I recommend the full version, not free version) on my iphone and I love it. I actually am now using their Baby Bump app. Pink Pad allowed me to chart my cm, symptoms, when AF arrived, when she was expected, and when my fertile days were based upon my previous months.

     

    THe first month, October, we just went with the flow and didnt really pay attention to when my fertile days were. We were on our honeymoon in Europe so we just had fun. 

     

    November, we paid a little more attention to specific days, but I was exhausted during my fertile days due to long hours at my job, so we didnt BD as much as we should have. We also started using Clearblue Ovulation Tests that cycle.

     

    In December, we started really trying. We started using Preseed (I highly recommend this!!!!) along with the Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Tests – I got a full smiley (I never had a flashing smiley) on CD 13. We BD on CD 13, CD 14, CD 15, & Cd 16. I think I actually ovulated on CD 15 due to some right sided pains I had that day. We got a BFP on 11dpo! 

     

     

     

    FX for you!

     

    Post # 52
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

    First things first: I hate all of you.

    Secondly: I’m in my 9th cycle charting. I’m still not pregnant. I’ve never seen a positive pregnancy test. The first few months off of birth control (we started trying immediately), my cycles were a BIT off – a few days longer than usual, luteal phase a day or two shorter than it should be. Started taking B6 about 5 cycles ago, now have a pretty normal LP and a shorter-than-average-but-still-healthy-cycle (24 – 25 days).

    I’m very glad I started charting from the beginning. I know that I’m getting LH surges every month; of course, there’s a possibility that I’m still not ovulating.

    I’ve FINALLY decided to start being better about taking temps this cycle in the hopes of getting some answers (I’m in my mid-20s). I ordered a home sperm count test for him to take (yes, I’m aware of the human error element. I told him that if it comes up at all abnormal, he’s going in ASAP…but honestly, he’s probably going in within the next 2 months no matter what).

    The waiting at this point is a BIG killer – so, yes, I’ve had to chart in the hopes of getting pregnant. Odds are very high in my favor that I’ll eventually get pregnant. But after months of successful charting and bangin’ like it’s going out of style, odds are also very, very good that I’m going to be talking to an RE or OBGYN in a few months looking for answers…despite everything outwardly being “normal.”

    I’m happy for those who managed to get pregnant within a few months – I’m constantly reminded that most normal folks get pregnant within 3 – 6 months, with a quarter getting lucky that very first month trying. I’m still trying to fall pregnant, and most women who fall into the normal timing camps are already going into their second or third trimesters. That’s…tough.

    Now I have to sit and twiddle my thumbs for 3 – 4 more months. I’ve started temping because I might bitchslap any doctor who tells me, “Hm, charting your CM, taking OPKs and telling me the timing of your intercourse isn’t enough. Go take your temperatures for another 2 to 3 months, then come back and we’ll look at it.” It’d be nice to have it right there for their viewing and move onto some treatment options.

     

     

    Post # 53
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I charted for two years to prevent pregnancy, and for 14 months to conceive (we had a miscarriage after 9 months of trying and it took us another 5 to successfully conceive again).I have long cycles, so without charting it probably would have taken us a LOT longer to get pregnant.

    I began charting after reading the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which I do reccomend if you are interested in charting. it’s a big book, but very well laid out (easy to skip sections that are not pertinent to you, or look up specific questions). I liked having it on hand as I charted to answer questions or look things up. 

    Other posters are correct, though; it is basically the process of recording your basal body temperature every day, as well as any fertility signs (for example, mucus), in order to recognize when your body is most fertile. The other GREAT benefit, it that once you have charted a few cycles you will know when to expect your period. Mine was always 13 days after ovulation, so as long as I charted to confirm when I ovulated I knew exactly when to expect my period.

    Another thing that is helpful, if you are trying to conceive, is using ovulation predictor strips (OPKs). They let you know when your body is gearing up to ovulate. They are not fool-proof– you can gear up to ovulate and then NOT ovluate, but when used in conjuction with charting they can help you hit your most fertile window.

    Good luck to you!

    Post # 55
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @lealorali  Personally, they were the ONLY way to go for me. I think the cheap ones are a waste of money, but the more expensive ones like the Clearblue Advanced is totally worth it, in my opinion. I also rave about pre-seed. We got pregnant the first month of using Pre-Seed.

    Post # 56
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @lealorali  According to this article by a statistician, OPK are the most accurate at predicting ovulation, which I found really interesting. Plus I like Emily Oster’s articles!

    @lealorali

    Post # 57
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @lealorali  I used the cheap wondfos and they were incredibly reliable. I never had a problem using them.

    Post # 58
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

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    @lealorali  I think they work very well if you are using them WITH charting. I specify this, again, because while they will indicate when you are gearing up to ovulate they can not tell you if ovulation has occured or not. I know some people have problems with not ever showing a surge, but this shouldn’t be the case for most people. The key is to take them at the same time each day (NOT in the morning). Some people also recommend taking them twice a day in order to optimize your chance of catching the surge.

    So the short answer is yes, I think they are worth trying. I used Wondfo brand (buy from amazon, very cheap). Incidentally, I also really liked the wondfo brand pregnancy tests ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 59
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Yes I charted. Though when my temp started to drop (which it does 4-5 days before AF), I stopped charting because I got sad. I decided to start charting once AF actually starts. And lo and behold, AF never came and I had a BFP that month!

    I am not planning to chart my pregnancy because I heard the temps can do all sorts of crazy things and it will just freak me out.

    Post # 60
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    @lealorali  Oh no you don’t!  I would just about guarantee that you would rather not be in my shoes.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  It’s taken me 3.5 years and 6 miscarriages to get to where I am.  And you are still within “normal” since it can take 6-12 months for a normal couple to get pregnant.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  I hated hearing that, but it IS the truth.  Hope you get your sticky bfp soon!

     

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    @lealorali  For me OPK’s were a big huge miss.  I never even got a 2nd line on them (and I have line eye too so we are talking they were STARK WHITE) let alone a positive.  If you have PCOS, it can truly be hit and miss.  Some ladies with PCOS are like me and never get a 2nd line, others get positives every single time they use one.  Some (I think it’s a minority though) ladies with PCOS have great success with them.  

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