(Closed) Taking Control of Your Fertility!

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I just bought this book on Saturday (10th edition).  Haven’t started to read it yet but will soon.  We are not sure when we’re TTC’ing yet as DH will be deployed sometime in the new year.  Getting excited!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Nic01:  I just bought it last week! It does have a lot of info to get through in the first part but found it really interesting as I didn’t really know a lot. I’m not using FF, I just printed out charts from her book and am trying to go witthis the pencil and paper way. You could def skip to the charting parts!

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@Nic01:  I’m a bit nerdy in my interest for sciency stuff, so I didn’t really find the first few chapters dry (very interesting, actually), but I do think they provide a really important foundation for understanding exactly what’s going on in your body (understanding what’s actually going on as you chart).  Also, I was a little overwhelmed when I got it – the book is huge! – but if you haven’t looked ahead yet, a good deal of the back is appendixes and charts and stuff, not actual text.  I think once you get through the foundational chapters, it’ll actually be a really quick read to finish it.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@Nic01:  You should be able to find a BBT thermometer at your local drugstore.  I bought mine at CVS, but I’ve seen them at the grocery store, Target, Walmart, etc.  They are likely near the reproductive health products (condoms, HPTs), but sometimes these stores have weird organizational schemes, so you might have to ask.

I’ve read that all that is important is that it’s accurate to the 10th of a degree, but I like the increased accuracy of ones that read to the 100th.  You want to make sure it’s at least accurate to the 10th, though, because your temp generally will only vary within a range or 1 or 2 degrees, and a regular thermometer will round it so that you don’t have enough accuracy to really see your patterns and shifts.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve read it, but not cover to cover. Do push through the early chapters though. I skipped the annexes for the time being. But I love the book and it really is a great resource! Hang in there!

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@Nic01:  I believe the accuracy should be listed on the package.  Most of them are just labeled as “Basal Digital Thermometer.”  They are different though than standard digital thermometers – specifically in their accuracy.  But if you find any digital thermometer that is accurate to at least 1/10th of a degree, you should be fine 🙂

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@Nic01:  Yup!  There is actually a TCOYF website where you can chart, but most bees use Fertility Friend.  

Come join the Charters of the Hive thread if you have any questions or just want to chat about charting!

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