Temping/ charting/ fertility monitor when cycle is whack??

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

atlasbee :  I’d start tracking now, that way you know when it does settle back into normal and a pattern is established. I asked the same thing a few months ago when I started charting, whether it was best to wait or just jump in mid-cycle, and most advised to just go ahead and start. Get a good BBT thermometer and temp every day at the same time, very first thing in the morning before you even get out of bed and enter your info immediately. It was a little uninspiring at first because there was no historical data to go off of, but the more you input, the more an app like Fertility Friend can go off of and the more information you’ll get about your cycle specifically. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Even with a long cycle, if you temp you should be able to see if you are ovulating as your BBT shifts. What you won’t be able to do is base your next cycle off of it, as presumably the third one should be shorter, the fourth even more so, etc. It’s also possible that your cycles are anovulatory as your body adjusts which temping would be able to show. Again, could be helpful info.

As for a fertility monitor, personally I used Ava. It is not advertised to work for such long cycles, though it could be helpful in tracking your temperature shifts (as well as other data they obtain to determine your cycle). The trickiness would be that it “learns” your body, which I believe means it uses algorithms to interpret your data—so if one cycle lasts 60+ days, it might assume that’s the norm, and not reflect the data appropriately as your subsequent cycles shorten. However, a fertility monitor might still be a useful tool as your body cycles back to normal, and could be a nice tool to have on hand.

Good luck! 

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