Post # 1
My husband and I are planning to begin trying to conceive over the next couple of months. I went off birth control in December of 2014 and we are using other forms of prevention while we wait for the time to be right. We are both super excited but I am also cautiously optimistic as I have never been a “regular” gal, having cycles that lasted anywhere from 28 days to 6 months. Since going off birth control and having that initial period, I’ve had nothing. My older sister has recommended that I begin temping and charting in order to understand what my body is up to.
My question for the hive and for those ladies who have been irregular, did you feel charting makes a difference? I feel like it is really hard to identify the pattern if you never have a consistent baseline to compare against.
Post # 2
I used the ovia app. It was free, easy and I marked down cycles, temps, ovulation tests and pregnancy tests. I would get tested for PCOS before trying to conceive as there are different medications that can help you cycle regularly. I have PCOS and we started trying in May. My MD wasn’t willing to start me on metformin for PCOS so I wanted to still try for a while before seeing a RE. I started right away with temps (and then stopped tracking them because mine weren’t trending well), ovulation tests, cervical fluid, when we tried, and pregnancy tests. My cycles are irregular, although I did feel that chasteberry was helping them at first but then they started getting longer again so I stopped it. After 2 months without a cycle, I decided it was time to make an appt with a reproductive endocrinologist, but at my cycle day 77 I found out that I am pregnant and I’m waiting for the bloodwork to confirm how far along. Charting helped me out in this respect, because my MD was willing to let me get bloodwork right away because I really don’t know exactly how far along I am and at least I have an idea about the window.
Post # 3
Even if you don’t have regular cycles, using Fertility Friend or a charting app allows you to keep track just in case you run into problems. Being able to share a chart with a docto can be extremely beneficial.
Post # 4
Congratulations on your pregnancy!!! So good to hear that!
Oh snap, I never even thought of the data that charting could provide to the DR!
Before even going to a DR, I guess I’m hoping that my body will work itself out or at least I will see something is happening by charting. I just went ahead and ordered the Nexcare Digital Basal Thermometer and installed the Fertility Friend app.
Post # 5
I have long irregular cycles as well. I charted with FF and read Taking Charge of your Fertility. I learned so much and always knew where I was in my cycle, so never had the, “OMG I’m ‘late,’ am I pregnant, must buy and pee on all the sticks!!!” because I KNEW when I ovulated and therefore had zero guess work on when to test and no “what ifs” driving me mad. Highly recommend charting for long cycles! Good luck to you! The Charters of the Hive thread is amazingly supportive and was my home during the TTA/TTC stages of my charting journey. 🙂
Post # 6
Chart away! Highly recommend it, especially for irregular cycles. Knowledge is power … I envy friends who don’t chart and have gotten pregnant quickly, but not knowing where I am in my cycle, not having data from various cycles for comparison, etc. would me more stressful for me rather than less. Particularly because you mention an irregular cycle – only way to confirm O is temp rise after the fact. So it’s difficult to get any sense of O patterns until you have a few months of data. Without that info, you will be spending lots of time guessing, wondering etc. and, if it takes you some time (hopefully it won’t!!! 🙂 it will help to look back on the TTC cycles and BD schedule to get a sense of whether your timing put you in the running or not and therefore whether there is any cause for concern. If you get pg right away, it’s still useful knowing your own patterns for the future, and having a better idea of conception date. Good luck!!!!!
Post # 7
One word of caution about the Nexcare that I wish someone had told me. It beeps continuously the entire time … DH was not a fan! 😉 Some people prefer that, though, so they don’t fall asleep. They always recommend you don’t switch thermometers in the middle of a cycle. Everyone everywhere will recommend TCOYF and for good reason. It is the starting place of choice for most, and so helpful. Worth having as a reference, too.
Post # 8
I had long irregular cycles and charging helped a lot. Like MrsFairyBee:
said, I never thought I was late because I knew exactly when I ovulated. And when we started TTC, we did it EOD, which was difficult to keep up with over a +40 day cycle, so knowing exactly when I o’d meant I knew when we could stop BD!!!
Post # 9
I have long, irregular cycles as well and charting has been really helpful. Like AOriver:
knowing when O happened means that there can be a break in the EOD BD pattern. It can be frustrating wondering what in the world is your body doing but at the same time, it’s cool to watch for patterns. Plus, you’ll be able to show your doctor the data! I see mine again in April and I am planning on printing out my charts and showing her those to prove that I’m not making it up, my cycles really are that long!
Post # 10
Another long irregular cycler here (anywhere from 30-49 days usually) and I definitely liked charting. It was super helpful to know exactly when I O’ed – no wondering if I got preg, finally took the pressure off having sex if I thought O was coming up, and came in useful when I finally had to see an RE.