Post # 1
I’ve never charted before and I always thought that you chart only if you are having trouble conceiving.
I didn’t know but my sister is charting. She said she is probably on the 5 year plan before she starts having kids.
I think I might start charting. I do have at least a year before TTC but it’s good to start now, right? Plus, my sister said she can better predict when she will get her period.
So who is charting out there?
Post # 3
Haha, if you trawl over to the catholic board you’ll find a whole bunch of us charting as part of NFP. I think most of us are charting to avoid conception, but the method of observation is the same regardless; only your behavior changes depending on whether you want to try to get pregnant or not. 🙂
I have been charting for almost 3 years now and love it. I definitely recommend fertility charting as a method of family planning. It takes a few months to get a real handle on it, so if you want to start doing it before you’re actually trying to conceive, it will probably ease your transition. Have fun!
Post # 4
i’m charting… my husband actually got an app on his phone so he’s doing everything for me! we just started trying so we’re hoping not to have trouble, but i figured it might help hurry things along. i don’t think i’d do it if we weren’t ttc or ttc soon, it’s just too much work for me. unless i was going to use it for prevention of a baby.
Post # 5
I started charting pretty much as soon as I went off BC. Well not for the first cycle – but when that came in at around 60 days I decided I wanted to chart.
For us it wasn’t a ‘we’re going to stop preventing so we’ll see what happens’ – it was more of a ‘ok my plan is to get pregnant NOW’ 🙂 I know you can’t plan this… but I’m 31 and now that we’re ready… we’re READY. I decided to chart from the beginning of TTC so that IF things didn’t happen I’d already have the data. Vs. trying to 6 mos – then realizing something isn’t quite right and starting to pay attention to the details.
It was REALLY useful because I did go to the doc after 6 months of my cycle being completely crazy and I had the data to back it up.
Now let me tell you – when we got our MIRACLE I was super happy to STOP charting. I did keep taking my temp for about a month – it can help be an early warning of miscarriage – and I liked seeing it stay high everyday. But then I just kinda stopped.
The bad thing about taking your temp is it has to be at the same time EVERY DAY. I get up at 5am during the week to hit the gym. So that meant on Sat/Sun my alarm still went off at 5am! Usually I went back to sleep – but my alarm also wakes up the dogs! ugh 🙂
I’m a numbers/statistical person. It was fun to review the numbers. Also fun to know the EXACT day IT happened 🙂
(I know this was random thoughts with no flow!)
Post # 6
artbee what’s the app and what phone? i want an easier way, i’m been tracking since november, and were gonna start ttc in september
Post # 7
Yaah, I can predict my period very easily. As soon as my luteal temps start dropping I know it’s either going to be that day, or the next. Depends on how far it drops. That’s super for me, since I no longer get any cramps to warn me my period is coming. (I don’t know why….)
Post # 8
Charting is a wonderful way to get to know your body and cycle. It’s very empowering!
Post # 9
I just started…still getting the hang of it!
Post # 10
I am going to start charting this summer even though we’re a year or so out from TTC. I want to be off the pill, know my body, use it for NFP, etc. My only fear is of being off BC. I used to have horrible, heavy periods/cramps/etc and I’ve been on the pill for 11 years, so I’m worried. That’s why I’m not starting til this summer, bc I have limited bathroom access at my work and I’m paranoid of having a heavy period like I used to have! I’ll be done in July so I’ll go off BC and start charting then, I think 🙂
Post # 11
I am charting, its totally for anyone, not just those having trouble conceiving. My husband and I use it for birth control (we use condoms about one week each month) and I just like knowing the intricacies of my cycle. I think the experience of charting really helps you see what is normal for your own body, rather than trying to compare yourself to others.
There are lots of reasons to chart, for me one of the main ones was so I could stop ingesting hormones x__X
Post # 12
I’ve been charting since going off BC in Jan and while it has helped me learn about my body, I think it has made me stress a little more. I don’t know, we’ve been TTC since March and since I’ve been watching things extra closely it seems my body, who was once perfect every 28 days, decide to do a tailspin on my and now I have no idea whats going on and when to look for my period to hopefully NOT come. Oh well, just means it is not our time I guess. 🙁
Post # 13
I had an attempt at charting recently and struggled with it. My temp was wacko- 97.7 one day, 96.2 the following, 98.6 the next, and 96.5 the following (actual numbers). This continued for two weeks, so I had no idea when my temp was actually dropping. Any advice from the ladies who chart (not to steal your thread, but there seems to be quite a bit of success on this board!!!)
Post # 14
I have been charting for 9 months and will continue to chart for the rest of my fertile years. I wish I had started years ago but didn’t know charting existed. There are so many benefits, even if you’re not using it to TTC. It can help diagnose hidden health problems such as thyroid or hormone conditions. In my case, it revealed a hidden luteal phase defect that I never knew I had. Without this info I would have suffered needless miscarriages.
If you do start TTC, most doctors won’t help you until you’ve been trying for 6-12 months. Having years of charts prepared can be used as evidence that you have been trying so that you don’t have to wait so long to get help.
Post # 15
Some suggestions for troubleshooting:
- Are you using a quality basal thermometer? A regular fever thermometer is not accurate enough.
- Are you leaving the thermometer under your tongue and not breathing through your mouth, and are you leaving it in for the recommended time?
- Are you taking your temp at the EXACT same time every day? (If there is more than 1 hour time difference it won’t work at all, and even 20 minutes can change your temp by .1 degree).
- Are you taking your temp before you sit up/stretch/use the bathroom? You need to have been asleep for at least 4 hours before temping for it to work, and you need to take it lying down in bed. No getting up to retrieve the thermometer from the bathroom or anything.
- Did you recently go of hormonal birth control? That can really screw up your temps for a while.
Post # 16
I’m charting! It’s great! I now understand how my period works and know that my cycle isn’t the “standard” 28 days which always upset/concerned me. It’s really useful at determining when you ovulate so you can either TTC or postpone/avoid pregnancy. I’m Catholic so it’s really suggested, however, I think all women should use so they can understand their bodies better. Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a great book to just check out of the library to get a better understanding of what’s going on, and if you like the method, then you can purchase it (that’s what I did). I would suggest the Catholic-related books, but the religion/morality sections and wording might be a turn off to you.