Welcome to the charting to avoid April 2009 thread. If you would like to be added or removed (or have anything changed) from the roll call list,

Here's a link to last month's March 2009

who we are:

* = active member

akaisha - since 04/08

angelxxrose - since 08/08

AnnieA - since 12/07

annie2186

BarefootScientist - since 08/08 and 12 cycles in '05-'06

bandyr - CTA for 3.5 years

ccasanova - CTA since 12/08 + 4 mos prior

Danielle283 - since 02/09

DucetteMama21842 - (babymed) (FF) since 11/08

heather719 - since 01/09

ladyinred - since 06/08

Laggie

mamaspirit - CTA since 11/08 + more prior

MarineMommy - CTA since 10/08

MarineWife - FF Ovusoft since 06/08

miriam_bat_avraham -

momongeon - CTA

MovingMomma - since 02/09 + some time before

nichole - CTA

ReikiMommy07 CTA since 08/08

Shelsi -

Sihaya -

Smylingeyz - CTA since 06/08

Teenytoona - since 02/09

twilight girl - since 08/07

Twinklefae - since 05/08

Virginia884 - since 02/09

wannaBmom_NICU_RN - since 01/09

maggirayne -- CTA 02/08-10/08

JuicyPakwan - CTA 06/07 - 06/08 (?)

jul511riv - CTA 17 mo

Mrs_Lurker - CTA 11 mo

augustinem -- cta 6 mo

DanelleB - 12/07 - 05/08

Runner29 - CTA since 07/07 + 2 years previous

ShwarmaQueen - CTA since 09/07

BananaBreadGirl - CTA for 2 years

sk8ermaiden - 09/07-10/08

texaspeach - 10/04 - 01/09

cfiddlinmama - CTA since 11/07 + more prior

CanidFL - CTA since 06/08

Shell_Ell - (FF) (OS) since 11/04 (15 cycles)

Juliacat - CTA since 03/08 mo, +33 cycles prior from 2001-2004

mommy2twobabes - CTA since 7/08

Othermother'n'madre - CTA since 02/08

cahwilson - since 01/09

February - at least 1

March - 2

April - 2

Happy charting!

Pre-ovulation rules:

1) First 5 Days Rule: You are safe the first 5 days of your menstrual cycle if you had an obvious temp shift 12-16 days before.

2) Dry day rule: You are safe to DTD after 6PM if you have been dry all day.

1) Peak day rule: the last day of fertile mucous is called the peak day (the day before your mucous begins to dry up). You are safe to DTD on the fourth consecutive day after the peak day. If another patch of more fertile mucous appears, start your count over.

2) Temperature shift rule: You are safe the evening of the third consecutive day your temp is above your coverline. If your temp falls at or below the coverline during the 3 day count, begin your count again.

BOTH rules must be satisfied to be considered in your infertile phase.

When you see a temperature shift of at least 0.2 degrees F above the highest of the previous 6 temps, draw a line 0.1 degrees F above that highest temp.

Books:
Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler

Garden of Fertility and Honoring Our Cycles workbook, by Katie Singer

The Art of Natural Family Planning by John and Sheila Kippley

Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing: How Ecological Breastfeeding Spaces Babies by Sheila Kippley

Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon

Fertility Friend charting software, and ttc charting guide

Author Katie Singer's Garden of Fertility website

Billings Ovulation Method info

Billings Ovulation Method Association, USA

Billings Centre, CA

Couple to Couple League (find an NFP instructor)

Creighton Model

BFP: what we are trying to avoid, a positive pregnancy test

CD: Cycle day

CM: cervical mucous (same as CF)

CF: cervical fluid (same as CM)

DPO: Days past ovulation

DTD: Do the deed

GIO: get it on

EWCM: eggwhite cervical mucous/fluid

LP: Luteal phase - the time from ovulation until your period, average 10-16 days

LTL: low temp level (basically 1/10th below FAM's CL or on the highest of the 6 previous temps)

HTL: high temp level (4/10ths above LTL, temp rise needed to indicate O)

**please let me know by PMing me.**PM me if you'd like to start next month's thread.Here's a link to last month's March 2009

**If you did not post in March, you have been deleted from the list.**If you were mistakenly deleted, or you would like to be added/removed, please PM me and let me know. I can not promise to make changes requested in the thread, but I will try to get to everything.*Charting/Using FAM/NFP to AVOID*

who we are:

* = active member

akaisha - since 04/08

angelxxrose - since 08/08

AnnieA - since 12/07

annie2186

BarefootScientist - since 08/08 and 12 cycles in '05-'06

bandyr - CTA for 3.5 years

ccasanova - CTA since 12/08 + 4 mos prior

Danielle283 - since 02/09

DucetteMama21842 - (babymed) (FF) since 11/08

heather719 - since 01/09

ladyinred - since 06/08

Laggie

mamaspirit - CTA since 11/08 + more prior

MarineMommy - CTA since 10/08

MarineWife - FF Ovusoft since 06/08

miriam_bat_avraham -

momongeon - CTA

MovingMomma - since 02/09 + some time before

nichole - CTA

ReikiMommy07 CTA since 08/08

Shelsi -

Sihaya -

Smylingeyz - CTA since 06/08

Teenytoona - since 02/09

twilight girl - since 08/07

Twinklefae - since 05/08

Virginia884 - since 02/09

wannaBmom_NICU_RN - since 01/09

**Graduates**(no longer charting to avoid)maggirayne -- CTA 02/08-10/08

JuicyPakwan - CTA 06/07 - 06/08 (?)

jul511riv - CTA 17 mo

Mrs_Lurker - CTA 11 mo

augustinem -- cta 6 mo

DanelleB - 12/07 - 05/08

Runner29 - CTA since 07/07 + 2 years previous

ShwarmaQueen - CTA since 09/07

BananaBreadGirl - CTA for 2 years

sk8ermaiden - 09/07-10/08

texaspeach - 10/04 - 01/09

cfiddlinmama - CTA since 11/07 + more prior

CanidFL - CTA since 06/08

Shell_Ell - (FF) (OS) since 11/04 (15 cycles)

Juliacat - CTA since 03/08 mo, +33 cycles prior from 2001-2004

mommy2twobabes - CTA since 7/08

Othermother'n'madre - CTA since 02/08

cahwilson - since 01/09

**Pregnancies per Month**(due to user error unless otherwise noted)February - at least 1

March - 2

April - 2

Happy charting!

**Summary of FAM rules (sympto-thermal)**

Pre-ovulation rules:

1) First 5 Days Rule: You are safe the first 5 days of your menstrual cycle if you had an obvious temp shift 12-16 days before.

2) Dry day rule: You are safe to DTD after 6PM if you have been dry all day.

Post ovulation rules:

1) Peak day rule: the last day of fertile mucous is called the peak day (the day before your mucous begins to dry up). You are safe to DTD on the fourth consecutive day after the peak day. If another patch of more fertile mucous appears, start your count over.

2) Temperature shift rule: You are safe the evening of the third consecutive day your temp is above your coverline. If your temp falls at or below the coverline during the 3 day count, begin your count again.

BOTH rules must be satisfied to be considered in your infertile phase.

How to set a coverline:

When you see a temperature shift of at least 0.2 degrees F above the highest of the previous 6 temps, draw a line 0.1 degrees F above that highest temp.

**Resources**

Books:

Garden of Fertility and Honoring Our Cycles workbook, by Katie Singer

The Art of Natural Family Planning by John and Sheila Kippley

Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing: How Ecological Breastfeeding Spaces Babies by Sheila Kippley

Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon

Websites:

Ovusoft charting software, and brief fertility libraryFertility Friend charting software, and ttc charting guide

Author Katie Singer's Garden of Fertility website

Billings Ovulation Method info

Billings Ovulation Method Association, USA

Billings Centre, CA

Couple to Couple League (find an NFP instructor)

Creighton Model

Abbreviations:

AF: Aunt Flo, your periodBFP: what we are trying to avoid, a positive pregnancy test

CD: Cycle day

CM: cervical mucous (same as CF)

CF: cervical fluid (same as CM)

DPO: Days past ovulation

DTD: Do the deed

GIO: get it on

EWCM: eggwhite cervical mucous/fluid

LP: Luteal phase - the time from ovulation until your period, average 10-16 days

LTL: low temp level (basically 1/10th below FAM's CL or on the highest of the 6 previous temps)

HTL: high temp level (4/10ths above LTL, temp rise needed to indicate O)

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