Last Month's Thread
Last Month's Thread
Welcome to the October 2010 charting to avoid and fertility awareness thread. We are all at different stages in family planning and our own fertility. Some of us are very ardently Charting to Avoid (CTA); most are CTA but would be thrilled with a BFP; and we even have a few who are "whatevering" , and continue to hang out here.
If you did not post in September, you may have been deleted from the list. If you were mistakenly deleted, or you would like to be added/removed, please PM me or post and let me know. I cannot promise to make all the changes requested in the thread, but I will try to get to everything. To those who are new, welcome!
Please double check I have your chart linked correctly. If I need to fix it, please link to your chart and ask in bold. Thanks!
You must post in October if you want to be on the November list!
Who We Are
Maine Mama Doula
wholewheatchick - Due in Dec. 2010
OSUvet - Due in Feb. 2011
echospiritwarrior - Due in Feb. 2011
lyterae - Due in Feb. 2011
dex_millie - Due in Feb. 2011
annie2186 - Due in April 2011
katiedidbug - Due in May 2011
No Longer TTA
Good luck to those of us who are now TTC!
Summary of FAM rules (sympto-thermal)
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 mucus is called the peak day (the day before your mucus begins to dry up). You are safe to DTD on the fourth consecutive day after the peak day. If another patch of more fertile mucus 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.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
Garden of Fertility by Katie Singer
The Art of Natural Family Planning by John and Sheila Kippley
Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing by Sheila Kippley
Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon
TCOYF (Ovusoft) charting software, and brief fertility library
Fertility Friend charting software, and ttc charting guide
myfertilitycharts.com free software for ttc or tta
Garden of Fertility author Katie Singer's website
Mothering Magazine article by Katie Singer
Billings Ovulation Method info
Billings Ovulation Method Association, USA
Billings Centre, CA
Couple to Couple League (find an NFP instructor)
AF: Aunt Flo, your period
AFM: as for me
BD: baby dancing; bed dancing (sex)
BFN: big fat or bald faced negative (negative pregnancy test)
BFP: big fat or bald faced positive (positive pregnancy test)
BIP: basic infertile pattern
CD: cycle day
CF: cervical fluid (same as CM)
CHs: crosshairs (intersection of coverline and ovulation)
CM: cervical mucus (same as CF)
CTA: charting to avoid
CTW: charting to "whatever" (not avoiding, not preventing)
DPO: days past ovulation
DTD: do the deed
EWCM: eggwhite cervical mucus/fluid
GIO: get it on
HTL: high temp level (4/10ths above LTL, temp rise needed to indicate O)
LP: luteal phase (between ovulation and menses, average 10-16 days)
LTL: low temp level (basically 1/10th below FAM's CL or on the highest of the 6 previous temps)
POAS: pee on a stick (pregnancy test)
SR: seminal residue
TTA: trying to avoid
TTC: trying to conceive
TTW: trying to whatever
other common abbreviations
Happy Charting Everyone!!