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post #21 of 63

I am going to join you ladies. I've never charted before. I've had the TCOYF book for years and I've read it a couple of times. I normally just go by what my CM looks like, but after a wonky cycle last month and being utterly convinced I was pg for a very stressful week before AF finally showed up, I am realizing I need to become more aware of when I am fertile. I just signed up for the tcoyf website, is there another one you ladies would suggest that might work better? I've never taken my temp in the morning, is there a good, affordable thermometer that a lot of you suggest? Just looking for some guidance as I start this new journey. Thanks!!

post #22 of 63

Hey - I would like to join you guys - I posted a few questions last month - but am not really sure how to join -or how to link my chart?? Help!! Thanks!! :D

post #23 of 63

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If you chart on Fertility Friend, go to "My Home Page" and then "Home Page Settings."  Copy the link at the top of the page and paste it here.  Then, if you'd like Trish will add it to the front page so that everyone can find it if/when you have questions.

 

 

post #24 of 63
Anyone ever lose your thermometer behind the bed? Grrr. I set my alarm, took my temp and when I went to set my thermometer back in its spot, I dropped it between the bed and the wall. Now I have to remember to get DH to move it so I can get it back, record my temp and temp again tomorrow. eyesroll.gif
post #25 of 63
nope, don't trust their CL all the time. Generally but not always.

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Edited by Toolip - 3/7/11 at 1:29pm
post #26 of 63

OK - i think this is it....let me know if there is something different you need. :)

 

 

 
post #27 of 63

That's it!  My chart is a mess this month--I'm attributing it to me having a cold (and breathing through my mouth) right as I'm expecting O.  Messed it all up.  Grr.

 

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/320676

 

 

post #28 of 63
Well I am officially frustrated.
I am on my 3rd pp cycle and I am having the strangest period of my life.
My periods usually last 3-4 days I have horrible cramps and am super heavy.
Today is cd 7 and I am still going with no sight in end.
On the up side the cramps have not been as bad. Still pretty heavy.
Anyone have any idea what might be going on?
post #29 of 63

Hey everyone, I am not charting at the moment,because I am expecting in May, but will continue
to follow this thread for after birth. I was charting regularly before I married last year, and we CTA for 2
months before deciding we wanted to TTC. As the birth looms closer, I've been feeling a bit nervous about CTA,
especially with an infant. I don't want to get pregnant 3 months after birth, like all of the horror stories I've read!
I know my body and sanity would not take to that well.So, it's a bit encouraging to find this thread, especially
since you guys have some great resources(books,websites,ect...)posted at the beginning.I plan on ordering the book on breastfeeding
and baby spacing,because I am going to breastfeed, and I wondered how that worked.I'm very and excited, and relieved to find this
thread!


My two cents on thermometors...I never liked the ones that read in hundreths, it seemed to complicated to me. I always stuck with
the ones that read in tenths.And I also like the ones that take about 2 min to read temps...all those 30 sec ones never seemed
accurate to me. But, just personal preference!

post #30 of 63

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Hey ladies!  I'm new here.

 

We used FAM to conceive our DS and after 10 cycles it worked!

 

We're now more than a year post-partum and I've stopped BCPs in favor of utilizing FAM to avoid. 

 

I'm currently on CD 70 and no sign of AF.  I think this is because I haven't O'd yet and once I do I'll have a 14ish day LP and then AF will show.  This was usually how my cycles were before baby at least.

 

Last go around my first cycle off BCP was 52 days long. 

 

I'm not really worried that I might be PG based on my chart, but WDYT?  Do I need to test JIC, or just keep waiting and watching for signs of O and/or AF?

 

post #31 of 63

So, I just finished my first cycle since I've been charting, and I'm having trouble interpreting it. I'm wondering if it's even possible to tell when I ovulated based on my chart. I missed a couple days of temping, and the times I took my temp were all over the place (anywhere from 6:30 to 10.) I'm also not thrilled about the way CF is recorded on FF. Pretty much every day my CF was what could only be described as creamy, but there were definitely days that it seemed more fertile to me (there was a lot more than other days, I had a very wet/slippery sensation, etc) but there didn't seem to be a way to record that on FF. I guess I probably should have stuck with the paper chart. Anyway, here it is... http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/2ae5fb

 

Thoughts?

post #32 of 63

Sami, it doesn't look bad for a first chart.  It really does take time to get in the habit of it.  My first one wasn't clear either.  For me, taking my temp on time is important.  Could you set an alarm to take it within the same 45 min to an hour each day? 

 

As for cervical fluid, I basically record only dry, creamy, or watery on FF.  Dry is dry.  Creamy I use for the type that makes sort of a line on your underwear; watery i use for the kind that makes more like a round spot.  Not sure if that is helpful, but TCOYF has illustrations, which are what I go by.

 

Stefibeth, welcome!  I wouldn't worry about testing unless you're wanting to go out drinking or doing a cleanse or something, since your last cycle was pretty long too.  'Course if it would make you feel better, test away!

 

Winter, I agree, the 100ths would frustrate me.  Congrats on your pregnancy!

 

mommy2two, I'm sorry about the awful period.  How long did it last?  I had wacky periods for my first 3 pp cycles, but then they evened out nicely.  If my bleeding gets too heavy I take a magnesium supplement, and that seems to lighten it up for a day or so.  I've also read that taking an ibuprofrin just before your period starts can help, but I haven't tried that.  Hopefully the next one will be easier!

 

Not much going on here, charting away.  I think i'm going to order a BD thermometer for next cycle, because mine seems to be favoring 97.1.  Not sure if it's enough to be the cause of my somewhat messy chart this month, but geez.  A thermometer should be a thermometer, you know?

post #33 of 63

Hi mamas,  mind if I join in here for a month or so?  I am charting for the first time really just for fertility awareness.  I am a single mama and am going to be TTC again in a month or two and am just trying to figure out my cycle at the moment.  My chart is a bit wonky mostly because I tend to have long cycles and partly because I can't figure out how/when to temp correctly.  I know you are supposed to temp after 4 solid hours of sleep, but I don't seem to ever get 4 in a row.  I tend to go to bed at around 10 or 11pm and get up at 6:15, but I usually have to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.  If I temp when I wake up to pee, it is sometimes hard to wait for the thermometer, and it can be as early as 2 or 3 in the morning and I know that isn't really long enough to have slept always and it also isn't a morning temp, but more of a middle of the night temp.  If I wait until after I get up to pee and go back to bed and then temp when the alarm goes off, I sometimes only have an hour or two of sleep and then I am temping.

 

I just can't figure this out!  Also, even though I usually have long cycles (35-40 days), this cycle is unreal so far.  I haven't even ovulated yet and I am on CD28.  Grrrr..... 

 

I will say that I had a fever on CD11, so I threw out that temp (it was 98.something) and I also have had a pretty bad back injury that I have been nursing for the past two weeks and a sinus infection the week before that and I haven't been to the gym in three weeks due to all of that.  It has been an extremely STRESSFUL month so far.  Not sure if I just might not be ovulating this month?  I can't remember a month without EWCM since my periods returned after DS though.  I just can't quite figure this one out.  So glad I am not TTC this month!

 

Here is a link so far: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/1314b8/

post #34 of 63
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Originally Posted by SamiPolizzi View Post

So, I just finished my first cycle since I've been charting, and I'm having trouble interpreting it. I'm wondering if it's even possible to tell when I ovulated based on my chart. I missed a couple days of temping, and the times I took my temp were all over the place (anywhere from 6:30 to 10.) I'm also not thrilled about the way CF is recorded on FF. Pretty much every day my CF was what could only be described as creamy, but there were definitely days that it seemed more fertile to me (there was a lot more than other days, I had a very wet/slippery sensation, etc) but there didn't seem to be a way to record that on FF. I guess I probably should have stuck with the paper chart. Anyway, here it is... http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/2ae5fb

 

Thoughts?


I'm not very good at interpreting charts. Mine are always pretty straight forward. I'm not sure how to read it with missing days. Also, how far off is the time for the open circles? Are the temps adjusted? My first chart probably looked about like that too. I got better at temping at the same time every day, got a new thermometer, and then I started temping vaginally. I am a big fan of vaginal temping. It is soooo much easier to me. In your mouth, you have to be awake enough to hold your lips around it, but vaginally you just stick it in and fall back asleep until it beeps. And it won't make a difference if you were snoring that night or had a stuffy nose.

As for CM, if you have a watery sensation, record watery. For CTA you record the MOST fertile cm, even if it is just a drop or a sensation. I do agree that it is frustrating though. Sometimes I have GOBS of cm and I feel like there should be a way to mark it with an (!) or something! You can always put something in the note.



Here's my chart. Af will probably be here tomorrow.

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/2b6757/?i=4229664&
post #35 of 63

Hey ladies, would you mind looking at my chart and giving me a vote on a most likely O date?  According to FF, it could be CD9 (FAM setting, not likely), CD 17 (advanced), or CD23 (research).  I'm thinking CD 17, but I was sick CD17-23, so I'm not sure.

 

Any thoughts?

post #36 of 63
What do the squares vs circles mean? I'm not sure I see O in that chart.
post #37 of 63

The squares mean that I entered notes--mostly about being sick or something.  I know what you mean, I don't really see it either.  I just wish AF would come.

post #38 of 63
Thread Starter 

Hey ladies! I need someone to take over as thread keeper starting in April. I'm not really charting anymore (nothing to avoid right now and charting is making me a little crazy!) Please PM me if you're interested and I'll send you the details. There's really not much to it.

 

Thanks!

post #39 of 63

I asked the question as it's own thread, but realized that you ladies are probably the best to ask it to, so here it goes: how many cycles until you can start relying on FAM to TTA? Specifically when coming off of hormonal BC? 

 

Backstory: I had my Mirena IUD out in January and my first cycle was 52 days long. I'm now CD 12 in my second post-Mirena cycle. Things were pretty crazy in the first cycle, as you be expected, but I think I am pretty good at determining signs (especially since they would vary so much day to day!). Things are going well so far this cycle, but I had EWCM (tinged brown) directly after AF ended, which doesn't seem to be normal. I'm assuming my body is still working things out? 

 

Edited to add my chart info because I think that might be useful: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/3309e3

 

Edited by lactatinggirl - 3/21/11 at 12:24am
post #40 of 63

Hi everyone. I''m a little confused about the difference between watery, egg-white and creamy. Or, indeed, sticky! Does it become clearer(which is which I mean!) after a while?? I THINK I've been having EWCM for four days in a row on days 17-20 of my cycle. I had what i THINK was sticky on days 10-12 and then suddenly spotting for two days on day 13 and 14. It just seems to have no pattern at all - as in, CM increasing in fertile quality until ovulation etc. FF has put my ovulation date as day 20 now,which was the last day of EWCM. Is it normal to have this many days of fertile quality CM? ON the plus side my temps are less all over the place, have been better about taking them at roughly 5 am lately since my son's getting up 5:30 most days (yuck!)


Edited by Devaya - 3/23/11 at 5:30am
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