I have read TCOYF and am planning to have my mirena taken out on June 6 (YAY!!). I'm wondering if it's even possible for me to begin charting before then, or if I should wait until I bleed following the removal?
My last period was in June 2009. I had my dd in Feb. 2010, had my first Mirena put in 6 weeks later but my body rejected it (or it wasn't put in properly, we're not entirely sure which), so the one I have now was put in 8 weeks after I delivered.
I have had only occasional spotting after the placement bleeding, so haven't been tracking any kind of cycle pattern. The bleeding appears just about every two weeks... I am assuming at ovulation and when I would traditionally begin menstruation, but both times have the same amount of redish-brown tinged fluid and last for only one or two days. I have LARGE amounts of thick, opaque, white, sticky mucous every single day (one of the main reasons I HATE this thing).
I have ordered a basal thermometer but don't have it yet and I'm itching to get started. :)
I tried to check the actual cervical fluid today and definitely have eggwhite, stretchy, lube CF at the CO, but also the copious amounts of thick, white, sticky stuff as well. Is the eggwhite CF related to possible ovulation now? Is it -- like the other CF -- just a biproduct of the Mirena and not reliable at predicting ovulation while using the IUD?
How soon after removing the Mirena will I have a period? Is it immediate, or will we need to use another method of birth control until that happens?
Should I start charting immediately after removal/my first period, or should I wait until it appears that I have regular cycles?
How many have relied solely on this method during the 1-3 month "learning curve" when beginning to chart cycles?
I had planned to use a femcap while learning the method but after reading more realized that's probably not a good idea because it will make it impossible to determine CF following use. My husband isn't thrilled with the idea of condoms. Should we just wait until the post-ovulatory period, or is there a better way to handle this while I'm not quite sure what my body's doing?
Thanks for any info! :)