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Charting to Avoid/Fertility Awareness July 2012

post #1 of 31
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flower.gif   July 2012  flower.gif

 

Welcome to the July 2012 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); some are CTA but would be thrilled with a BFP; and we even have a few who are "whatevering" or pregnant and continue to hang out here.

 

If you did not post last month, you may have been deleted from the list. If you have joined recently, please double check I have your chart linked correctly. If you were mistakenly deleted, you would like to be added/removed, or you spot anything you would like me to change, please post or PM me to let me know. Remember, you must post in July if you want to be on the August list!

 

To those who are new, welcome! Welcome.gif


 

 

    Who We Are

 

birdie.lee

*Baby_Cakes BFPChart2.gif

*blessedwith7 BFPChart2.gif

*Cassiani

*erigeron

*dreamingtree  BFPChart2.gif

*inthemeadow

*JenRN

jesusfollower

*JMJ

*Kat216 BFPChart2.gif

*lactatinggirl

*librarygirl BFPChart2.gif

*mtgooseberry

OneWithTwoBFPChart2.gif

*organicviolin

*physics girl BFPChart2.gif

 

sleepingbeautyBFPChart2.gif

WifeofAnt BFPChart2.gif

 

 

 

Graduates

 

 

Pregnant! belly.gif

alyadri BFPChart2.gif (March 2012)

justKate BFPChart2.gif (STM) (April 2012)

miss_honeyb BFPChart2.gif  (April 2012)

FaithHopeLove29 BFPChart2.gif

Lionessmom BFPChart2.gif
 

 

 

 Wiki Resources for Charting to Avoid

 

Reasons to Choose Natural Family Planning - Why would you want to use charting to plan your family, anyway?  Feel free to add your own reasons for charting!

 

Types of Natural Family Planning - It's not just the rhythm method.  They've got this down to a science with options galore!

 

NFP or FAM Methods While Breastfeeding - You have options in the postpartum period while your fertility is returning!

 

Resources For Learning About Fertility Cycles - Find books to read or websites to visit, find an instructor, post your chart online, and learn about how your diet affects your fertility.

 

Fertility Awareness Method - A quick-start guide to the Fertility Awareness, a version of the Sympto-Thermal Method taught by Toni Weschler in her book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

 

Common Abbreviations for Charting to Avoid/Fertility Awareness - BBT, EWCM, TCOYF, and more!  Learn what all these crazy acronyms mean here.


 

 Happy Charting Everyone!


Edited by dreamingtree - 7/19/12 at 2:24pm
post #2 of 31

i am still here and reading. i wish all my nfp knowledge about expecting af helped me to expect labor. lol. but it doesnt seem to be working. soon i get to start charting mucus again! and trying to figure out if my fertility is returning. i cant wait to start talking mucus with you ladies again. 

post #3 of 31

Thanks for the new thread!  Subbing!! 

post #4 of 31

Checking in.  Not much happening with me.  My fertility came back at this point last time, but no sign of it yet this time around....

post #5 of 31

NM here either!  Ha!  I'm debating temping this month since my sleep is so disrupted!  Idk.  Can't hurt to do it but I don't like the ttc mindframe it tends to put me in.  Does that happen to anyone else?  

 

I might just count days this month.  Not sure. 

post #6 of 31

Hi, just looking around to see if this is something I can do...! My first baby, Norah, just turned 6 months old and my period started today. I am NOT ready to have another baby, but I've also never done charting, so I'm freaking out. She's still exclusively breastfed and nurses through the night as well, so I don't understand why my period would be back so soon.

 

Can I even do this? Will my body start back up like clockwork, or will it take a few cycles to level out? And how do I temp when I'm up nursing all night?
 

post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by jesusfollower View Post

Hi, just looking around to see if this is something I can do...! My first baby, Norah, just turned 6 months old and my period started today. I am NOT ready to have another baby, but I've also never done charting, so I'm freaking out. She's still exclusively breastfed and nurses through the night as well, so I don't understand why my period would be back so soon.

 

Can I even do this? Will my body start back up like clockwork, or will it take a few cycles to level out? And how do I temp when I'm up nursing all night?
 

Welcome!  I would like to think that yes, indeed you can do this! thumb.gif  Lots of us on here are working through our PP cycles. 

 

I don't know why your cycle started up under those conditions.  Stress, lack of sleep, missing a few usual nursing sessions (especially those in the pre-dawn hours), all can make your cycles start back up.  If you've started solids, maybe it was just enough of a replacement for nursing to push your fertility over the edge. 

 

You should know that the first few cycles will most likely be wacky.  They might even be anovulatory, like your body is just "practicing."  Often your luteal stage will not be long enough to sustain a pregnancy even if you should conceive.

 

You may find that temping won't work for you, or that even with constant sleep disruptions you can still establish a pattern.  You might want to rely more on your other signs (mucus and/or cervix).

 

I would get some in depth resources about FAM/NFP asap.  Our resources on the thread are a good start.  You especially need one with a good PP guide.  I think many of us would also recommend taking a course, even better, one with a PP specialty.  Taking a class isn't as daunting as it might seem, and it can be the difference between success and failure.  Almost all classes can be taken in person or long-distance (via phone or internet), and almost all offer financial assistance if you need it.

 

And, of course, we will try to answer any and all questions you have!

post #8 of 31

I don't know if it's OK to recommend other forums here, but there is a good one for NFP that I know of.  It is Catholic, but they aren't pushy or judgemental like I have found on other faith-based forums, and anyone can join regardless of faith (or lack of).  There are several instructors from the different methods on there to answer questions.  If anyone is interested, PM me!

post #9 of 31

Hi Ladies! How is everyone doing??  I am back for a quick minute. I haven't been temping, but have been making a note of my CM. I was wondering if someone could take a look at my chart?

 

I did take one full month of BC pills after my D&C in April to get my cycle regular. However, I do not think it worked very well. Per my OB's advice to stop the intermittent spotting from the procedure and to get my cycle's back on track, I took a month of Ortho Novum, During that month, I started spotting in week 3 with regular flow for two days after I started the sugar pill and then back to spotting for two or three days. I decided not to use them again because of the mid cycle spotting. I have never experienced that before with NFP/FAM, so thought, why start now? I was all geared up to get my Mirena placed, but then had some insurance trouble. Fast Forward to today. My period is about 2 days late per my regular cycle average. However, I wasn't sure how to log when I started my period because of the spotting with the stupid pill. So, I put CD1 as June 8th which was day two of the sugar pill. I think I O'd around June 29th based on CM. Plus I have been sporadically taking my temp, My pre-O temp averages in the 97's with my post-O temp averaging in the 98's. My temp went over 98 around the 29th. I wanted to add I did take a HPT this morning BFN. Though I think I would only be 9-10dpo if I o'd, so it's kind of early to tell.

 

So I guess my question is does my O date look correct or does it it look like I O'd at all? Here is a link to my chart.  http://www.tcoyf.com/forum/chart.asp?id=buterflymomma

 

Thanks so much!

 

 

Update:  Wouldn't you know it? A few hours after I posted this, I started spotting and now am having light flow. Mystery solved...lol. My insurance is all fixed now, so will be making an appointment to have my Mirena placed next week.


Edited by buterflymomma - 7/9/12 at 8:28pm
post #10 of 31

Dreamingtree, thanks for starting this month's thread. Buterflymomma, I hope that Mirena works well for you. Welcome, Jesusfollower!

 

I haven't gotten back to temping or charting yet, but I'm checking in. I had a follow-up ultrasound and visit with my new oncologist today, and there was evidence of remaining tumor so I will need another surgery.  The hope is that it was just missed during the first surgery and isn't new growth. My right ovary and uterus still look fine so, unless the next surgery and pathology report reveal any surprises, I should get to keep them and have a shot at future fertility. Nonetheless, I'm feeling a bit betrayed by my reproductive system at the moment.

post #11 of 31

Can I join you ladies?  Just replaced my thermometer and will pick up my charting again tomorrow.

My name is Kristin.  I'm a 23 year old music student.  From the looks of the list in the first post, I'm not the only violinist here.  Awesome! wave.gif

post #12 of 31
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Can I join you ladies?  Just replaced my thermometer and will pick up my charting again tomorrow.

My name is Kristin.  I'm a 23 year old music student.  From the looks of the list in the first post, I'm not the only violinist here.  Awesome! wave.gif

of course!

I will add you to the list right now. If you have an online chart link you'd like to share, I'd be happy to add that as well. 

Welcome!!!!!!!

post #13 of 31
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Lionessmom - How are you doing ? Looks like from your signature you have someone new to tell us about? 

post #14 of 31
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Originally Posted by jesusfollower View Post

Hi, just looking around to see if this is something I can do...! My first baby, Norah, just turned 6 months old and my period started today. I am NOT ready to have another baby, but I've also never done charting, so I'm freaking out. She's still exclusively breastfed and nurses through the night as well, so I don't understand why my period would be back so soon.

 

Can I even do this? Will my body start back up like clockwork, or will it take a few cycles to level out? And how do I temp when I'm up nursing all night?
 

Of course you can start charting!  My period started back at six months on the button with each baby (4 so far) even though I never slept and exclusively breastfed.  I was actually tandem nursing my 9 month old and 2 1/2 year old and got pregnant with number 4......  some fertility is just that stubborn.  i didn't temp, but used cf and cp.  that didn't work so well.  so i then started using a cf only method that mt. gooseberry and others here recommended.  this worked very well for us.

 

It took a few cycles for mine to shorten and sync up.  by 12 months (if i made it that far) my cycles were regular, but not before.  

 

i'm missing the charting to avoid crew!  hence my lurking....

post #15 of 31

Hi Ladies,  wondering about on-line charting options.  I don't have a smart phone but would be happy to hear about any aps too.  My DH is really hoping to upgrade to smart phones soon...
 

post #16 of 31

dreaming--Oh, how silly f me!  Here you go!  Duh! ha ha  --> http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/6319b


vrclay--I use Fertility Friend both online AND on my phone.  I love it!


...wow.  My post looks like a commerical. hahaha

post #17 of 31
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Lionessmom - How are you doing ? Looks like from your signature you have someone new to tell us about? 

feeling good. had a baby boy july 6th! i am 12 days pp now. i am hoping lam works for me as long as it did last time. when the flow stops i am going to start charting my cm to keep an eye out for signs that it is returning. just bc it took a long time last time doesnt mean it will again. 

 

my new son was 9lb 6 oz and 21 3/4 in long. he has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. looks just like his daddy :) it was an easy birth for me. felt like a bad stomachache up until a few hours before birth. then it got intense and he was here quickly after that. by the time i called the midwife and she got here she only had about 20 min before he was crowning. no complications but he was trying to come out with his hand by his head. lol. she had to move that a little. 

 

i am taking placenta pills and they really seem to help. i am recovering fast. i just have to remember to take it easy. we are smitten with the new guy, esp his sisters. they keep trying to crawl all over him. 

post #18 of 31

congrats, lioness mom!!!! he sounds so amazing!  

 

rest well.

post #19 of 31

Congratulations, LionessMom!  That went fast, it seems like just yesterday you found out you were pg!  Glad you had a good birth experience.

 

I'm in the midst of what I think is an annovulatory mucus patch...other than that, nothing to report here. 

post #20 of 31

Congrats on your new baby joy.gif

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