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#1 of 12 Old 03-04-2008, 06:42 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am thinking of doing this with my 14 yo dd to get a handle on her cycles - anyone ever do this? We have this book

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9...vvy/index.aspx
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Well, I'm charting just to track things right now, but I'm eventually planning to use it to avoid and/or to get pregnant...
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i do and i think it would be so great to teach your 14yo! i wish someone would have taught me how to track my cycle when i was young...

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That´s a great idea - though I´d be sure to emphasise that it wasn´t reliable contraception. Can you get her a moon calender too?
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I sort of do right now - I take my temperature around ovulation time to pinpoint when it occurs so I know approx. when to expect my period (my cycles can vary), and then I start taking it again a few days before it is due so when I get the temperature drop I am prepared that day!
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I think it's a great idea. I figured out that my health problems were more systemic than I had realized by charting--hormones clearly out of whack, luteal phase off, stuff like that. And as I do stuff to get better (working with a HCP for that, since it's a bit involved), I can see slow improvement as I chart each month. I think learning to see what's normal for your own body when you're young is a great thing. And it's also a good step in internalizing that doctors aren't there to cure all our ills--they're a resource, but nobody is more of an expert in our own health than we are. I'm planning to use TCOYF (or whatever the most recent edition/version is in a decade) with my kids so that they learn everything that it took me until almost age 30 to figure out.
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I definitely agree! How awesome that you are doing that. I also wish my mother had helped me to learn more about my body and to be in tune with my body's cycles and rhythms. I odn't know about that book, but that author is great, I have Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and I am starting to track my cycles, but not to get pregnant, just to be more aware of my body. Go for it!
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There are actually a large groups of us that chart to avoid pregnancy (over int he family planning forum), if you have any questions or anything.

I like cycle savvy because it answers a lot of common questions girls/women have about their cycle, with out being really "data heavy" like TCOYF is.
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I charted to prepare to TTC. I was getting ready for pregnancy but I learned so much about my body that I will be going back to charting when my period returns after this baby! It was such a great tool for knowing how I was doing. I have PCOS so my cycles are a pretty good indicator of how well my regimen is controlling my hormones, etc.
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I don't bother with charting or temperature personally, but I do always keep track of my cycles just by paying attention to my body's signals. I think it's knowledge that every woman should have about how her body work, and it's a wonderful gift you're giving to your daughter!
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There are actually a large groups of us that chart to avoid pregnancy (over int he family planning forum), if you have any questions or anything.is.
Good to know - I've never been in that forum. Thanks!
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I practiced charting before I was married to prepare.

I think charting to track things would help your daughter get more in tune with her body and give her a better understanding of herself and her cycle.
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