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I was looking for opinions on which one you prefer to use and why? I just started charting and am not sure which one to go with. Paper charting is not for me.
 

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I use FF and it is fine. I have an ancient version of ovusoft (and couldn't upgrade because I got a Mac). I like that FF is online and not just on my computer because I can chart/obsess anywhere!
 

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which NFP method do fertility friend and ovusoft use? I use the Creighton Model so I don't do any of the temperature mumbo-jumbo... Does that matter with those?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">which NFP method do fertility friend and ovusoft use? I use the Creighton Model so I don't do any of the temperature mumbo-jumbo... Does that matter with those?</div>
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I think both really use FAM over NFP if you know what I mean. I'm not hugely familiar with fertility friend and I tried both when I first began charting and really was more impressed with ovusoft. However I know with ovusoft you can set it up where it only charts certain things. Or where it puts more emphasis on mucous/signs/etc. than temps. Ovusoft does have the ability to chart your cycles without using temps.
 

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Ovusoft. But I prefer to paper chart. Ovusoft has gotten several cycles wrong in the last year I've been using it. (Been paper charting for 10 years.) I really recommend learning to chart by hand before going to software.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok... but what is FAM? fertility awareness? isn't that basically the same thing as NFP?</div>
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FAM is where you use a barrier method or back-up method during your fertile time. NFP is where you abstain during your fertile time. Or that's my understanding of it anyways! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I chart with Ovusoft and like the detail and accuracy. I charted by hand for about 3 years before I started using it though and I highly recommend doing it yourself when you are starting out. It really makes YOU decide for yourself whether you are fertile, no one's telling you, and I think that is a needed foundation if you are serious about FAM/NFP. It's all about taking responsibility for your fertility, IMHO, and basing your sex life off of what a computer program tells you to do doesn't feel right. I always tell people I'm merely recording my observations on the computer... I'M deciding when I'm fertile or not. And often I disagree with ovusoft and will dtd earlier/later than it says is safe or will hold off longer.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> Just my take on it.
 

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I really like FF it is simple to the point and has everything I chart on it. For some reason looking at ovusoft makes me feel cross eyed. It is just way too busy looking for me. I paper charted between kids for 9 years ( grand total of 3 years charting with pg and nursing).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I charted by hand for about 3 years before I started using it though and I highly recommend doing it yourself when you are starting out. It really makes YOU decide for yourself whether you are fertile, no one's telling you, and I think that is a needed foundation if you are serious about FAM/NFP. It's all about taking responsibility for your fertility, IMHO, and basing your sex life off of what a computer program tells you to do doesn't feel right. I always tell people I'm merely recording my observations on the computer... I'M deciding when I'm fertile or not. And often I disagree with ovusoft and will dtd earlier/later than it says is safe or will hold off longer.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> Just my take on it.</div>
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ITA with you!!! Well put!
 

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I use Ovusoft and I recommend it highly. It makes things very easy for me. The Ovusoft forums are super supportive. You can upload your chart online. It's great software.<br><br>
But I also feel it's important to understand NFP/FAM rules as well. Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility and really understand it. Because a computer is a computer, no matter what software and sometimes it analyzes and interprets living human beings wrong.<br><br>
I started working really hard on my nutrition because my luteal phases were very short and they lengthened by 3-4 days (yay!) and I began to ovulate a little earlier. But my cycles stayed the same lengths as before. It took Ovusoft a few months to catch on that I was ovulating earlier and for those few months it didn't want to flag me as "fertile" as early as it should. But I knew that the fluid I was having was fertile fluid so I manually adjusted. It's easy to do this with Ovusoft and that's another reason I really like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
So hopefully I didn't confuse you lol. I really like the software but I think it and <b>all</b> software have some limitations and it's good to know how to interpret your own chart. Does that make sense <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I like it so much I'm writing a review of it for my website ^.^
 

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ovusoft...I got pregnant in my may cycle and ff gave me an o date of 5/28 and ovusoft gave me an o date of 6/2.<br><br>
I put my previous ff temps into my ovusoft program and several had different dates as well.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">which NFP method do fertility friend and ovusoft use? I use the Creighton Model so I don't do any of the temperature mumbo-jumbo... Does that matter with those?</div>
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the temperature mumbo jumbo is what alerted me to the fact that I messed up. my mucous showed ovulation occured. perfect timing too...except that my temperature didn't spike and when it did it was too late. to be honest I don't think I will EVER chart again without temping. might be just me though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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