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Each month when I get my period I count over 12 days to my expected date of ovulation. I am generally right on the money. It alternates each month between 12 days or 14 days. So DH avoid sex that whole week or use a condom. I don't chart or use temps or anything. I do know the ovulation signs and do know that it does happen.<br>
I have done this since getting my period back and it has been around a year and has worked successfully...am I just being lucky or is it this easy?<br><br>
I own Taking charge of your fertility but at the moment my upstairs neighbor is borrwing it.
 

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I think you're just lucky. If you have irregular cycles, or if your normally regular cycle randomly decides to be wonky, you could end up pregnant. Lately I've been really regular, every 30 days, but every once in a while I'll have a late ovulation by a week or two. If I were just counting, and not actively interpreting my fertility signals, it would be very likely I'd overshoot my fertile time. Knowing the fertility signals like ewcm can give you an advantage over just counting, so if you've been keeping those in mind you're not just using the rhythm method/standard days method.
 

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Yes I do know that. I don't use temp b/c my DS at 16 mos still wakes frequently and I remember reading that you need to sleep ..I think it was 5 hours for getting a proper temp reading.
 

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Not necessarily, it depends on YOUR body. My two-year-old DS sometimes wakes me up at 3:00 or 3:30, then I fall asleep again and take my temp at 5:30. My charts have clearly shown ovulation, in combination with CF and CP checking (which are really much easier than they sound). I have found that as long as I take it between 4:00 and 5:30, the consecutive hours of sleep I've gotten beforehand does not matter.<br><br>
I should add that DS cosleeps so I don't have to actually get out of bed to take care of him, which probably would affect my temps.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think you're just lucky. If you have irregular cycles, or if your normally regular cycle randomly decides to be wonky, you could end up pregnant. Lately I've been really regular, every 30 days, but every once in a while I'll have a late ovulation by a week or two. If I were just counting, and not actively interpreting my fertility signals, it would be very likely I'd overshoot my fertile time. Knowing the fertility signals like ewcm can give you an advantage over just counting, so if you've been keeping those in mind you're not just using the rhythm method/standard days method.</div>
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For the most part I agree. You're probably more than just lucky because if you're regular then it's going to work for you more often than not. Unfortunately even the most regular of us can get stressed out and be irregular (my birthdaughter came from just such an occurance). On the other hand I don't know what actually temping would do to help that since the temp would only rise after o. I mean I guess if you were temping you'd keep using condoms until your temp did rise...<br><br>
BTW it's three hours of consecutive sleep but like a PP when I was cosleeping and nightnursing I found I could still see a very clear thermal shift as long as I temped before I actually got out of bed for the day.
 
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