AHA!

**Sorry this is long, I'm thinking out loud and want to see if anybody else has felt like this?**


Goodness gracious - can I just say that I TOTALLY love getting a handle on my cycle?  I'm so used to just blindly accepting when AF would come, etc. . .it's really nice to have it predicted.


So, after a few months of not getting along with FF I found www.myfertilitycharts.com and it's SO much easier to use.  Currently, I'm using it as a 'preventative' measure and not for TTC simply because we are waiting for my new health insurance to kick in (January 1st baby!) and get a few more 'newlywed' trips out of the way.  


I've thought for AGES that ovulation was two weeks (ish) after the END of your AF, not the beginning and *almost* slipped up this weekend with DH thinking that I wasn't fertile at all based on that assumption.  We are umm. . .out of raincoats. . .and I figured 'eh, I'm not fertile, let's just go without and it shouldn't be a problem.'  


Well, this morning I woke up to a (TMI!) heavy dose of ECWM and thought 'WTF? ? ?' it's WAY too early for this.


Plugged it into the chart and no. . .it's RIGHT on schedule with what the chart predicted for me.  It's like, the doors have been opened. . .I totally get it now! ! !  And gosh, no WONDER I was in a wierd/off mood yesterday - super emotional and everything.  It explains my mood, ovulation cramps, my skin texture. . .EVERYTHING and before I was so confused.  


Not only that, but I've spent just as many years thinking that all that ECWM and the later hard low cervix I felt meant that there was something seriously wrong with me (no kidding) to the point where I didn't want to ask a doctor thinking they would tell me something awful.  But no, it's NORMAL, OMG!  Anybody else experience that?  I mean, nobody EVER told me those things are RIGHT!  


Sorry, just had to share my excitement here. . .how cool it is to know what's going on with my body.  


DH and I aren't actively TTC yet but it's on the horizon. . .very close, and I like knowing what's going on going into it.  We've been talking a LOT about children, I'm almost 29 and we both agree we are wanting to do this before I hit 30.  He's hinting about it a lot more now so I hope you gals don't mind me hanging out here.  


Cheers to knowing WTF is going on down there, lol!  

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 6:26 am
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Couldn't agree more!! It feels very...ummm...liberating (not sure of another word to use) to have a handle on what my body is doing. I've only been charting for a couple weeks and already there is so much that makes more sense now.


I also feel 100% more comfortable with my body...which is not only great for me but for DH too. Since I know more about what's going in and coming out it's easier to feel more comfortable DTD and other things...kwim? (TMI I know).

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 6:49 am
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Girl, Im all with you! After not having any period for 3 years at all, and being on BC for way too long, I dont even know how a regular period feels, what my cycle is, what the "signs" are and all that jazz.


FI & I are also more in the preventing stage then active TTCing, and I do wanna get to know my cycle well before we will turn into TTC. Its good to know that we're on the same level :)


I just signed up to FF.com and it's a black huge dot for me, so much lingo I dont understand. The website you mention is easy to use too? I might have a look over there too. Thanks for posting this, makes me feel comfy to know Im not the only one on TTC thats not officially TTCing (although I still feel really welcome here :))

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 6:53 am
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TMI whatever Lucky!  ;)


You're so right - today was like, major revelation for me - liberating is a good word to use.  I like knowing what's going on for once, instead of being in the dark about it.  


 

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 6:55 am
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ladyY - yes, try that other website - it's SO much easier to figure out.  I used FF for about a month and just found it annoying and frustrating.  Plus, myfertilitycharts.com is totally free. . .and I spent about an hour futzing with all the buttons and wah-lah, it makes perfect sense.

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 6:57 am
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Thanks so much Mountain! I totally just signed up! I am making an appointment with my OBGYN to talk about fertility because we are going to TTC after our May 1 wedding!

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 7:35 am
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I know what you mean.  i've been seeing my doctor for left lower abdominal pain and did a few ultrasounds.  She blamed it on my fibroids although the large ones I have are on the right side.


Now I get it! It was just ovulation pain!  How the hell did my doctor not think of that?  For the longest time I thought I had a tumor and was dying or something!

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 8:45 am
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OMG Yelp Puppy! ! !


See, everybody simply tells us growing up 'oh, you bleed once a month and it hurts.  Anything else might be a problem, see your doctor' and they NEVER say 'well, ovulation feels like this, and the mucus is good as long as it doesn't smell funny. . .etc.' so how many of us thought there was something wrong with us when really we're perfectly healthy.


To think your doctor, yelp, didn't think of that either because it's apparently 'common' knowledge so she was digging too deep for the answer.

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 9:02 am
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oh I know just what you mean and i feel the exact same way!I love how much I've learned about my body and how much better I understand it since TTC. I wish I'd found those online charts years ago


I also use myfertilitycharts.com...not as much as FF but it's nice for a cross reference and it's free to I figured why not

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 10:25 am
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I like MyMonthlyCycles.com

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 10:55 am
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i know what you mean!  im not 100% regular yet ( i will find out thismonth) so its so nice to be able to see the chnages that happen with our bodies as they become more fertile add when they chnage to get ready for AF.  amd great news you are definitely normal!!!

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 11:40 am

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