Charting: What do I need to know?

FI and I aren't exactly ready to TTC yet, but I'm thinking maybe in a few months.  So here's my deal, I'm not sure if it will even matter, but I have a few questions about charting.


1) Can I start charting while I'm still on the pill?
2) When is the best time to start?
3) According to the chart when is the best time to conceive?


Any other tidbits/successes/advice....


TIA

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 8:36 am
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I DO mean DH, lol - So used to typing FI on this site

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 8:41 am
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I don't know if you can get a good idea charting while still on the pill. The pill regulates you chemically so when you go off of it your natural hormones could change the whole thing. I know my cycle is TOTALLY different now that I'm off the pill.


Right now I'm just using the basic online ovulation calculator. You put in your period info and it tells you the best days to conceive for the upcoming months. It seems the easiest. If that doesn't work for us after a while I will start the more intense charting...

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 8:58 am
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yes, i think charting is pretty useless while on the pill....

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 10:49 am
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I would probably start charting the month or two before you get off the pill, just so you get the hang of it (not that it's that hard, but you do have to be consistent).  It will be pretty useless though.


You will be most fertile when you have EWCM (egg white cervical mucus).  You usually have EWCM in the days prior to ovulation.  After you ovulate (you will see a temperature shift on your chart) you aren't fertile any more.  If you haven't read TCOYF (Taking Charge of Your Fertility) I recommend it.  It's very informative.


The online calculator thing seems the easiest, but how does it know when you are ovulating?  Is it based on the assumption that you are ovulating on day 14?

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 11:24 am

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