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Poster:carriede
Date:2012-01-10 19:28
Subject:Postpartum Charting
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So, my NFP book is buried in a box somewhere so I figured I'd ask my question to you all.

I am EBF my 14 week old daughter. I remember reading that, when breastfeeding, there is a significant delay in fertility to the point of not needing to chart right away. So, when AM I supposed to start charting again?

FWIW, we practice the symptothermal method as taught by the Couple to Couple League.

TIA!

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Poster:lady1297
Date:2011-01-31 07:38
Subject:Can someone look at my chart??
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DH and I are desperate to not have more kids at the moment, but we really want to have relations sometime soon! Lol! Can someone tell me why I had eggwhite seriously fertile quality cervical mucous after the program said I ovulated? Like days after? I'm scared to have sex with my husband, but we really need that right now, but we don't want to get me pregnant. Help!

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Poster:carriede
Date:2010-12-29 11:25
Subject:Just Curious
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If you don’t mind sharing, what reasons do you all give for actively avoiding pregnancy?

Our first is now 18 months old. My fertility is just now coming back (still breastfeeding A LOT!), so we’re approaching the baby issue again. Right now we’re choosing to avoid, mostly because my 18 mo still keeps me up at night so I average about 6.5 hours of sleep a night. It’s enough to get by, but I cannot fathom adding a newborn to that. So we’re going to work on my son’s sleep first, then maybe not actively avoid pregnancy.

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Poster:disturbedme
Date:2010-11-02 13:40
Subject:Period started 9 DPO when it usually is 13 - 14 DPO? What does it mean?
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Hey all.

I'm just a little confused as to what my cycle is doing.

I usually don't have my period until 13 or 14 days past ovulation. I have charted my cycles for almost 5 years. Sometimes it has varied, and my period came early at 10 or 12 days past ovulation but that hasn't happened for a long time and I wasn't having my period until 13 or 14 days past ovulation for quite a long time. Then, all of a sudden, this month, I start spotting on the 7th DPO with some cramping. I was really confused. Then I spotted again the next day and had some cramping again. And then today, my temp was all the way back down to 97.2 and so I expect my period is starting as there is more blood now than just spotting, though on my chart I just labeled it as spotting still for now. I will change that later.

What could this mean? Is it a hormonal problem or what else could it mean?

Here is my chart, Cycle 53: http://www.tcoyf.com/forum/chart.asp?id=disturbedme

Thanks!

Cross-posted to FAM.

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Poster:teacentral
Date:2010-07-26 18:04
Subject:Ovulation tester
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Has anybody here used Baby Time (a saliva ovulation tester)?  (http://www.baby-time.ca)  What was your experience with it like?  Would you recommend it?  Does it actually work?

Thank you!

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Poster:mahogany
Date:2010-06-04 12:38
Subject:Any Creighton Pracitioners here?
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Hello,

I am seriously considering becoming a Creighton practitioner, but before I make this huge life change, and financial commitment, I wanted to learn about the experiences of someone who has actually been through the program, and who is currently teaching the method.

Please feel free to message me privately, if you'd prefer not to do it in this community.

Thank you so much!

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Poster:teacentral
Date:2010-01-03 07:23
Subject:Exercise
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On TCOYF charts exercise is listed as one of the things to chart.  Why?  What impact does exercise have on fertility/pregnancy/menstrual cycles?  Obviously, it is beneficial for all of the above if kept in moderation, but what is its immediate importance that makes it one of the variables on the chart?

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Poster:blenderx
Date:2009-12-01 20:07
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I keep reading that fertile mucus is stretchy and, while I get all the other signs of approaching ovulation (cervical changes, increase in mucus, etc. I even get a positive LH strip test), my mucus is never in the least stretchy, just very watery at peak. Is this abnormal?

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Poster:blenderx
Date:2009-09-29 12:43
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What is the latest day in Phase 1 'available' to you? (whether you're following the shortest day rule or are just being extra careful)

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Poster:misskissy
Date:2009-09-08 18:20
Subject:Trying to conceive
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Hello, nfp!

I have been lurking here for about a month or so and this is my first entry. I have been doing NFP since February of this year. I took the at home course because classes did not fit into my scheduling. I will admit that I was inconsistent with my charting. There were several days where I wouldn't take my temperature, and also days where I wouldn't chart at all.

My husband and I did not intend to start trying to have children anytime soon, thinking we would try in the next 3 or 4 years. We just celebrated our one year anniversary on Sunday so we were in no rush. Due to my improper NFP charting, I ended up getting pregnant at the beginning of August. Although we were not planning on having children yet, we were both overjoyed and excited to start our family. Unfortunately I ended up miscarrying just 2 or 3 days later. The sorrow we both experienced told us that we were in fact ready to start our family. My gynecologist advised to wait at least one cycle before we start trying to conceive, and today is the first day of my second cycle. I cannot describe how excited I am to start trying this month!

My history and some questionsCollapse )

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Poster:teacentral
Date:2009-08-03 05:05
Subject:Inconsistent Luteal Phase
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Is anybody else experiencing inconsistent luteal phases?

I was under the impression that the luteal phase was very consistent, and it was just the pre-ovulatory phase that varied greatly...  This is my third cycle charting, and my luteal phase was 15 days for cycle #1, and 16 for cycle #2.  Now, in cycle #3, I'm on day 13 of LP, and my temperature has dropped to my regular pre-menstrual/pre-o level.  I was wondering if it may be due to broken sleep last night, but usually if that happens, my temps tend to be higher, not lower.  And I was quite moody and crampy yesterday.  I also wonder if stress may have any impact on the length of LP.  My pre-o stage was longer this time around, and I know it was due to stress. 

Any thoughts?

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Poster:ariellejuliana
Date:2009-05-07 16:41
Subject:Postpartum
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I am currently pregnant with our first baby, and only charted for four months before conceiving this baby (which was less than three months after the wedding). But I'm very glad I charted when I did, as I have wonky cycles and it gave me a reliable due date.

My cousin is on her third baby in three years. She has never known her due date and had to rely only on ultrasounds (which I don't trust AT ALL - the ultrasound for this first baby was two weeks off). Part of the reason is that she gave up on temping because once she had one baby, her sleep schedule made her temps inaccurate - she rarely had a specific time, or even a reasonable time range, where she had slept for several hours straight and woke up to temp. When waking up with the babies all night, it's not like she could regularly take her temp at 7 am, after several hours of uninterrupted sleep. Add to this the unpredictable mucus patterns of breastfeeding, and I'm not sure how you COULD reliably know when you've ovulated.

So I'm wondering how it's worked out for all of you. Whether trying to space babies or just trying to know when you conceived, have you been able to chart a discernable temperature spike while still getting up with babies during the night?

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Poster:teacentral
Date:2009-04-29 05:16
Subject:New Thermometre
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So...  When I purchase my brand new BBT digital thermometre, do I just put it in my mouth, or do I clean/disinfect it in any special way?  What do you recomment: regular hand soap, antibacterial soap, just water, alcohol swabs?

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Poster:teacentral
Date:2009-04-28 19:34
Subject:More beginner questions!
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Many, many thanks to all who have responded to my post yesterday.  You have answered all my questions, and I have two more:

1.  Where can I get or how can I create my charts?  I have downloaded a free 15 days trial of TCOYF software, and I love it, but I really don't want to pay $40 for the software.  I've already paid close to that for the book, and it came with a CD.  I had assumed the software would be on the cd, but again it's only the free trial.  I've visited the fertility friend website and registered, but -yes, I know I'm hopeless- I can't figure out how to create a chart there.  Can anybody help?  If that matters, I will not be able to chart on the computer daily, and so I need printable charts, so I can work on paper.  Also, if that matters, I will be ttc as of August (I'm not currently sexually active, and I won't be till my wedding in August, but I really want to have the method mastered by then, and it is important for us to conceive a.s.a.p.)

2.  Is anybody charting their temperature in Celcius?  Do you have any specific recommendations regarding that?  EDIT: What I mean by this is, if I'm charting in Celcius, do I still look at the first number after the decimal point or should I be looking at two?  (As in 36.6 vs. 36.66)  I'm wondering about this because I think (and I may be wrong...) that the Celcius units are larger.

Thank you!

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Poster:teacentral
Date:2009-04-27 16:59
Subject:Beginner Questions; x-posted to fam
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I am planning to start charting at the beginning of my next cycle (which should be within the next week or so), and I have a few very basis (and maybe somewhat ignorant...) questions:

1.  I would like to use a digital thermometer.  Does it matter what kind it is as long as it's digital?  I know if I was using a glass one, it would need to be specifically body basal, but with the digital one it wouldn't matter, would it?

2.  Should the thermometer be washed/sterilized in any particular way before placing it in my mouth?  The digital thermometre I own is one that I have inherited from my family (meaning it was at home when I still lived with my parents and brother) and it was shared by everybody, likely also when people were sick.  I have never taken my temperature in any other way than under the armpit, so I wasn't too concerned about germs, but if I'm placing it in my mouth, it might be another story.

3.  Since I have only temped under my armpit so far, HOW exactly would I place the thermometer in my mouth.  I know it goes under my tongue, but how deep?  Is there anything in particular I need to keep in mind?  And while I'm at it, how would I place it in my vagina, if needed?

4. The few-seconds, in-ear thermomether wouldn't work for the charting purposes, would it?

5.  I know that when checking  your cervix, the nails should be trimmed, but does nail polish present any danger?

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Poster:astraevirgo
Date:2009-01-31 00:40
Subject:Spiritual Benefits of Abstinence
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A lot of people post here talking exclusively about their marriage preparations in terms of their charting. I suppose in a way I'm a member of that group, I'm getting married on June 20.

I know I should feel ashamed of this, or perhaps at least remorseful, but my fiance and I have engaged in premarital sex, or to use the technical term in the catechism, fornication. I struggle with this aspect of faith and proper conduct chastity, because we are each other's first, and the step wasn't taken lightly, and it didn't happen until we were sure we were committed to each other. I know that this doesn't excuse the action, nor the immorality, but I've come seeking advice.

We've decided on abstinence for the next five months until our wedding. And I was seeking advice on ... making this a spiritual experience. On finding alternative methods of affection. On building our relationship. My understanding of NFP is that the periodic abstinences required in TTA conception allows these areas of marital relationships to grow, so I was hoping to get some wisdom from more experienced users.

If there is a better forum for this kind of discussion, perhaps in the network of Catholic LJ communities that I've yet to venture into, I'd be happy to look for guidance there. I just was hoping for some acceptance and guidance; I doubt, I struggle with doubt, and I recognize this tendency in me. Everyone here seems so... comfortable in their faith and actions.

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Poster:jus_de_fruit
Date:2009-01-06 12:08
Subject:Newbie
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I'm new to the community, so i'm sorry if i ask anything that seems really dumb.
Recently got engaged, and getting married in September. We would like to learn about NFP before we get married just so we know what we are doing when we get there.
Apparently my diocese used to offer NFP classes, but the organisation that was doing them, doesn't do them anymore. They told me to try the Diocesan office. I tried them and got details for a person, but the phone number they gave me goes to a fax machine and the email address bounces back to me.
I have Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome. Would this affect any aspect of NFP? I've been told that it still works even if you are irregular.
Right now i'm a little panicked that i won't find anyone to teach me about this, but i'm sure it will all work out. I might go down to the book shop and buy a book or something to start me off.

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Poster:ex_itsajeni
Date:2008-12-15 21:19
Subject:
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What type of thermometer do you use for charting your BBT?

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Poster:disturbedme
Date:2008-11-21 10:54
Subject:When did I ovulate? Your thoughts/guesses?
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Though I am pretty sure I did ovulate, just not sure when exactly. It's my fault, I didn't take my temperature for two days in a row because even when the alarm went off, I kind of just turned it off and rolled back over forgetting all about taking my temp.

My charts are here, cycle 30.

Yesterday, I also forgot to take my temp, but remembered after I had gotten up to pee and walked from bedroom to living room and then back to bedroom again. That's when I took it and it said 97.8, but since it was a disturbance and I took my temp at 6:30 instead of 5:30 TCOYF software changed it to 97.6. So not sure what that means. If I had ovulated a day or two prior, wouldn't my temp be higher than just 97.8, espeically since I had gotten up to walk around and pee?

I'm thinking I ovulated probably one of those days where I forgot to take my temp. I know I still need to wait for a few more days of rise, but I am pretty positive I ovulated, just not sure WHEN exactly.

Your thoughts?

Thanks!

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Poster:tanechigai
Date:2008-11-20 10:11
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Mood: curious

Hello,

I had a tonsilectomy last week, and during the recovery period I haven't bothered to take my morning temps because I've had a fever and until last night I haven't been able to sleep for more than an hour or two at a time.

I can tell from my mucous that I'm definitely several days into phase II, and I'm going to resume morning temps tomorrow. But I think I won't have enough data to determine when my temperature has shifted so I'll have to rely on when I've dried up.

Does anyone know what the Billings Method, some similar system's guidelines are for figuring out when I've entered phase III?

Thanks in advance!

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