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Okay my period just ended today ... how do I start my charting since I'm still not on my Metformin so I'm not sure about how my periods are going to work ( I have an appointment with my doctor next week where I'll get my prescription ) .. Do I just start charting as if I'm going to be regular next month or do I wait and listen to my body?
Yup, once you've picked the type of charting you are going to do - you can just follow the directions of that system and start! You don't need regular cycles to do it. It's all about reading the signs your body gives you day by day with no assumptions or predictions about when you will be fertile or infertile. You judge fertility day by day, as it happens.
Last edited by ShawnaCAN; September 22nd, 2009 at 09:52 PM.
Yep, I think that has got to be one of the most misunderstood things is that people think they need to be able to predict something from their past cycles, when really every cycle is a completely new thing, your past cycles just sort of help you learn what is normal for you, not when something should happen, but rather how your body normally acts when you are fertile and when you aren't.
Thanks ladies! Maybe that's how I messed up last time .. I was assuming things were going to be the same exact days as the past and instead of listening to my body I listened to my obviously wrong chart .. Wow ... I have a lot to learn ..
Thanks ladies! Maybe that's how I messed up last time .. I was assuming things were going to be the same exact days as the past!
Very possible, since the time of fertility can change from cycle to cycle. That's called the Rhythm or Calender Method (calculating the fertile time based on cycle length or past cycles). It's not as reliable as more modern forms of NFP.