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So DH and I follow the sympto-thermal method, but in December things got crazy with the holidays and me quitting my job, so we weren't really recording anything on our chart. Still taking my temperature and making CM observations, but not actually writing anything down. My temps usually stay very, very close to each other, and I get a pretty obvious thermal shift to crosscheck with CM so it's easy to slack off on writing everything down.
Well, the past few weeks AF seemed way overdue, but since I hadn't been writing anything down I couldn't remember the exact day my cycle started or the exact day of my thermal shift! I tried piecing things together on the calendar with what I could remember going on at the time, but I still couldn't be completely sure. So AF is late, and of course I take pregnancy test after pregnancy test, and they all show up negative. She FINALLY showed up today. I would've been happy if I was pregnant, but since we weren't trying, I'm only a little disappointed that I'm not. What drove me INSANE was not knowing exactly where I was in my cycle!! How do people that don't chart do it? I've gotten so used to knowing my fertility that one month of craziness threw me off. Not to mention the waste of $$ on pregnancy tests. Ugh.
So I guess all the stress made me ovulate late... which I would've known had I been charting! So here's to never slacking off on charting again... I hope lol.
Jessica ~ Mommy to Genevieve ~ Expecting #2 October 5th!
Well if you're wondering how people who don't chart do it....you probably have a better idea now why those people tend to have a more difficult time making NFP work for them. The Creighton Model uses the terms "achieving related behavior" and "avoiding related behavior." Not charting is considered "achieving related behavior." LOL
If I hadn't been charting, I would have thought AF was 8 days "late" last cycle (my first PP cycle). Since I was charting, I knew that I didn't even O until CD27, so when CD30 (my usual cycle length) came, I didn't even remotely think anything was up, b/c I knew AF wouldn't show for awhile. I don't know how people who don't chart do it either..even though I used to be one of those people!
I think if you do it for a long period of time, it's easier to know where you are, but if you're just starting out and really learning your cycles, then it's a very nervous time.
I'm glad that you finally started so you know where you are.
I know I've been really lazy this cycle for some reason, mostly because my sleep habits have been thrown out the window - either with my husband snoring, or my son waking me up because he needs his light on - LOL. But, I've been paying attention mostly to my CM. And I think that's what most people look at when they don't chart. They know the CM basics and that's what they go on. Your CM tells you a lot for sure.
But it's only worth doing that when you really know your body and you know how it reacts to stressful situations - at least for me anway. LOL