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September 11th, 2011, 12:18 PM
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About two and a half weeks ago I began charting after going off the BCP. We are not necessary trying to have a baby right now, so I guess we are in the NTNP stage but I want to learn more about my cycle. I've been trying to use the BBT method, but it seems like my numbers are kind of crazy still. I thought maybe I ovulated since my temp when up a degree for a couple of days, now today it is back down again, but I haven't gotten my period. Because I am just coming off the pill, I really wasn't expecting to ovulate right away anyway. Should I be concerned that my temp seems to be weird? Or does this typically happen the first few cycles after going off the pill? Would love some insight!

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September 11th, 2011, 01:27 PM
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It's really normal to experience some irregularity after discontinuing the BCP. You can ovulate right away, or it can take some time. Everybody is very different. If you're uncertain about your temps, you can get extra confirmation of ovulation by tracking your cervical mucus. When ovulation is successful, the mucus will go through 3 very specific stages. If it doesn't go through those stages, then you know that ovulation was not successful at the time. If your body tries to ovulate and quits, it can try again later.

I am a charting instructor in real life and I've worked with many clients as they discontinued birth control. It's very common to have a few very normal looking cycles right after stopping BCP, then things get irregular for awhile before normalizing again. I see this sort of pattern a lot! So don't be surprised if it happens.

Just take it one day at a time. Your cervical mucus can tell you whether you are fertile or infertile on any given day. Your temps will only tell you when ovulation has occurred, after it happens.
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September 11th, 2011, 02:21 PM
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Thanks so much for your response! It is good to have some reassurance. I think I'll continue to track temp and the CM for the next couple months and see how it goes. Hopefully it improves or regulates soon! Thanks again
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September 11th, 2011, 08:11 PM
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