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April 27th, 2013, 09:04 PM
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Hi all. I'm new to this section. I removed my Mirena and I've had it with hormonal bc. So I'm going to be charting as a form of bc. I had done it a very simple way by just counting my days between periods. It worked well but I ended up conceiving after 6 months. (I didn't take into account long lived swimmers.) so now I know to give it a few more days but I also want to be more accurate. I will be charting my temp as well this time.

My question is: How do you use temp as a form of bc? How do you predict when your temp will spike? When do I take my temp? First thing in the morning? Does it have to be at the same time every day (i.e, at 6 am every day)? Or can it just be whenever I wake up?

I really need to do this right this time. I'm not ready for another baby right now. My 14 month old is a handful enough! lol Any tips would be wonderful.

Oh! and since I never really had a normal cycle on mirena, do I start charting when I get my next af?

Thanks all!
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April 29th, 2013, 11:46 AM
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First off welcome, and welcome to NFP/FAM in general!

My question is: How do you use temp as a form of bc? You don't. The only way to use temp as a form of bc is if you abstain/use condoms for the entire period until 3 days past the temp change.

How do you predict when your temp will spike? You can't. There are a lot of methods of NFP/FAM, but temperature is only part of a method, some (the one I use) don't use temp at all.
When do I take my temp? First thing in the morning? Does it have to be at the same time every day (i.e, at 6 am every day)? Or can it just be whenever I wake up? It should be at the same time every morning. A lot of women set an alarm for just temp taking, and then they go back to sleep on days they can. It has to be after a certain amount of uninterrupted sleep as well.

I would start charting now. I would also look into the different NFP/FAM methods, get a book or an instructor, etc.
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May 4th, 2013, 08:15 PM
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CM is a better indicator for fertility. Learning your fertile CM will let you know when to avoid or use back up. After a temp spike and CM dry up, you are infertile. No unprotected sex while bleeding/spotting either as it can mask fertile CM. Any and all spotting should be considered fertile. A good book to read is Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Fertility Friend is not a good charting software to avoid pregnancy as it changes its mind frequently on O and also advises against use for preventing pregnancy.
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