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My SIL learned NFP before she got married, which was last October. She just confided in me that they have been TTCing for three months, AND she told me her cycles are a bit wacky. Her temps are apparently all over the board, which could mean she's not ovulating, right? She learned the sympto thermal method through CCL. I don't want to pry too much... but I was thinking I could pass along some resources to her. Does anyone have any recommendations? I was thinking the Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition book by Marilyn Shannon? I read this awhile ago, but I don't remember anything about it.
No, wacky temps don't really mean she isn't ovulating - but it's tough to say for sure without actually seeing her charts. If by wacky you mean she isn't having thermal shifts, that could be it. If they are just erratic and difficult to interpret, they might just be erratic and difficult to interpret. Really bouncy temps can also be a sign that a woman's prolactin levels are too high (a hormonal disorder easily dealt with) - and this can impact fertility until hormone levels are returned to normal.
First of all, it might be good to remind her that couples with healthy fertility take an average of 6-12 months to conceive - so 3 months of TTC without pregnancy is not a sign that anything is wrong. It's just incredibly frustrating. But for reccomendations I would definitely reccomend Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition. She might also want to have her instructor look over her charts to see if there is anything they can improve upon to increase their chances. Some couples do funny things to get pregnant and some of those things can actually decrease the chances! I'm not saying your SIL and brother are like that, but a little meeting with their instructor might help. The instructor will also know some of the clues to look for when charting reveals a medical problem. Your SIL may not know what different charting abnormalities can mean (like the prolactin issue I mentioned).
Taking Charge of your Fertility- by Toni Weschler, MPH
I started charting to avoid pregnancy 2.5 years ago. I consider that book to be a bible of sorts. I know my body well and feel good about TTC. There is stuff in that book I think they should teach to everyone during sex ed. I could never look back