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Is there a reason to continue charting after you have determined peak? I have really slacked off in the past couple of days because I know that I ovulated a week and a half ago. Does it matter what I observe between now and the beginning of the next cycle?
Rosalie, Mommy to Anna (05/06) and Thomas (10/08)
There are no stupid questions! Yes, it's important to keep charting for a few reasons:
a) It keeps you in the habit of paying attention to sensation - very important! Charting will become as second nature as brushing your teeth every day, but only if you do it every day. Slacking off after Peak isn't such a big deal, but it often leads to the next step...not paying attention after menstration either (if the woman usually has a time of infertility early in her cycle). This leads to the most common user-related method failures because the lack of awareness means only noticing the fertile time when it's really obvious and abstinence should have begun several days earlier.
b)Continuing to chart will alert you to the possibility of another mucus patch if you misidentified Peak the first time. This is especially important when first learning, I've found that many clients are tempted to call any old episode of slippery mucus the Peak - even if it didn't meet the other criteria.
c) Charting during the luteal phase can also help identify health problems.