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April 15th, 2008, 09:05 PM
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Hey ladies! I'm hoping for some advice on getting started. I didn't go back on BC this sunday, it's expensive, and plus I have a tentative plan to TTC in September. Is the day I started my period day 1? I don't even have a thermometer yet, so that's for next cycle. I've always been super regular. Is ovulation usually day 14? Should I use an OPK then? I will chart temps next time. What is everyone's favorite website to do your chart on? Thanks ladies, I can't WAIT to chart with you all.....you're so smart and knowledgeable and I can't wait to learn more!


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April 15th, 2008, 11:14 PM
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Welcome! CD1 is the day your period starts. Some people O on CD 14, but the majority do not. It all depends on how long your cycle is, etc.
I use Fertilityfriend.com and TCOYF.com to track my cycles. I strongly suggest reading the book "Taking CHarge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler to learn more about charting. It is the best way to learn charting other than a class.
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April 16th, 2008, 03:43 AM
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on CD 1. I would use OPKs to help narrow down when you're ovulating so it will help you spot your fertile window. It could be that you O earlier or later than you think. For example, I didn't O until CD 18 this cycle and am now at 15 DPO. Clearly I'm not matching the "norm" at this point! I use www.fertilityfriend.com for my chart and will add TCOYF if I don't get my BFP soon.

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April 16th, 2008, 06:53 AM
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Hi and !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would highly recommend the same book that Jennifer mentioned, TCOYF, it's great! I agree with her as well, you period starting a full flow is the first day of your cycle. Most people do not O right at CD 14, and every cycle is different. Also, if you're coming off of BC pills, it might take a while for your body to adjust and have a normal ovulatory cycle.

Good luck to you hon, and ask any other questions you might have!
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April 16th, 2008, 09:13 AM
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Only 12% of women actually ovulate on day 14, so don't rely on predictions about when it will happen. Monitoring your cervical mucus can tell you all you need to know to monitor your fertility day by day, as it happens without predictions or assumptions about what will happen. Temps/OPK's help too, but mucus is free! Here's some information on how to monitor your CM:
http://www.woomb.org/learningBOM/B20...nstruction.pdf
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