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Okay okay this is kinda silly... I'm 4 months PP, I am BFing and have an IUD. (So I haven't had a period yet.) However we want to start trying in May when our new insurance starts. I don't know much about TTC as Ari was a bit of a surprise. Any suggestions, tips? Can I start charting, do I need to? Any advice really would be great.
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Hi I am Carrie the host. I dont know if charting will be of any use until you have the IUD out and get your first PP period. I dont think it will be accurate until then because you wont have AF to tell you when new cycles start and you likely arent ovulating because of the IUD etc.
If the IUD has hormones, the hormones will suppress your signs of fertility (CM and temps). Also there is supposed to be a thick plug that seals off the cervix during the infertile parts of your cycle (to protect the uterus from infection). The IUD strings hang through the cervix and disrupt the plug, so you may notice mucus much of the time that isn't actually related to fertility.
If the IUD has no hormones, you can track your temperatures and possibly even CM. The IUD does cause inflammation to the uterine lining to prevent implantation and this inflammation can also extend to the cervix, causing secretions that are not related to fertility. Hard to tell what's CM and what's related IUD's irritating effect on the cervix and mucus plug.