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November 17th, 2011, 04:58 PM
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I'm going to start charting when I get AF next week. I see so many charting services out there and I was wondering your opinions on the different services. I was thinking of trying a couple out for the first month to see which I prefer.

Here are the ones I was thinking of trying:
Pink Pad
Taking Charge of Your Fertility
Fertility Friend

Also, I sometimes wake up with my mouth open. I was planning to chart orally because DH has to help me wake up, but would vaginally be best for consistent readings? I have an appointment with a women's health clinic in February about medications for a disorder I have and I have to bring two cycles' worth of charts with me, so I want it to try to get it right sooner rather than later.

Thanks!
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November 17th, 2011, 06:57 PM
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The only one I use is FertilityFriend, and I like it a lot. I don't even bother with purchasing the VIP membership, just the basic free service.

I have seen some other women use TCOYF, so I'm sure they'll weigh in on that.

As for your temps, I know some girls here temp vaginally, so they might be able to help you in that regard as well.

Good luck to you.
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November 17th, 2011, 07:23 PM
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I also use Fertility Friend. There have been times when their software interprets my info differently than I would, but for the most part, I really like it. I find it to be easy to use. I tried TCOYF, but I feel it is more confusing to read and also that site seems to take a lot longer to load for me for some reason, so I just stick with FF.

As for the temping, I actually do think that temping vaginally would bring you more accurate results, but I've never done it. I just think it's easier to temp orally (yes, I'm lazy like that). If you sleep with your mouth open a lot, though...I might do vaginal temping, especially if you are planning on bringing charts to your doctors.
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November 18th, 2011, 05:33 AM
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Hi I just started temping this cycle and like you I sleep with my mouth open so I am temping vaginally and I find my temps are VERY stable. It is a little bit of extra work but I have peace of mind knowing my snoring and mouth breathing is not effecting anything.

I read the book TCOYF and use TCOYF. I Also use FF just to see how it works. I am liking TCOYF more, probably because I read the book. It has some tech issues sometimes but I like it's options for charting better. They are different in terms of options. TCOYF asked me to adjust 2 temps that were taken early, so I did. FF did not adjust my temps for my. As of this mornings temp FF has me Oing a few days ago... TCOYF has not updated with today temp (which was adjust) but I don't THINK it will put an O. I will probably dual chart for a while and eventually pick one to use exclusively. For now, its interesting to see how they differ with the same/similar info.
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November 19th, 2011, 07:37 AM
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Thanks! I think I"ll try both TCOYF and FF and see which I prefer.

When I have AF I use a Diva Cup. How would I temp vaginally while wearing that?
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November 19th, 2011, 10:09 AM
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Ooh, that's a good question.
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November 19th, 2011, 03:01 PM
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hm..., you know I never really insert it far in there. I dont know how far a divacup comes out. I am planning to not chart during AF since I tend to have a heavy flow and that just... well makes me uncomfortable.
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November 19th, 2011, 04:57 PM
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Well, in the morning the cup might be higher up, but usually the bottom is about 1/2 inch in.
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