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November 14th, 2012, 06:26 PM
Join Date: Oct 2012
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Hello Ladies. I have posted before and a few ladies told me to start charting my BBT. But i did some research online and couldn't find a direct answer.

So my question is, is it benefical to chart BBT even if you dont have a period? If so, how?

To my understanding, you chart BBT for ovulation but with PCOS I dont see how you can even ovulate without a period. Am I correct?
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November 15th, 2012, 10:10 PM
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Ovulating can happen any any time in your cycle, be it CD5 or CD500. If you don't have regular periods you could be completely anovulatory and never O at all, or you could ovulate randomly a few times a year. Charting will at least let you know if that happens.

I can't remember, but do you have a doctor that prescribes provera to induce AF every so often? If so then if you are having unprotected sex things get a bit tricky. You don't want to take provera if there is a chance you may become pregnant as it could impede implantation or even act as an abortifacient early on. Normally my doctor has me take a pregnancy test just in case right before I start provera but that won't help if there is a fertilized egg floating down waiting to implant. Really the only way to make sure that doesn't happen is to abstain or have protected sex the two weeks prior to starting the provera. Or you can chart and know you haven't ovulated so you don't have to worry about it.

If you don't have a doctor who prescribes provera every so often and normally go more than two months without AF you should seriously consider finding one.

Also charts provide evidence for your doctor. They can look at it and see exactly how long your charts are, and if/when you ovulate. If you do end up ovulating on like CD70 or something, it will also tell you how long your LP is. That is important because a LP defect coupled with long cycles hinders your TTC efforts even more than just long cycles alone.

So that's my opinion on why charting is important even if you have PCOS and aren't currently undergoing fertility treatments. Hope this helps!

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