Anyone tried charting for infertility?

United States
December 23, 2006 10:57pm CST
So my hubby and I are trying to conceive (TTC) with our first. We have been trying for approx. 1 year and never thought we would actually have to try. Well I guess we do have to work for it cause its not working yet! Has anyone tried charting yet and has it worked for you? What was the hardest thing in charting and the easiest? I find that I am irregular (I can go anywhere from 2-13 weeks in between periods) that I think it would be hard to chart? I am viewing this wrong? TIA (thanks in advance) everyone!
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@kbrece (26)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I started charting when we started TTC. I used Fertility Friend to store my charts. The site also helps estimate your ovuluation date. After a few months I was able to see that I ovulate regularly and have mostly normal cycles. I found charting to be easy, but sometimes it was hard to wake up and take my temperature. After one year of trying, you can make an appointment with an RE (reproductive endocrinologist). They specialize in helping you get pregnant. If your cycles are so irregular, there might be an underlying hormonal issue preventing you from getting pregnant. We went to an RE and found out we were dealing with male infertility. We eventually went through IVF and I'm now almost 11 weeks pregnant. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
Can you give me the website of this fertility friend? Your info is very helpful. We too were diagnosed similar case like yours.
@jen0526 (82)
• United States
12 Feb 07
It does sound like you have PCOS, I have it, and can go up to a year and a half without a cycle. If you have been trying for a year, call your ob/gyn, and have them do some testing on you, like for hormone levels. They might also do a test called an HSG, or hysterosalpingogram (spelling on that might be wrong), which checks to see if your fallopian tubes are open or blocked. I wish you luck, it took me four years to have my first child, but now I have two beautiful children, so it can happen, it might just take a while. :)
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
5 Jan 07
Bunny2 - Bunny2
Charts were useful to me in that they told me I wasn't ovulating - and when I was on treatment and finally ovulating, I could see the day I was ovulating by the dip down in the temperature and then the rise in temperature. if the rise stays - you could be pregnant:) It sounds like you might have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) because of your very irregular cycles. Of course you might not! But you might want to have a few blood tests to check. Good luck sweetie!
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@cwriter (88)
• United States
24 Apr 07
With such an irregular schedule, I'm not sure how a BBT chart would help. It's basically for determining when you ovulate. I'd recommend going to see an RE if you aren't already.