August Charting Thread

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August Charting Thread
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Tue, 08-18-2009 - 8:41pm

Okay, so I got it in the right place this time...


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Sun, 08-30-2009 - 9:13pm

Hi ladies - I have a question!

How do you tell the difference between EWCM and sperm? I had EWCM yesterday, although it seemed to have dried up later in the day. We GOFO last night (our first official "try"!). This morning I had a highish temp (I thought maybe I had O'd yesterday), but I've been noticing EW-like CM throughout the day. BUT it looks more creamy (white) than clear (like my usual EWCM is). It is stretchy, and seems to have the consistency I normally see. Is this sperm from last night, or is it just different EW? How should I chart this?

I think it'll be more apparent when I temp tomorrow morning, but I'd like to chart this somehow. Any thoughts?



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Sun, 08-30-2009 - 9:26pm
If it's questionable, but has the consistency of EWCM, chart it as EWCM. I have a REALLY hard time telling the difference and this happens to me a lot, especially when in the middle of a GOFO-athon. Always chart the most fertile signs you have in a day, even if you think it might be "leftovers." I think if it's more cloudy/creamy, it's probably semen, but sometimes my EWCM is streaked, so I play it safe. Congrats on your first official try! :)

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Sun, 08-30-2009 - 9:59pm

Thanks for your response, Erin! I guess it'll be clear in a few days whether it was truly EWCM or leftovers, and then I'll know better for next time.

We've been using condoms for almost a year now that I've forgotten what residual semen looks/feels like and for how long it sticks around for!



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Mon, 08-31-2009 - 12:27am

Adrienne: The pain started two days before my positive OPK, and the pain during sex started the day of the OPK.

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Mon, 08-31-2009 - 12:20pm

Okay - now I'm really confused. My temp this morning was still relatively high (same as last 2 days), but I'm still having EWCM.

I *never* have EWCM after I O - my CF is usually very dry until the 1-2 days before AF arrives.

Maybe I haven't even O'd yet, but FF has marked it as Friday (which I don't believe because of the whole EWCM after Oing).

Thoughts?



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Mon, 08-31-2009 - 12:38pm
I agree; that's a weird day for them to mark as O, especially considering your temps in the days leading up to it. They did give you dotted CH though, so they'll probably move it to a solid line for a later cycle day if you have a few higher temps in the next couple of days. I'd trust your CM and yourself before I'd trust dotted crosshairs!

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Mon, 08-31-2009 - 5:04pm

I also agree that this is a weird O cross hairs.

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Wed, 09-09-2009 - 6:40am

hi all,

May I start with AHHHHH!!!!!!!

I'm not a WTT grad - but I've known many of you from the WTT boards - and I trust your charting skills!!

I've been dating Ian for 3 months. We first DTD over the weekend and as I chart (albeit not overly carefully since I've been single/celebate for some 6 months), I knew it was around my usual O time. And we didn't use condoms (Bad Kerryl, Bad - I really know better than that with a new partner).

Since Monday I've been feeling queezy/green - but I don't know if that's an IPS or stress/panic!! The BBs re NOT sore, which actually makes a nice change as they're usually quite painful by now. Do I know interlectually that this is probably too early for much to be happening - Yup.

FF hasn't given me cross-hairs, possibly because I don't have a temp for Sunday morning (I got it when I put in some 'play' data) - this morning's however, has um ...spiked! I've never jumped that much before. I'm reckon I'm only 3DPO - planning to test Sunday which will be 7DPO. If anyone wants to put a new set of eyes over it, feel free - I think mine are somewhat fuzzy with respects to my chart. I'm operating in celcius, btw.

For info, he's taking the line of "I want kids, you want kids. So what if we're at step 4 without having had steps 1-3?? - and now will work 'cause you can still go to that conference in mid-2011 you want to go to", so I'm not worried about his feelings on the concept of me already potentially being pregnant. Ian's 43, I'm 35, for info.

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Wed, 09-09-2009 - 10:12am

Hi Kerryl!!! Glad to hear things are going well with the new beau!


Looking at your chart all I can say is that you probably O'd on Tuesday (although Sun and Mon are also possibilities)- for everything else it is just too early. Also 7DPO is way too early to test-the earliest that anyone here reliably gets a positive is 10 DPO and really you won't be sure until 12 DPO or 14 if you are getting negatives and your period doesn't come.


SO I guess what I am saying is you just have to wait it out- symptoms can be very deceiving for both BFN and BFPs and tests too early don't tell us anything...


I hope this works out how you want


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Sat, 09-12-2009 - 9:54am

Kerryl

Well, it is really hard for me to make any guess based on your chart, because your previous cycle looks almost anovulatory to me. When I try to evaluate if someone has O'd, I usually look at the previous month or months temps, and try to see if the current temps are above that persons average coverline. But since your previous month had practically no change in temps from before to after O, it is hard for me to even make a guess about whether you O'd or not. Normally I would say no way, your temps haven't changed enough, but idk if that is "normal" for you for them NOT to change that much.

Do your cycles typically look like the one in July/August?

One thing I will say is that big jump should probably be disregarded. The temps before and after that are right around the same--I think that high temp was a fluke--did you take it at a different time, or had you been awake for awhile already when you took it?

Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it too much (or, alternatively, get your hopes up). There are, obviously, people who get PG on their first month trying, but it is highly unlikely that one night of unprotected sex will result in PGcy. Even if you O'd THAT DAY, the odds are only 20% . . . and I doubt you O'd that day.

I am curious why you would have unprotected sex on CD 13/14/15 if you DIDN'T want to get PG . . . ?


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