10:26 pm - 06/13/2019

Menstrual and ovulation tracker

My husband and I are trying for kids in the next few months. My doctor said get off my birth control now(as it was already giving me problems with break through bleeding) and keep a ovulation tracker.

I am trying to figure out this thing. I downloaded mia app, since it had good reviews. Put in my last period(which is this week) and it said I would be ovulating next week, but my period is predicted to happen 2 1/2 weeks after this one.(July 4th-July 10th). Then July 25th-July 31st. So twice in one month? Is that normal?

I don't even know what to count for my period this month, since I am on an off week of my pills, had break through bleeding on and off. It usually is heavy during the weekend. So, do I put it starts when its the heaviest or it starts when its really light?

I want to make sure I have these down right, so when we do try, we are trying on the days I am ovulating.

What are the best apps to use for tracking this? What do you guys usually use?
nathskywalker 14th-Jun-2019 10:02 am (UTC)
I’ve been using clue for the past few years.
It might take a few cycles before the app gets the cycle prediction right.
actorgrl04 14th-Jun-2019 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That is very helpful! Both the ones I have been using predicted that I would ovulate right after this period is done and my next one would be in beginning of July. I just want to be sure that when we do have sex(but not to get pregnant) we're doing it at the right time. We were thinking of starting to try for kids in august or september. I mean, if it happens when we don't plan, then oh well. Does that make sense?
nathskywalker 14th-Jun-2019 07:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know how long you've been on hormonal birth control but the first few months off the pill my cycle was very unpredictable (so much spotting!). Your body needs to return to it's natural cycle. It might also take a bit until you can get pregnant.

I'd give the app a month or two to gather information on you. If you have data on your couple of cycles (even if it's not 100% accurate), might help. Some apps (again, i mostly know clue) also let you input your own predictions about cycle length to help make predictions.

As you get off hbc, you might also be able to pick up on ovulation and enter that into the app.
actorgrl04 15th-Jun-2019 03:51 pm (UTC)
I've been in birth control for 7 years, after this weekend, will be the first time off it.

I read it could take a few weeks to few months after getting off pills to get pregnant.

So once I get my actual period, I can start tracking ovulation?
nathskywalker 15th-Jun-2019 09:05 pm (UTC)
Basically, for the last 7 years, you haven't ovulated or had a period. the pill tricks the body into thinking it's ovulated but you don't. your "period", i.e. bleeding during the off-week, is from the hormones dropping off, not from the body washing out the old egg. now that you're going off the pill, your body needs a little bit of time to regulate itself without the hormones in your system. It might take your body a while to figure out your cycle. I was on the pill for 5 years and it took my body about three to four months to adjust and have a regular period. Your first few periods / bleedings might be weird or you might have very short cycles. I know I had two "periods" (doubt I was already ovulating) in a month once. After a while, I started having a period every 35-37 days and it's been like that for the past 5+ years. The first month or two off HBC were a nightmare for me because nobody prepared me for the spotting and the irregularities in my cycle.

I can tell when I ovulate. I get some minor ovulation cramps and spotting, sometimes accompanied by weird poop and horniness. It feels a little bit like a tiny, tiny period (for me; it might be different for you). There are also temperature divergences and other things you can track to figure out when you're going to ovulate but since I've never tried to get pregnant, I've never familiarized myself with the details but I'd definitely look into that if I were you.
fidafira 14th-Jun-2019 03:22 pm (UTC)
I believe that first day of menstruation, the very start, spots, begin the cycle. I use android app "period calendar".

Edited at 2019-06-14 03:26 pm (UTC)
actorgrl04 14th-Jun-2019 07:03 pm (UTC)
Mine has been a little wonky for awhile now. I've had breakthrough bleeding almost two weeks before my off week. Spotting since my off week started(only when I had a BM, sorry if that's TMI) and then actual spotting yesterday. So the start would be yesterday or Sunday?
fidafira 14th-Jun-2019 08:49 pm (UTC)
I have similar problem, I mark spotting in the app, and if heavier bleeding begin mark the first day of spotting as first day of period. Hope this helps.
helenkacan 15th-Jun-2019 03:41 am (UTC)
If you just stopped taking the pills last week and this is your withdrawal week, then you're not having a period yet. You won't have one until a few weeks go by and your body figures out that it's on its own and not following a chemical command. So your period will begin when you've been away from artificial hormones for several weeks.

Some people take time to establish a new natural cycle while others get one immediately. I'd been on HBC for 21-22 years without a break. When I stopped, I fell into a 26-day cycle immediately and it stayed that way until perimenopause hit. It was nice knowing my body was being predictable.

You might want to read up on FAM (fertility awareness method). By tracking your daily temperature and noticing changes in your cervical mucous, you'll get a much more accurate assessment of when you're ovulating. Good luck!
actorgrl04 15th-Jun-2019 03:44 pm (UTC)
Ah that makes sense now! Duh! I won't put this one down as my period on the menstrual cycle app then.
So I won't get my actual period for several weeks then?
Wow, lots of info on FAM! I'll look into tha more. Thank you! This was helpful!
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