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    colwixx

    When is the most optimal time to start charting my fertility? I'm a new-ish mom with an 8 month old and I have stopped breast feeding. Can I jump on the bandwagon right now or should I wait until my next period to start tracking it?

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    Courtney

    Hi there,

    You can absolutely start charting now! Charting your signs will help you to learn when you're becoming fertile again. The most important thing to watch out for right now is changes in your cervical fluid, which will tell you when you're approaching ovulation. 

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    jessicaahmed32

    Hi I'm new to this how many days Pryor to my fertile days do I start intercourse

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    davehayz14

    My chart is all over the place! What does this mean? I take my temp at the same time every morning :(

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    Courtney

    Hi jessicaahmed32, 

    The best time to have sex to get pregnant is in the days leading up to ovulation. Your cervical fluid observations from each day will tell you whether you're approaching ovulation. If you see a progression from dry/sticky cervical fluid to wet, eggwhite or watery cervical fluid, then that is a very good sign that you're going to ovulate soon, and a great time to have sex! Track your temperatures to confirm when you ovulated. 

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    Courtney

    Hi davehayz14, 

    Hm, without looking at your charts, it's hard to say what this means. Is it just your temperature that's all over the place, or your cervical fluid patterns as well? 

    If your temperatures are all over the place, first, are you taking your temperature as soon as you wake up, before you get out of bed or do anything? Are you taking your temp after at least 3 consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep? Both of these are necessary for getting an accurate reading.

    If you rule all of these things out, check to make sure the battery in your thermometer isn't low. You may want to consider using a basal thermometer instead of a regular one, or, if you already have a basal thermometer, trying a different one - it's possible that your thermometer is a dud :/ Also, consider taking your temperature vaginally instead of orally - taking your temperature vaginally is generally more accurate (if you do decide to switch, make sure to switch at the beginning of a cycle, and to take your temps vaginally throughout the cycle - consistency is key!).

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    Cindy

    Hi, I recently stopped using the depo shot after 4 yrs. last shot was August 21st, around the date I would normally menstruate. Nov. 20th when I would have did another shot, I didn't, and I did not menstruate either. My body and calculations have always been on point. But, AF came 5 months after my last shot, instead of 3, like I calculated, then during that 5th month my calculation was off again by 8 days and your KINDARA app was right about AF coming the 29th instead of the 21st.

    KINDARA has been right every month there after, even with my irregular charting. Which I find amazing... However, this month is different.

    *In January my period came as KINDARA, not when I said it would, but lasted into February, 10 days! Then again KINDARA was right, I unusually menstruated 2 wks later, for only 3 days. Again, in March KINDARA was right about the day I would menstruate..... But, before I move on to April, I'd like to add, that in 14yrs of menstruating, I've never experienced pms, such as sore breast, moody, and fatigue as I have these past 4 months. I've only had the awkward 'AF is coming down to vist any day now feeling' in my lower abdomin.

    **KINDARA predicted that I'd menstruate April 12th, but only 11 days prior, rather than 2+ wks prior to the 12th, is when I felt the onset of pms; moody and fatigued which I still feel at times and that arkward 'I'll bleed any day now' felling in my lower abdomin, then I had sore breast which only lasted about 4 days... It's now April 16th and AF hasn't come, but once in a while I get that awkward feeling in my lower abdomin.

    I'm hoping that my cycle is regulating. But, I'm very unexperienced with premenstrual symptoms and new to this FAM. I know this is going to sound dumb, but does pms ever go away for some women, besides transitioning into menopause? Should I be concerned?

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    elizabeth_forsyth

    Will this app do it's own cover line? The book you suggested talks about using a cover line and other lines as well. The charts in te book are a little more complicated than the apps. Thank you!!

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    Courtney

    Cindy - it depends. For some women, PMS symptoms may go away with time, for others, they won't. Not much is known about exactly what causes PMS and why it happens to some women, but not to others. However, there's no reason to be concerned. Though it's certainly not pleasant, mild PMS is normal. 

    Elizabeth - we don't currently have a coverline feature in the app, but you can view and set a coverline at our user web portal. If you've entered enough temperatures and there's a clear temp shift, the app will automatically set a coverline for you.  

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    kelceemarie426

    If my period ended July 23rd when is the best time for intercourse? Thank you :)!

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    Courtney

    Hi! I can't say based on the end date of your period alone when the best time to have sex to get pregnant would be. This is because even if your cycles are always the same length (a cycle begins on day 1 of your period and ends the day before you start your next period), you won't always ovulate on the same day each cycle. Only through tracking your cervical fluid and basal body temperatures each day will you know when you're fertile. This article has some useful information about tracking your cervical fluid, and this article explains how your basal body temperatures can indicate when you ovulate. Hope this helps :)

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    ryleighbabycakes

    Im new to this chartimg, but my husband and I are trying to get pregnant. I did track my temperature this time but i tried to track my CF to best of my ability. We had intercourse when i noticed the change in CF from creamy to egg white and again when it was watery. Today 12/29 should be my last fertile day according to how it tracked me. Should we have intercourse even after these days if had it during the noted CF changes?

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    Courtney

    Hey Ryleigh, particularly if you're new to charting, the fertility prediction feature may not be very accurate just yet. Even if you've been charting for a while, the prediction is meant to serve as a general reference - your cervical fluid and temperature data will be much more helpful in determining the best times to have sex to get pregnant.

    The best time to have sex is when your cervical fluid is still of a wetter consistency, but you haven't yet had a sustained temperature shift (indicating that you ovulated). This article explains more about how to time sex to maximize your chances for pregnancy. 

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    asiacr0ss

    Hi! I'm new to charting. I noticed when looking at my shared chart I now see a letter P and a 1 on the following row. What do these stand for?

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    Lauren

    Hi Asiacross, thanks for contacting us! The 'P' on your chart stands for 'Peak Day.' Your Peak Day is the last day that you experience eggwhite cervical fluid, watery cervical fluid, or a lubricative vaginal sensation. Usually, ovulation occurs on the peak day or the day after. As you may have noticed, you can only determine your peak day after it's already over by noting that your cervical fluid disappears or changes into sticky or creamy.

    You can edit the data of a previous day by going to the data screen and swiping to the left until you reach the day you want to edit, or by tapping and holding a day in the chart screen until a popup with all your day's data comes up. You can tap the Edit button on this popup, and you'll be taken to the data screen for that day, where you can edit anything you like, including setting that day as your Peak Day.

    If you're trying to get pregnant, timing intercourse as close to the Peak Day as possible maximizes the chance of conceiving.

    On your chart, the P represents the day you've marked as your Peak Day, and the 1, 2, 3, 4 correspond to the Peak +4 rule of the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). For women using FAM as birth control, the infertile phase begins on the evening of the fourth day after the Peak Day (as long as the woman has also experienced at least three high temperatures, confirming ovulation has passed.) You may also notice that if you enter any cervical fluid after the fourth day past the Peak, it will be grayed out rather than pink, signifying that it is infertile. If you want more information about the fertility awareness method, here's a link :)

    https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22043400-The-4-Rules-of-Charting-for-Birth-Control

    I hope this helps! Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions :)

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    aleciasohns

    I am currently mensturating. Should I wait until the first day of my next period to start tracking?

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