Avoiding Pregnancy in Irregular Cycles

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    hacw

    Can you explain the Basic Infertile Pattern a little more clearly please? I don't understand what that is.

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    Courtney

    Hey hacw, sure! If you're not ovulating, the Basic Infertile Pattern is the pattern you notice in your cervical fluid from week to week. This is usually some combination of sticky and creamy cervical fluid, or no cervical fluid at all. So, mark your cervical fluid as you observe it each day, and then see if there's a pattern in your CF from week to week - even if it's not the usual ovulatory pattern of dry->sticky->creamy->eggwhite->watery->back to creamy/sticky/dry. If you do notice a pattern over the course of two weeks (e.g. having dry/sticky CF each day), then that is your Basic Infertile Pattern. You can then follow the Anovulatory rules with your BIP in mind. 

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    eros_phsyche

    What if you are ovulating regularly, and you still have cervical fluid every single day? I typically have really long cycles (40-ish days), and I never see a completely dry day. Obviously I'm not truly fertile for 30 of those days, but how do you determine when the "slightly more fertile" fluid starts?

    (I'm now returning to ovulation after my first pregnancy, so I'll obviously have to chart a few cycles to see what is typical for me this time around. :) )

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    Courtney

    Hey there, 

    If you're ovulating, then you should use the 4 rules of using the Fertility Awareness Method as birth control for ovulatory cycles. If you notice cervical fluid every day, then you won't be able to use rule 2 of the 4 rules, or the Dry Day Rule, which states that you are considered infertile on the evening of any day prior to ovulation that you observe no cervical fluid. Rather, you can apply rules 1, 3, and 4 to learn when you're fertile, and when you're not. 

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    katy_bug30

    After pregnancy (which was conceived with the help of Kindara!), should I start tracking right away, or should I wait (and use other means of contraceptives) until I get my first period postpartum? I am 6 weeks postpartum and have not gotten my period. I am unable to breastfeed and stopped pumping about a week ago.

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    Courtney

    Hey there, 

    You can start tracking right away if you want! Some women will start ovulating right away after giving birth (if they're not breastfeeding), but for others it may take a while for their cycles to go back to normal. The most important thing to track at this time is your cervical fluid - as soon as it starts to increase and get wetter, that's a good sign you're approaching ovulation. If you want, you can apply the instructions in the article above to your data - however if you're not confident in doing this you may want to use protection during this time. 

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    stebenlovessarah_911

    I just got off the pill this past month. I started charting with my first cycle and wasn't sure if I ovulated or not because I wasn't able to probably track my cervical fluid or my temps because they were wacky due to a yeast infection at the end of my chart. Today, I started my period. It doesn't seem to be just "bleeding" and really feels like a real period (cramps, cravings, pains, nausea, etc) however, how do I know if this is truly a period? If it were "breakthrough" bleeding would it still have period symptoms??

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    Sam

    Hi StebenLovesSarah, Unfortunately, the best way to know whether this is a period and not part of the withdrawl bleeding that comes from getting off of hormonal birth control would be to confirm ovulation via your temperatures.  Every woman is different as to whether they experience period symptoms during the withdrawl bleeds.  In order to understand what is going on, keep tracking- for some women their natural cycle returns almost immediately, but for some it can take several months before the hormones in your body return to their natural state. The more data you're able to collect, the more you'll understand what is going on.  Good luck!

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    micky_6409

    Creamy CF is considered fertile? Or just for a chart like this when there's no EWCM or watery?

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    Lauren

    Hi Micky, thanks for contacting us!  Yes, creamy CF is still considered a part of your fertile window if you're using FAM to avoid pregnancy.  You can read more about the four rules of the Fertility Awareness Method here:

    https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22043400-The-4-rules-of-using-the-Fertility-Awareness-Method-as-birth-control-explained

    I hope that helps!

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    6demesira7

    Hello

    I have ovulated.

    Used the safe rules.

    Now 2 days late a nd seeing creamy cv. I am 45 and perimenapausal.I have never missed a cycle but varies from 24 to 36.

    Im not sure what is happening.

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    Lauren

    Hi 6demesira7, thanks for contacting us.  If you successfully followed the rules of Fertility Awareness for avoiding pregnancy, it's fairly unlikely that you could be pregnant (though it's not impossible - all birth control methods have a failure rate, even when used perfectly!)  In case this is helpful, women's luteal phase lengths can actually vary by up to 1-3 days, so it's still possible you're not pregnant even if your period is a few days late.  Unfortunately you won't know for certain until your period arrives or you get a positive pregnancy test.  I'd recommend taking a home pregnancy test in another day or so if your period does not arrive.  I hope this helps.

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    annabelrushton96

    I came off hbc almost two months ago, I have my first cycle and confirmed ovulation, my cycle was approx 30 days long, I had a period and started a new cycle. Now, on my second cycle, I don't appear to have any temperature shift (I'm on day 25) and yet my cervical fluid has been fertile for a good 10 days now! All my temperatures are consistently low (pre ovulation and below my cover line from last cylcle) so I have a feeling I'm not going to ovulate at all, but am worried to have intercourse because I'm tta (it has been 20 days since I have had intercourse) and I use barrier always as I'm only on cycle 2. Does anyone have any advice?

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