Towards the end of your journey with hormonal birth control you may be wondering, can I start charting while still on it, while I learn the in’s and out’s of FAM. Here’s my answer for you — Yes, and No.
Boo. I know. What a boring answer, but stick with me.
Here's why you “can’t” chart your cycle while still on hormonal birth control:
+ your chart isn’t going to look right...
+ most forms of hormonal birth control keep you from ovulating so there won’t be that spike in temperature
+ because your body is being tricked into essentially thinking it’s pregnant you probably won’t notice a big change in your cervical fluid while you’re on it.
But, in better news, Yes! Start charting your cycle as you end your relationship with hormonal birth control:
+ practice taking your temperature, checking your fluid and marking it on your chart
+ get in the habit of doing this. Every. Single. Day.
+ educate yourself before taking the leap
+ if you have a partner, get them on board
+ find a supportive group, even if that’s online (#femmehead)
+ and finally get excited to have a menstrual cycle again, and a real period
So, while you can’t technically chart your cycle because you won’t have those changes in fertility signs, you can darn well start practicing and get comfy in your new lifestyle change. And if you're even more curious about this transition — keep your eye open for my new course, all about coming off hormonal birth control, which I'm looking to debut in early 2017.