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4/6/15 2:47 P

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It can be overwhelming when you first start and there are times now where I get confused or my chart isn't very clear. Just take your time and if you don't want to temp, or it feels too stressful, then definitely take a break!

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4/6/15 11:18 A

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So much information to take in. I really appreciate you posting this. It's my first time actually TRYING to conceive and its a little overwhelming and a lot nerve wracking.

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3/5/15 7:18 A

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Thanks ladies! I was pretty sure I O'd on Monday (had twinges/cramps) on my right side and there was alot of cm. Then Tuesday and Wednesday my temp was up and now today it was up even higher. I have been tracking on Fertility Friend and it decided too that I O'd on Monday so pretty sure I did and don't know maybe this is something my body just does lol! This is my first month really paying attention to BBT and CM so I guess I will just have to continue monitoring and see if this is the norm for me. Good news is we bd'd on Friday, Saturday and then on Monday again so our timing was pretty spot on! So I guess we weill see if anything comes of it!

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3/4/15 10:16 P

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Yeah, I'm with Gwenn, every one is different! My temps didn't tell me much of anything but once I started paying attention to CM I knew that day instantly... but for you it might be different... Keep checking everything you can and BD'ing!

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3/4/15 4:01 P

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I check CM as much as it sounds like you probably are. While I know the more fertile CM is egg-white, I have read that it does go away once you ovulate, but I'm not sure that is 100% set in stone. For me, I feel that there have been times that it lingered for a few days later. I have read and heard that it is best to go by your temp because progesterone kicks in after ovulation and that is indicated by the higher temps.

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3/4/15 3:36 P

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Does anyone temp and check CM here? I think I have O'd as my temperature has shifted up and is staying up, but I have continued to have EWCM (sorry if that is TMI) for the past 2-3 days after I thought I O'd. But where my temperature is indicating O I don't know which one to go by?

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2/6/15 10:52 A

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A BBThermometer that gives readings to a hundredth of a degree is a good idea - especially in your case if your normal temperature is lower. They are designed to be more accurate/precise over a lower temperature range than a fever-detecting one. Probably precision matters more since it's the temperature difference that counts, but accuracy doesn't hurt either.

(Sorry if I got precision and accuracy backwards... too long since college and too long of sleep deprival from an infant... emoticon but whichever is the tighter cluster of darts even if not on the bull's-eye...)


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2/6/15 10:33 A

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It should be just fine!

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2/5/15 11:59 P

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I have a digital oral thermometer that gives readings to the tenth of a degree. Do I really need a BBT? Thanks for the info regarding B.C. My typical body temp runs about 1-3 degrees cooler than average 98.6F.

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La,

I had to do a google search on it. From what I've read, it would seem that the temps may not be reliable since birth control is "tricking" your body into thinking it is pregnant. I'm thinking the temps might be higher, or lower, than they would be while off the pill, but each type of pill is different as far as the hormone levels. You could try for a month and note that the chart is with BC, and then when you stop the BC, see what happens to your temps.

A basal body thermometer will give you a more accurate reading of your BBT (Basal body temp) as it is normally given in one-tenth increments. Oral thermometers read at slightly larger ranges. If you are using one of the "old-fashioned" ones, as I call them, the mercury thermometers, you might want to switch.

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Gwenn,

I appreciate all the info, but I have a couple of questions that weren't covered. First, would there still be spikes/dips in my temp if I'm on birth control? Second, what's the difference between an oral thermometer you use to check for fever, and a basal body thermometer?

I'm just starting to get the hang of this temping thing. I'm an engineer, so more accurate, relevant data is always good in my view. Getting in a good schedule for doing it now will help me stay in the habit once I go off the Pill (we're going to start trying at the end of this summer). I've already downloaded FF to my phone, but I keep forgetting to temp every day because I'm not used to the habit yet.

I just started my cycle, so I can adjust accordingly wherever necessary. Being on BC, I can almost literally set my watch to my cycle (funny enough, it coincides with the lunar cycle, with AF showing on full moon).

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2/3/15 7:52 A

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Wow thank you so much for taking the time to share all that information with us :D
That is so nice of you! I've actually been wanting to start tracking this information too; just didn't know much about temping, but now I do!
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2/1/15 10:08 A

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Thanks Gwenn! This was helpful!

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1/31/15 12:59 P

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I think they are more for your sake, but I also brought my charts to my doctor. I explained what it was showing, and he could see the dips that showed ovulation and said my charts looked good. Now the only thing that I don't think he was really paying attention to was the length of my LP which was very short, but I also think a specialist would pay more attention to something like that.

It's totally fine to take breaks. I was for the past few months. Sometimes I feel too obsessive with it, but then when I stop, I feel a little out of control and don't know where I am in my cycle. I can't win! lol I found this just helped me understand my body better.

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Thanks Gwenn!

After meeting with my doc and showing her my charts and seeing that even she couldn't make heads or tails of them, I am going to take a temp break. She said they are so hard to interpret, brand FOR ME were not confirming or denying ovulation. She wants me to focus on the OPKs for now. .. Perhaps I should keep charting just for the data... Hmmmm.

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1/30/15 10:33 A

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Thank you for the info! I am not quite there yet but was curious about this topic.
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I sometimes frequent the What to Expect board and some of those ladies can be quite feisty. Anyway, I want to share what helped me from over there. I did not write this, but another lady did. It is about temping.

1. Buy a basal body temperature thermometer (preferably one that gives you two decimal places but if you absolutely can't find one then a thermometer with one decimal place will do) and leave it beside your bed - on top of your alarm if you need the reminder (These can usually be found where you buy your pregnancy tests).

2. Sign up for an app such as fertility friend (it will do all the charting for you)

3. Take your temp at the same time every single day (you can change your temping time at the beginning of a cycle but not mid-cycle). You must take your temp before you get out of bed or talk or anything. You need to have at least 3 hours of sleep prior to temping

Things to keep in mind:

The more of a regular routine you have the better your chart will be (going to bed at the same time, in the same bed with the same sheets, room at the same temperature, take your temp in the same spot of your mouth - at the back under your tongue - while laying in the same position). Obviously we can't all have mild OCD so don't worry too much about your routine but keep in mind these are all things that can affect your temp)

Your temps will bounce around a bit. You may have a couple days in a row of the exact same temp. This is all normal and usually doesn't mean anything.

Don't try to figure out what every little dip or spike means. Other than confirming ovulation it likely means nothing.

SOME women have a dip the day they ovulate - not everyone does.

SOME women have a dip the day of implantation - not everyone does.

SOME women have a dip that seems like it might be implantation but is not.

SOME women experience implantation bleeding - most do not.

Your temps may start to drop a couple days before Aunt Flo arrives or they may not start to drop until the day of or day after.

If your temps are still high at 18dpo you are likely pregnant (but really who can wait that long to test! Lol)

Everything we experience between ovulation and Aunt Flo can happen whether we are pregnant or not (even if we've never had that symptom before or it's different) so don't stress yourself out trying to figure out what every little thing means. The only way we will ever truly know we are pregnant or not is if Aunt Flo arrives or we get a positive test. It's called the dreaded two week wait for a reason!

SHIFT WORKERS - you can still temp just make sure you are getting at least 3 hours sleep before doing so (I would say have a temping time for each shift so that you are being as consistent as possible)

{I removed the part about mouth breathing because of the wording, but basically use the thermometer in your lady part instead and follow the same instructions as to when and how to temp}

Some women find temping stressful however I find they stress over it because they are trying to figure out what every little dip and spike means. This is not a stressful practice if you keep in mind that it likely means nothing. Other than confirming when we ovulate our charts do not tell us anything with any real certainty!


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