(Closed) Advice for first time charter?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Basal temp thermometer – yes, it makes a difference

Temp at same time every day – yes, it makes a difference; and make sure you temp before you get out of bed (keep the thermometer next to the bed)

BD every other day or every third day until you get a confirmed O-date or a BFP!  Don’t stop BDing just because you see a rise in temp, wait at least three days for the chart to confirm the O-date and continue to BD during that time.

Chart other symptoms like CM, soft/hard cervix, and sore breasts.  They will also help you determine your most fertile times of the month.

Finally, have fun!  For the first 6 months just have fun with BDing and TTC.  No need to stress yourself out over TTC right off the bat; most ladies do not conceive the first few cycles so expect that (and be pleasantly surprised if you do!)

Good luck and baby dust!

Post # 4
441 posts
Helper bee

1. Make sure you get a basal body thermometer, not a regular thermometer. You can order the fancy ones online, or just buy a digital one from a drug store or Target.

2. Your charts will be most accurate if you test at the same time every morning. During the week, I wake up at 7 for work, so that’s when I temp. On the weekends, I still wake up at 7 and temp, but then I go back to sleep. I also keep my thermometer under my pillow so I don’t have to move around much before I temp.

3. If you’re a mouth breather, or you find you’re getting really inconsistent temps while temping orally, try temping vaginally. The numbers will be higher, but they will be more accurate. Don’t switch methods in the middle of a cycle though.

4. Try to get at least three hours of sleep before temping. For me, this isn’t a big deal. My temperature doesn’t change if I wake up to pee at 5 am or if I sleep all the way through the night. However, it’s important for some women.

5. Charting is pretty confusing and stressful at first, but once you get the hang of it, it just becomes part of your routine, and you can learn so much about your body!

Post # 5
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

All of the above comments are great. Also, it takes some trial and error to figure out what will or won’t affect your temps. For me, I can get up and pee and hour before temping and it is usually still fine, but if I have more than 2 drinks the night before, it will always be high. And yes, temping at the same time really does make a difference, at least for me. 

I use the free version of the Fertility Friend app on my iphone for charting, and I have the Nexcare BD basil body temp thermometer. I like it because it has a backlight, but it takes a little longer and beeps every 4 seconds while you temp, which some people hate. I had the Target one and hated it, because it would flash the last temp so fast I missed it sometimes. Make sure you get one that recalls the last temp, no matter which you go with. 

I also like to chart other symptoms– cramps, sore boobs, etc, because it’s neat to see the pattern. My boobs always get really sore after O, so it’s like a 3rd confirmation that I Oed for me. 

The first month just consider it a practice run, hopefully by the second you will have a pretty chart.

Post # 6
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Just wanted to add, I see you are in Canada 🙂 I bought my thermometer at Shoppers Drug mart, was like $10. It’s pink, says BBT thermometer on it and I believe was above the condoms and by the pregnancy tests LOL.

All the best!! It’s a great way to get to know your body. 🙂

Post # 7
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with a lot of the above. Definitely a basal body thermometer. Definitely temp at the same time everyday, even if you go back to sleep afterward. I also agree that you should make sure your thermometer records your last temp. Sometimes in the mornings I’m just too asleep to remember it.

Also, don’t be surprised if it takes you a few months to get the hang of it. It wasn’t until cycle 4 of charting that I felt I really understood and could read exactly what was going on.

Post # 8
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@StaceyA:  Good point! I was looking by the thermometers at first (silly me, looking for a thermometer by the thermometers). They were def near the family planning section. 

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