Post # 1
I just recently started using a Basal Thermometer. My husband and I aren’t planning to start TTC until the new year, but I wanted to have reliable chart in place before then. So here is my question. The directions say you should take your temp RIGHT when you wake up, before you move or talk or do anything, and do it at approximately the same time each day. So for me I usually wake up around 6:45 every morning to start getting ready for work. But some days, I wake up between 5:30 and 6 and I have to get up and go to the bathroom, and then snooze a little longer until I get up for real. So on those days should I take my temp as soon as I wake and before I get out of bed to go to the bathroom, or should I wait until my normal time to take it?
Post # 3
@Moose1209: From what I remember, I believe you want to do it once you get up to use the restroom, especially if you know you won’t be sleeping a full 3 hours again. There’s a way to adjust your temps based off how early or late you woke up from your usual temp. time.
Some of the TTC charters may know better, I’m only charting right now to get into the habit because we plan to chart to avoid once we’re married. I also highly recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. They cover all sorts of scenarios and recommendations in there.
Post # 4
The other thing you could do (which I do), is to set your alarm for the earliest time you ever usually wake up (5:30 for you), and every day you will take your temp without getting out of bed and then go back to sleep or choose to stay up. It might even motivate you to get up earlier more often, which is a great way to start the day (in my morning bird opinion).
I’m REALLY enjoying temping…..so fascinating! all this time I had this magical temperature cycle thing and i didn’t even know!
Post # 5
I don’t know how accurate it is, but sometimes when I sleep irregularly and wake up in the middle of the night and take my temp I adjust it using this site: http://www.whenmybaby.com/basalbodytemperature.php
However, I have had very irradic temperatures, so I am not sure how helpful it really is. Maybe some other bees can shed more light!
Good luck to you!
Post # 6
I think the temps only work really well if you wake up at about the same time every day and sleep well.
For example, this weekend, my Darling Husband and I slept in by about 3 hours each day and now this morning when I woke up at my usual time my temp was lower than I expected, but I think it was because I was still in a deeper sleep part of my sleep cycle when the alarm went off. But that’s just my personal theory.
If you have irregular temps, try testing your temp twice in a row. Like, as soon as you get the first beep and look at the temp, stick it back in and try again. I’ve found doing this, the 2nd temp is more what it ‘should’ be. Maybe upon waking at first I’m too sleepy to do it properly sometime (like, once I noticed my lips were open while I tested and it was lower).
Also, if you sleep with your mouth open, you will want to test vaginally. Apparently sleeping with your mouth open changes your mouth temperature.
Post # 7
@cvbee:I do the same thing. I set my alarm for the earliest time I ever wake up, stick the thermometer in my mouth, try not to pass back out before it beeps, take it out and go back to sleep. I don’t even record it then. My thermometer saves my last temp so I record it later when I wake up for good. I love taking temps too! It’s so interesting to me!
Post # 8
On the topic of adjusting temps, I use fertility friend and I was just wondering if any of you know if it automatically adjusts them if the time varies since you have to enter the time you took your temp?