Post # 1
Two months ago if you had said I’d be temping, I’d call you crazy, so I really can’t believe that I am actually doing it, much less asking a question about it!
I have been taking the *awesome* courses at Fertility Freind. While they are awesome, they can get tougher than a calculus test for me when it comes to reading the chart. Anyway, I started temping a few days ago. On FF, it said to take your temp at the same time every morning, before doing anything, and after at least 4 consecutive hours of sleep.
I had no problem waking up at 6:40 on the weekend to do this and then going back to sleep. I found this morning that it was a little more difficult. At 5:35 I had to pee after the dog woke me up with his howling. I really had no choice but to temp at that time, so I could get out of bed and let the dog out.
Should I temp at 4 then instead? I will at least have 4 good hours of sleep then with no interruptions. The only thing is I think my husband might KILL me if I wake him up with my alarm every morning at 4 just to temp. How touchy is this temping stuff honestly?
And if anyone can break down when you ovulate (in relation to temps) in very simple terms that would be great too. I think I am grasping it, but this charting stuff isn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. Hoping that despite these little road bumps, I get my BFP soon 🙂
Post # 3
It really depends on your individual biochemistry, and you won’t really know how much it matters until you’ve been charting for a while. With some women, it doesn’t matter very much if they take their temperature a little later or earlier than normal, while with others it can really throw their numbers off if they don’t do it at exactly the same time.
Reading the charts is challenging in the beginning. They just look like a bunch of messy, fairly random data points until you’ve been doing it for a while – then you start to be able to see through the data points to the underlying patterns. Hang in there, it will get easier! The key thing is to spot when your temperature rises. That’s what indicates ovulation.
If you don’t already have a copy, Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Wechsler is a really helpful resource. I haven’t used Fertility Friend, so I don’t know how closely it duplicates the book’s contents, but I’ve found the book to be really helpful.
Post # 4
Have you been TTC for a while with no success? If not, I really wouldn’t worry about temping at the exact same time everyday.
Post # 5
@megz06: There is a temp adjuster tool on FF so that if you happen to need to take your temp earlier, you can do so and then keep on temping at the later time for the rest of the week. But the adjuster isn’t something that you should rely on all the time so if you think this will happen often, maybe temping early may be better?
Post # 6
@KCKnd2: Thanks! I will check into that.
@MrsWBS: This is our 2nd cycle actively TTC, but our 4th cycle alltogether. The first 2 cycles we were NTNP. Perhaps I just need to keep doing what I am doing for a few months and see where I am as far as temps go, and if I can’t get a good read then I can be a bit more proactive.
@AstoriaK: Good to know. Thanks! Maybe I will just have to temp earlier I guess.
Post # 7
@megz06: Oh the crazy world of charting! I would only use the temp corrector if you are desperate! Sometimes it’s less accurate then the later/earlier temperature. Usually Fertility Friend can find your pattern through the mess of temps! If you would like, join us over on the Charters of the Hive threads for more support and questions!! 🙂