Charting: Is it normal for temperatures to be so erratic?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@RedPandas:  Its because you are taking the temp at different times. It has to be the EXACT same time every day. So when the temp is taken at a dif time or is unusual its a hollow dot. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@RedPandas:  Yes it really is a big deal lol. I know its annoying.  I get up anywhere from 5-6:30 and that causes a change.  SO i set my phone for 5am, quickly temp and then fall back asleep if i want.  Its totally annoying, but you need to be consistant for the chart to be accurate

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@RedPandas:  but honestly your temps are not fluctuating that much as ALL so maybe i wouldn’t worry abou it. 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yup, unfortunately two hours can have an impact on your temp. I would pick either 6 or 8 and stick with it. I would say do it at 6 am, it only takes a couple minutes, I’m sure your husband can fall back asleep if the alarm wakes him! Mine doesn’t even stir at the beep the thermometer makes anymore

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Swizzle:  +1!

Ya, your fluncuations aren’t that extreme at all

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree, you should take your temps at the exact same time, which for you would probably be best to take them at 6 am when you are first woken up (and if you aren’t then still take it then,) since if you take it at 8 am, then the mornings where you are woken up at 6 am and go back to sleep *could* affect your temp, especially until you get to know your chart and normal pattern a little better. 

I can’t remember the exact number, but I think a difference of one hour is supposed to make 0.2 degree difference (farenheit.)?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Everyone’s chart looks erratic at the very beginning because you only have a few data points, but look again: your highest and lowest temps are less than half a degree apart. It’s because you’re looking close-up at a very small amount of data that the differences seem so huge. Once you get a couple of months of data to look at, you’ll be more able to spot patterns and see what is just ordinary fluctuation within your “low” range and when it actually changes to your “high” range. Hang in there! As PPs have said, it will also help to be consistent about taking the temp at the same time (and, incidentally, going to bed at the same time! A late bedtime can also cause the numbers to vary a bit.)

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@KCKnd2:  +1

I just take my temp the first time I wake up in the morning — usually between 6 and 8.  There are some fluctuations, but it’s still easy to see the difference between my low temps and high temps.  I do not want to be a slave to my alarm clock when I don’t have to! 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This is my 1st month charting too. And I cannot stress it enough how important it is to chart around the SAME TIME every day. Maybe 15-20 mins off here n’ there but no more. This is even in the TCOYF book and any websites I have read. I even put this theory to the test by charting late on weekends and it is a HUGE DIFFERENCE. So I started waking up on weekends just to chart. You would be surprised how easy it is to fall back asleep when you know you have nowhere to be on the weekend. Lol!

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