Post # 1
So I’m on my first cycle of charting after coming off of BCPs, and every day I’m temping really low. The chart that came with my digital thermometer starts at 97.8, but I’ve been temping between 97.1 and 97.8 for the past 10 days. Is this normal or is it possible that I’m only registering this low because I sleep with my mouth partially open? Even when I check my temp later in the day, it’s still pretty low. I’d rather avoid temping vaginally if I can. Any thoughts or advice?
Post # 3
@MrsMcGyro: A few things –
- Temping orally if you are an open-mouth sleeper will definitely throw your temps, and will result in lower temp readings. Why the aversion to temping interally? If you need another option, you could try temping in your arm pit or behind your knee or you could get a little kid ear thermometer, but none of those options will give you the accuracy of a BBT.
- Some women just have low temps. This can be a sign of thyroid issues (have you had yours checked?) or low progesterone, but if you are healthy is not a big deal. Especially since you are temping orally and sleep with your mouth open, I would expect your temps to be on the lower side.
If I were you, I would finish out the cycle temping orally and see if you get a temp shift large enough to indicate O. Some women have large, obvious, consistent temp shifts – they can be a bit more lenient about temping. Other women have a slow rise, low post-O temps, or a temp shift that is not obvious. If you fall into that category, I would try temping interally, as it is really isn’t that bad and is considered to be the most accurate way to temp.
Also – check out the Charting thread. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/charters-of-the-hive-part-iii There are a lot of really knowlegable women there and they can give you some good advice about temping and recognizing a temp shift.
One more thing – are you using an online charting tool like Fertility Friend? If not, I highly recommend it. It completely takes the guess work out of charting.
Post # 4
My temp before O is always in the 96’s and I sleep with my mouth closed so you are ok! 🙂 I would check out fertility friend. It’s a great online site for charting, much easier than paper. You can get a free version or pay for VIP. This is what my chart looks like – I can help you with questions 🙂
Post # 5
I have low temps. 97.8 would be above my coverline most months! The first part of the months I temp in the low-97s and high-96s.
Here’s my charts, I never get up to the “normal temperature” of 98.6 even on my temp-spikes. – http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/370c26
Post # 6
I had really low temps before my BFP. My pre-O temps were always in the 96s or even sometimes the 95s. I have a lower than average body temperature to begin with AND I’m a mouth breather. My hormone levels were tested and within normal range, I’m just a cold person I guess. What matters is that you see the temp shift. I would give it a few months to let your body regulate and check your charts to see if you’re getting the shift before I worried too much. This is my chart the month of my BFP, you can see how low my temps can be.
Post # 7
I typically temp low, too. I was told it isn’t so much the temp that matters, but the pattern that you begin to establish.
Post # 8
Thanks guys. I have been entering my info into FF as well so it looks a bit more like a normal chart there, but I just found it strange that the paper chart would start so high if it was common for women to regularly have low basal body temps. It was probably made by a man….
I’ll keep doing what I’m doing for the rest of this cycle and see if I O.
Post # 9
My temps are about the same. Usually a 97.5 – 97.8 before O. I just had my thyroid checked recently and it was normal, so I don’t think that it always indicates a thyroid issue.
Post # 10
I’m just starting to chart and had the same question. I have been at 97 for the past 3 days. I will check out FF tonight.
Post # 11
@desertgirl: lol I was 95.1 today! Clearly I won’t be ovulating this cycle!