Post # 1
I began charting over the new years. So far it’s been going okay, but lately I have notced that the temps I have been getting from my thermometer have been really screwy. Most days I have been checking my temp at the same time (or within 5-10 minutes of that time), and have not been drinking any hot or cold beverages before taking my temp. My first reading will be really low (usually around 96 degrees F) and each time I take my temp it will get increasingly higher.
Before I invest in a new thermometer is there anything I could be doing wrong, or that I am over looking? Or could this just be typical?
Post # 3
@auggiefrog: I would stick with the first one that you get, I know the more you move around and are awake it will change the temp to higher. Is there a reason you are taking it more than once?
Post # 4
@octoberbaby: Thanks for responding. The first temp I get just seams really low. But then again, I always feel like I run a few degrees colder then everyone else. I’ve been taking another temp, right after the first, to see if that low temp is consistent. It very rarely is. Sometimes it goes up a degree in just a minute. That just seams like a big leap in a minute or two.
As anoying as it is, I might just get a second one thermometer. At least I can rule a bad thermometer out if my temps continue to be so inconsistent.
Post # 5
@auggiefrog: Absolutely. I would stick to the first one and try and see the pattern that comes out of it. Which is why fertility friend always suggests 3 hours of consecutive sleep, once you start moving around your temp will go up… Before ovulation your temp will always be low. Please join us at Charters of the Hive under TTC, amazing support and you can ask all the charting questions you want 🙂
Post # 6
Usually your first temp will be really low – as your cycle progresses and your body makes more progesterone your temperature will increase. Your morning temp might be: 96 degrees but a couple weeks later (because of natural hormonal changes) your temperature might spike to 98-99+ degrees indicating ovulation. Your temperature will stay elevated until you get your menstrual cycle – and then it will fall again. If you should become pregnant generally your temperature will stay up.
Post # 7
Do you sleep with your mouth open? Sometimes that can really affect your temps, and you may want to switch to temping vaginally.
Post # 8
@auggiefrog: Honestly, that’ seems normal to me. If you’re taking it at the same time, don’t take it again after. And the 96 range is a totally normal pre-O temp. I had low-to-mid 96s for the last few cycles I charted, and we still got a BFP almost immediately after starting to TTC.
Have you checked out the Charters thread? Those ladies are amazing and super helpful.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
I thought I was weird because my BBT ran hot. I also started temping vaginally because I know that I mouth-breathe and often need water during the night. My temps were sometimes variable, but over a few months I still got a good pattern — ESPECIALLY coupled with charting CM and cervical position — that showed me I was ovulating.
You might consider temping vaginally… it’s not the worst thing ever.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@auggiefrog: I have confirmation from my doctor that I consistently run a degree colder than the normal 98.6 degrees so my first temps in the morning were always 96s to low 97s. It did help show the ovulation shift because I would finally cross into the 98s after ovulating. Always use your first temp because once you wake up and start moving around, your temp is going to rise a bit from the movement and just being awake.