Post # 1
I just started charting 3 days ago. Maybe its too soon for me to be concerned However I figured I would ask anyways. On January 4th I stated my menstrual cycle. As I regularly do .. spotting, heavy, heavy, light, light, spotting which last about 7-8 days (the first day and the last two being just spotting). I hadn’t received my BD basal thermometer in the mail yet so I began charting 3 days ago (The first day I stopped spotting). In those three days I have randomly woken up at 530am (my alarm is usually set to go off at around 640am) so I grabbed the thermometer which I laid right next to my pillow and took my temperature. In those three days my temps have been:
I have read the book Taking charge of your fertility and I know usually when temps are high it means you are pregnant, but Ive had a full blown period days before.
I did recently (start of the year) begin working out.. in fact I have worked out every day this week around the hours of 6-830pm. We do sleep with the heater on although the heater is right outside our room door which we keep close.
I am not sure If I should be concerned or what this could mean? is it too early to be concerned?
Post # 3
“usually when temps are high it means you are pregnant”
NO NO NO! lol, High temps simply mean you ovulated! Now, if you should be on your period and your period doesn’t come AND THEN your temps REMAIN high… it’s a sign of pregnancy. A week after your cycle however don’t stress.
Because it’s only been 3-5 days since your period ended and you only have 3 temps to go on i wouldn’t worry. It may be that your baseline is higher. It takes a few cycles to really get used to what your true patterns are. Don’t forget, you need to read all your signs together too, so your CM tells you the story about approaching ovulation and the end of ovulation… your temp just confirms for you in essence.
Whether you are charting to achieve or avoid pregnancy, you can’t rely on temp alone.
Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any other questions!
Post # 4
Thank you, I have my yearly pap scheduled for February 9th so by then I should notice if my CM goes as its supposed to.. although I do remember experiencing some of the “whats that on my underwear” in past months (before reading TCOYF) so hopefully it is as you say that I just have a higher baseline.. because here Ive been googling and worried that I may have endometriosis!
Post # 5
Like KLP said, you can’t base any conclusions off of those temperatures alone. What you need to look for is a rise in conjunction with changes in cervical mucus, which together signal ovulation. It could be that you are ovulating now, or it could be that you just have a higher baseline. You can’t know yet because you don’t have even temps to establish a baseline (you need at least 6). Regardless, as long as your sleeping conditions are consistent, it doesn’t matter whether the heater is on. And it definitely doesn’t matter for your temps that you’re working out the night before :). I’m sure everything is fine, just give yourself a little longer to get used to the method.
Post # 6
Thank you chelseamorning I was hoping you would comment! Ive heard you are quite the expert.
Post # 7
Like the others, I say just give yourself some time to gather more data and get used to temping. The heater and whatnot shouldn’t matter as long as you are consistent from night to night. My temp range doesn’t change based on the season.
One thing I have read is that temps out of the standard range can be indicators of thyroid problems (low temps=hypothyroidism, high temps=hyperthyroidism). If your temps over a few cycles seem consistently higher, it might be worth checking in with your doctor, and it only takes a simple blood test to check your thyroid function.
Post # 8
@JustLikeHeaven: Thanks! Also, I meant to type “you don’t have enough temps to establish a baseline” in my post above, not “even temps.” Feel free to PM me if you ever have questions.
Post # 9
I don’t know if I consider that a temp shift. My temps go from 97.1/97.3 to 97.9 after I ovulate.