(Closed) Fertility Awareness and Temperatures ??

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@angela2011bride: I take my temp around 5:30 every morning and I tend to be in the 96.2-96.6 pre-ovulation. It was so low I had to modify the form we use to keep track of my temps.  Post-ovulation, it’s only maybe 97.1ish. 

I have no idea if this applies, but is your temperature normally lower? My SIL’s body temp is nearly 2 degrees lower than most people’s, and even after a long active day, mine is seldom above 98.1.  We’re all different!

Welcome to NFP/FAM!  If you go under Catholic, there are a lot of posts about it, even from us non-Catholic girls because many there are also using this. Also, chelseamorning (here on the bee) always advertises that if you have questions, she’ll try to help you out. She’s been using this for nearly 3 years I think and is still baby-free! 

Post # 4
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940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Good luck!  I’ve been charting for a few months now.

My temperature isn’t as low as yours, but it tends to be lower than all of the examples I’ve seen in the book.  I would suggest just charting as best as you can and realize that everyone’s body is different.  It is a drag, though, that the templates Wechsler offers are all above your range…

Post # 6
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818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We used barrier methods the first 2 months after the wedding, until we felt that we understood better what we were doing.  Now, it’s just barrier when it’s an unsafe time or I feel unsure.  My cycles have been really long lately due to stress, so there’s always this random week in the middle where I tell him, it looks like I ovulated, but other things are a bit less sure, so condoms for you.  He respects that.

Good luck, and I hope in March/April, you have good news for all of us!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

@angela2011bride: Hmm, temps that low are a bit odd….but not necessarily a cause for concern. There are potentially some outside factors that could be producing such low temperature readings. Here are some of my thoughts:

  1. When your temperature registers as 95.2-95.5, do you feel cold? From what I’ve read, if your body temperature is actually that low, you should feel really cold. 
  2. What kind of thermometer do you have, and when did you last replace the batteries? You need to have a basal body thermometer. I have taken my temperatures with fever or regular thermometers before and the readings are never as accurate. Likewise, if the thermometer is old, you may need to replace the batteries.
  3. Do you snore or sleep with your mouth open? If you do, this can produce lower than average temperatures in your mouth even though your actual body is warmer. Try taking your temperature vaginally instead. Vaginal temps are slightly higher than oral temps, but the pattern (looking for the rise) would be the same. If you google about this you can read how to do it, that it is indeed sanitary (obviously don’t do it on your period), etc.
  4. Do you take your temperature with your mouth open? Sometimes I fall back asleep while taking my temperature and my mouth will loll open. The readings are much lower if this happens. Try hard to stay awake to keep your mouth shut while taking your temperature. 
  5. How many full cycles have you completed? Are you seeing a temperature rise? If you are seeing a rise and none of the previous ideas makes a difference, you may just have a lower body temperature. Thankfully, NFP will work just fine anyway, because what matters is the pattern of rise, which is a relativistic measure, not the absolute values of the temperatures. 

Good luck and feel free to PM me if you want.

Post # 9
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513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My temperature is that low too. I’ve had bloodwork as well and I don’t have hypothyroid.

 

Weird.

I just started reading that book. It’s amazing. I wish that I had read it earlier. I am sick of the pill. I wouldn’t have been on it so long if I had that book. It’s funny. For so long I tried not to get pregnant and now I want to (sometimes).

🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

My temps are low too! I was actually going to post about this today. I take mine everyday at 7:00 and they’re usually around 96.5-97.2 (on a high day) I’ve noticed that the later I take my temp the higher it is. So if I test at 6:30 instead of 7:00 it’s around 96.3 but if I test at 10:00 it will be 98.7 or something. Maybe it’s because you test early in the morning?

Thanks for the tips chelseamorning. Very helpful!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Mrshudson brought up another factor—the time you take your temperature. Your body temperature is at its lowest early in the morning and then increases as the day gets later. All this means is that you need to be consistent in the time that you take your temperature, because a 5:30 temp and a 9:00 temp will not mean the same thing.

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