New to temping…

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
1193 posts
Bumble bee

knpswp:  I also am TTA. You ideally should be asleep 3-4 hours before you temp and should also temp at the same time every day. 

What I do is set my alarm for 4am, temp, and then fall back asleep. Its definitely annoying, but I have gotten used to it. Its the only way to get consistent temps for me (I temp orally). 

Charting is not easy when you first begin. You need to figure out what works best for you. Once you get the hang of it, its great. I would chart for a least a few months before you have unprotected sex so you can really understand your cycle. This method fails because people don’t know what they are doing (or knowingly have sex during fertile periods!), not because it doesn’t work.

My very first chart was a hot mess. I didn’t realize I was very sensitive to early wakeups and temping at diff times. I assumed I ovulated this month, but I have no clue of the exact day (which isn’t helpful when TTA):

Now, I maintain consistency with temping times. Current chart:


My temps still get thrown off when I travel though, even if I adjust for time differences. It might be a combo of stress and travel however.

Let me know if you have any questions – it can be tough for a newbie and using it to TTA can make it more stressful and confusing.

Post # 5
1446 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You could try just temping when you wake up (even if it’s early) and then using a temp correcter.  The one on Fertility Friend has an option to put in a second temp as well… so if you woke up at 5am, you could list that time, and then your temp at 8am, and it would adjust for you.  It’s not ideal but I have found it to be pretty good.  I think the same time thing is a bigger deal for some people than others– I consistently temped half an hour to an hour off of my “normal” waking time due to waking up earlier some days, and could generally tell when I was ovulating anyway.  If it was approaching O date or shortly after, I’d use the temperature corrector, but otherwise I didn’t bother.

Post # 6
1446 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

KoiKove:  I’ve never heard of that!  Pretty cool.  But I just looked at it more closely and realized that it’s $800!  Yikes.

Post # 9
5812 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

SaltedCaramel:  knpswp:  They have a cheaper (still expensive but cheaper), where you buy just the monitor and pay for the reading service every month. 

Post # 10
1878 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

knpswp:  I was told that you need 4 consecutive hours of sleep to get an accurate temp. So I would take your temp the first time you wake up. I would wake up three or four times in the morning from 5 until my alarm went off, but at that point it wasn’t a deep sleep so my temps would be off. So I think even though you are supposed to take the temp at the same time every day, it’s more accurate to take it the first time you wake up 

Post # 12
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i have fertility friend also but are u guys talking about the membership in order to do that?

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