- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
Hi… wondering if anyone can help me. I have had one experience with time-zone change since I started charting 3 cycles ago, and it made a complete mess of my chart–I traveled from EST to PST (so 3 hours west), and I took the advice of my STM manual (to take temp on normal waking the next morning and then keep taking it at the same time while there). I woke up at 7:30 the first morning, so I kept taking it at 7:30 for the 5 days I was there. I usually take it at 7:30 EST. But anyway, my temp shot up from 96.9, which it had been very consistently before the trip, to 98.0 the first two days I was on the west coast, then 97.8, 97.6, 97.5 the following days. My body thought it was 10:30, apparently. When I got home, it was 97.3 for one day (although I took it an hour late) and then went back to 96.9 and stayed there until the normal temp rise. My cycles are really irregular (28 shortest, 65 longest in the last 2 years), so the first “rise” when I flew to California could have been the actual rise for the cycle, because I traveled on cycle day 14. (The only difference is that my rise usually only goes as high as 97.7 or .8, rather than 98.0.) I didn’t find out until I got back and it went back down that it wasn’t the real rise. (Well, I suspected after the 97.6 day, I guess, that it was dropping.)
Anyway, the point of all of this is: Does that happen to anyone else, and if it does, what happens to your temps when you travel from west to east? My next time-change experience will be our honeymoon, and we’re hoping to go to Ireland (5 hours east, I think?). Obviously I have no idea where I will be in my cycle, since it’s still 4 1/2 months away and my cycles are so crazy, but I want to have some idea of whether I’d still be able to see a temp rise even after the travel, if I was on the Phase II/ Phase III border. I am temporarily on a medication where they strongly suggest not getting pregnant (although it’s not one of those absolute no type medications), and I’ll have to be on it for a few months after the wedding, most likely, so it’s pretty important to us not to conceive until I go off it (although not completely tragic if we did). And you know… it would be kind of nice to be able to have sex on the honeymoon is possible… :o)
I will definitely talk to the NFP counselor, too, but the communication there is by mail and has been pretty slow, and we’re hoping to buy plane tickets soon and want to know what the potential charting situation is before we decide for sure. We won’t buy them until after we talk to her, but I was just curious, in the meantime, so we can at least start looking at plane tickets.
My other question is whether anyone has used any hormone-measuring devices. I know they’re unreliable and that you’re not supposed to use them normally, but we were thinking that maybe alongside mucus and cervix signs, they might be a decent third sign if time change threw off the temp sign.
Thanks for reading all of that!! :o)