Post # 1
I came off BCP in December after being on it for 13 years. We aren’t going to TTC until later this year but I figured I’d need a few months to regulate my cycle. As it happens I got my period back immediately and have had 3 periods so far. I have been using fertility friend to chart just to get an idea of my cycle, but am having a really hard time for a couple of reasons:
1. Monitoring cervical mucous …. I really don’t seem to have much atall! I do occasionally but I don’t see all this eggwhite, stretchy stuff I’m reading about, so I don’t have much to chart.
2. My basal body temparature is completely erratic. It fluctuates by 1.5degrees up and down all month long. There has never once been an increase which FF marks as ovulation, there seems to be no pattern to it at all.
As an aside, my average body temp is seriously low, between 35.5-36.25celcius (95.9-97.25farenheit). It has reached a high of 36.95 but this was a one off and wasn’t linked to ovulation. My thermometer is fine as my DH is consistently at 37c.
I was wondering if anyone else had experienced these issues and found it difficult to chart? Is this unusual? This is all new to me so really appreciate any advice.
This topic was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by Loupyloo.
Post # 2
This is probably a dumb question, but are you taking your temp at the same time every morning before getting out of bed? If you’re getting up to go to the bathroom first or taking your temp at different times, you’ll have a much harder time seeing a pattern. If you are doing it correctly, though, you might want to see your doctor – it could be a sign that you’re having anovulatory cycles.
Also, some women don’t really get much, if any, EWCM. For some, myself included, “watery” CM is as good as it gets – so when I see watery, I know that’s fertile. Mine is usually dry, then sticky, then watery around ovulation, then creamy until the end of the cycle.
My temp is also in that range – I think it’s basically fine. My endo wasn’t concerned and from my furious internet research, it seems like lots of women have low BBTs and no trouble conceiving. I was worried it was a thyroid issue, but my numbers are fine. It’s something to bring up to your doctor, though.
Post # 3
My temperatures when I first started were really really look too (95 degrees). I switched to temping vaginally and have found it much easier. Now there is a clear pattern: 97.2-97.7 pre ovulation and 98.0 – 98.5 post ovulation.
I only get 1 or 2 days of ANY CM a month, so I know that those days are around ovulation time.
Post # 4
I’d second the point about temping at the same time every day. My first three weeks temping I did it first thing, but only after i woke up naturally. That meant anything from 5:15 to 8:00 depending on the day. Now I set an alarm for 5:05 everyday. Yeah, it sucks, but I literally don’t even have to think about it anymore. If you have a good BBT thermometer, you don’t even have to look at the number. It’ll save the most recent temp for you and you can check it when you really have to get up. If you are temping within 10 minutes of the same time each day and your temps are still up and down, there might be an indication of something going on.
I’m not pregnant yet, but I also have an average of about 96.5 morning temp. I haven’t seen/heard/read anything that indicates temps on the lower side are a problem. I didn’t get EWCM until my 5th cycle off BC. Don’t know why…but now I get some for four days prior to O. Even though you’ve already had time for your body to regulate, it might take some more.
Post # 5
I’ve been off the pill for over a year and I don’t get EWCM every cycle and when I do it’s only for a day. I suspect not drinking enough might be a culprit.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies, maybe I wont worry about the low temp.
I do temp the same time daily, slightly later at weekends but always before I get out of bed, as soon as I wake up. No clue why it is so erratic.
Im also not drinking enough so that is something to consider.
i guess I am a bit worried I am having periods without ovulating…is that common? Maybe I shouldnt worry unless I end up having problems conceiving!
Post # 7
I starting charting and looking into natural vitamins.. I came across estrosmart (do not look at estrosense) and it has been fantastic. It has regulated my horomones and has helped make my monthlys the closest to regular i have ever seen. It promotes healthy uterus and breastes, which is somehting all woman should be more educated about specially when wanting to conceive in the future. I would look into this!
Post # 8
Loupyloo: Super embarrasing post here: When I started temping, I didn’t put the thermometer under my tongue, just in my mouth (smh). It made all my temps super erratic and “rocky” and they stabalized to a normal range once I figured that out.
Post # 9
MrsBananas: haha, that is funny! Unfortunately mine is going under my tongue and still totally erratic. This month I am on day 23 of cycle and so far FF has not marked ovulation, I guess because my data doesn’t indicate it. I really hope I actually have!