What day in cycle to start temping?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Day 1 is the first day of your period.  That is when you start temping.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it would make sense to start on CD 1.  There’s no harm in taking your temp every morning starting tomorrow because then you at least get into the habit of doing it in time for next cycle.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I started temping the first day of my period. We concevied our first cycle. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MrsBananas:  It would be ideal to start on CD1, but it’s not necessary – just start tomorrow.  If you haven’t ovulated yet (which would be unlikely, but not impossible!), you should still be able to see a temperature shift when you do ovulate.

I’d really recommend going through the charting course on FF.  I think they’ve actually now put it into a book form? And it’s a free download (when I started it was actually a lesson each day for about a month that they’d email to you).  They do a really good job of laying out the basics so you understand what you’re seeing on your chart.

As far as waking up, I just set my alarm for a time that can work for everyday – so if you wake up at different times, pick a time that is at/earlier than your earliest wake-up time.  You don’t have to actually get up after you temp, so don’t worry about “OMG, do I have to wake up at 6am everyday, even on the weekends?!”  It’s important to temp at the same time every morning to get reliable results.  And once you get used to it, you won’t even have to wake up all the way – on mornings when I want to sleep in, I just roll over, pop the thermometer in my mouth, snooze till it beeps, and go back to sleep.

And if you have any questions, come join the Charters thread!  We’re always happy to help or stalk a chart to give advice 🙂

ETA: Links!  I went and checked, and there are several options now for the charting course.  There’s the traditional email course if you want small chunks of info, you can download the whole course in one go, you can apparently listen to audio versions of it, or there’s the eBook version.  Take your pick! 

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/tutorials.html

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/courses/

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MrsBananas:  I want to clarify that I wasn’t being boastful. My fingers are crossed for you!!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsBananas:  This is my first cycle off BC, and I didn’t think I was going to temp/chart, but I got anxious and just like to be in control, so I picked up a basal thermometer and just started temping on CD12.. don’t know if it will give me any useful information for this cycle or not, but I figured (like PP have said), I’ll at least get in the habit!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsBananas:  I agree with PP. Start temping tomorrow just to get the hang of it. 

As for disturbing DH, mine never even hears the beep 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MrsBananas:  I agree with @Glasgowbound, it’s likely your DH won’t even hear the thermometer 🙂 If he’s a really light sleeper, you might want to just pull the covers up over your head while you temp, but the beeping on mine is really soft – my DH never wakes up from it.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I temped every day so that I got into the habit.  Some people don’t temp during the the first half of their period because the temps can be wonky and don’t tell you anything, but I say, just do it everyday otherwise you may forget.  And I did it at about 5:00am.  Just because, if I did it later, I might not fall back asleep.  At 5:00 I’m still sufficiently tired to fall asleep again.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsBananas:  I started temping the day I took out my Nuvaring to watch what happened. I also recommend starting early to get in the habit. These few days since I’ve started, I’ve had issues where I half-dream I am waking up and need to take my temp. Only to hear my alarm go off a few hours later. It’s that impending – ‘need to do it, and don’t you forget it’ feeling that is giving me restless sleep. 

 

Good luck!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I see no reason not to start tomorrow, or as soon as you can. It will get you in the habit and you can actually sometimes pick up a pattern mid-cycle. Any data is helpful!

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