Post # 1
I need some charting 101. First cycle off bcp was 35 days, second was 33 and third was 44. Finally on CD1 and ready to start charting to see if I ovulate (have pcos). I have and read TCOYF and bought a BBT. What I’m confused about is what to look for. (I think during this long cycle I forgot what I read- oops) I know with pcos I might not see a pattern but for a typical person, who ovulates, is it based on 3 temp rises in a row? Also, is it best to set an alarm for the weekend to wake up during your weekday time to temp?
Post # 3
@Kabatchy2be: It’s based on 3 elevated temps in a row, but they don’t all have to be a continuous increase. I’d say if you are doing all of your other weekly temps at the same time, then yes, set the alarm on the weekend as well to keep it all uniform. I never can do mine at the same time so I don’t set an alarm ever, I just take my temp when I first wake up after at least 3 hours of solid sleep and that works for me. I think though that if 5 days of the week are always at one time and the other two are at random times, it will throw off your chart. If you are a mouth breather, you might want to consider vaginally temping as mouth breathing can affect your temps from one day to another (you might be mouth breathing one night and not the next). I use the fertilityfriend.com app to record things. It’s really handy because it has a lot of information on the do’s and don’ts. It also will automatically tell you if it detects an ovulation pattern by giving you solid or dotted crosshairs.
Post # 4
@dodgercpkl: thank you! Very helpful 🙂
Post # 5
@Kabatchy2be: Also, just to chime in, if you chart using Fertility Friend (FF) it will give you “Crosshairs” when it’s pretty sure you ovulated. Honestly, it takes out a lot of the guesswork and is usually pretty accurate. It might change your O date, but in my experience, it’s been correct if it moved it. (It did move it and then move it back once, and ultimately was still right.)
I agree with the PP, just set the alarm on the weekend. I have an alarm set every day and then actually go back to sleep for about another hour.
Post # 6
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I agree with PP’s. Set the alarm for the earliest time you usually get up and always temp then. You can go back to sleep afterwards on the weekends. Also, try to move around as little as possible before you temp. Make sure not to get up to go the bathroom or anything like that first either, temp before do anything.
As for the pattern, when you O you should have a rise of about 0.4 degrees F (though rarely it may be as small as 0.2 F)and temps that stay above this rise for 3 days afterwards. It’s also very helpful to chart you cervical fluid as well. I’ve posted a link to the Fertility Friend website ‘Questions’ page if you want more info. I also reccommend using the Fertility Friend free online chart for tracking your temps. I find it to be much more accurate than the TCOYF one.
Post # 7
@Aqualov: @Mrs.LemonDrop: Thanks! Forgot to mention that I had also joined FF a few weeks ago but was pretty overwhelmed by all the info. Appreciate the tips!