Post # 1
As someone with PCOS who has TTC in the pipeline, have been charting my cycles for quite a while now. This month me and my partner finally decided to TTC, and obviously I got my first very wonky BBT chart
Some background info: I’ve observed I usually peak around CD 18 – 20 with an average 34 day cycle. I’ve recently had bloodwork done (as in the last couple months) and I have a stable FSH/LH ratio and my sugar and thyroid levels are all normal. So I simply don’t understand why I’m getting such low temperatures that I have never had before.
Here are some of my previous charts:
And here’s for this month:
I thought I finally ovulated when I saw a peak this Tuesday. I checked the temperature again immediately after to confirm and the second time I checked it said something low like 38.07 degrees Celcius. Intrigued, I checked my temperature again the same day right after a shower and it shot to 36.8 degree Celcius.
Do I have a faulty thermometer or is this a really weird wonky cycle? I’m just really upset that my cycles have been consistent for the past while and the very first month we seriously start TTC everything goes haywire
Post # 2
I think you’re looking into it too much. The thing you’re looking for is the temperature shift not the actual numbers.
You could be having an off cycle, could be that you’re stressing is delaying your ovulation slightly.
Post # 3
I don’t see a difference really from prior months? Your first half temps are typically between 36.0 and 36.4. No difference this month from what I can see.
Post # 4
greywacke : Do not compare your temperatures throughout the day to your BBT first thing in the morning. It looks like you possibly haven’t ovulated yet. Sometimes women have anovulatory cycles, or your ovulation is just delayed. I agree with PPs, you’re probably overthinking this. Not every cycle is always the same.
To check my thermometer, I usually sit on my bed or a couch for 30 minutes… then take my temperature about 3 times in a row without moving to see if I get about the same temp.
Post # 5
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It looks like you haven’t ovulated yet and the Tuesday temp must have been a fluke..
Post # 6
Tired adrenals can result in a low BBT also
Post # 7
Are you taking your temperatures orally? Oral temperatures often give a lower temperture because of the wet environment and air flow. You’ll get better results if you take vaginal temperatures because this will give you a more accurate core temperature reading. That being said, my core temperatures are often around 36, particularly first thing in the morning, because this is when your metabolism is lower, and you’ve been less active
Post # 8
Hi bees, thanks for the feedback. Thought I should leave a little update after the Easter holidays .
Just to clarify with a PP, I do check my temperature first time in the morning and not through the day. Obviously that wouldn’t be a true basal temp if I did 🙂 My intention in checking my temperature after a shower was to see if the thermometer is functioning as it should I.e. an increase.
However, after the past few days I think there might be something wrong with the thermometer itself. Over the last few days my temperature has consistently been exactly 36.07. I think is a bit too much of a coincidence, so will be changing batteries or the thermometer itself. I have been using this one for over a year.
Either that or tired adrenals or haven’t O’d yet because of the stress of wanting to conceive like someone else said .
I do check my temperatures orally. Earlier on, I used to do it vaginally but found that I would fall asleep after inserting as the alarm beep would be muffled under the blankets lol. Guess I should invest in one with a memory function.
Post # 9
greywacke : your temps aren’t super low. You haven’t had a temp shift this month which means you haven’t ovulated. It may mean you won’t ovulate this month, resulting in an anovulatory cycle. That happens with PCOS, at times more often than not. If you’re worried about a faulty BBT go ahead and grab a new one and see what it does.
Post # 10
Broken thermometer theory confirmed.
Ended up buying a new thermometer. The new one produced readings consistent with that I know to expect as average normal over the last few months. The older thermometer still produces very low temps (36.07 C). Btw, I know there is going to be a slight decimal difference between the two, but this was a variance of almost a whole degree between old and new when used consecutively. And I ended up having a normal cycle after. Everything is back to normal and I have a nice looking chart this month.
Post # 11
greywacke : I’m so glad you figured it out <3
Post # 12
SeaOfLove : Thank you, bee 🙂 Looking forward to this cycle without the stress.