Post # 1
So I read TCOYF and have begun charting. We’re not going to officially start trying until the winter, but I want to be sure I have a better grasp on what I’m doing and how to read my cycle.
The problem I’m running into is my temps. The book says you must sleep for 3 consecutive hrs before taking your temperature, but I don’t really sleep for 3 solid hours. Ever. I am THE worst sleeper on the planet, have tried every type of prescription and OTC sleep aid, different mattresses and a sleep cycle tracker. Nothing works for me. My largest consecutive blocks are from 10ish – 1ish but not consistently, and after that I pretty much toss and wake up the rest of the night. So far my temps have all been between 97.0-97.4 (except today where it was 96.5).
Does anyone know if it’s good enough for me to take my temp at 5am when we officially wake up even though I haven’t been soundly asleep for the 3-4 hrs beforehand? While I’m tossing & turning, I don’t get out of bed or read or anything.
Post # 3
Im kinda the same way with this. My alarm clock goes off, but I don’t really “wake” up for another 15-30 minutes. Is it still ok to take my temp after this tossing and turning period?
Post # 4
I’m (or was before pregnancy) a fairly good sleeper so I didn’t have this problem. But my best friend who was instructed on how to temp by her fertility doctor said to make sure you take your temp before your feet hit the floor in the morning. I would imagine that if you aren’t getting out of bed every time you wake up, you’d probably be ok. But if you don’t want to get pregnant quite yet, perhaps using a back-up method of birth control wouldn’t be a bad idea right now.
Post # 5
@candicemcc: I agree.
Try to take it the same time every morning and don’t actually get up. Also, you’ll want to rely heavily on other fertility signs–cervical position (softness/firmness, open/not open, location) and cervical fluid. Also pay close attention to see if you get other signs (sore breasts, mittelschmerz, etc). You can also add in OPKs.
EDIT: Also look into Billings and Marquette methods and Creighton Model. They’re a bit different that the sympto-thermal method explained/taught by Catholic diocese’s Couple-to-Couple League and TCOYF.