(Closed) NFP: Right after BCP

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

My temp is consistenly right below 97.  I’m pretty sure that’s normal for basal body temp.  It’s not supposed to be near 98.6…  I’ve been charting for a very short time (3 weeks) but it’s been very consistent.   Pretty much 96.8 if I haven’t had any alcohol.  And almost exactly .5 higher if I have alcohol the night before.

Post # 4
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My temperature is always around 96.7-ish naturally (on BCP but i’ve always had a body temp well below what everyone tells you is “normal”. If you haven’t really kept an eye on that throughout your life, it could be that you are naturally lower.

Post # 7
4038 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m usually in the 96.7 range, plus or minus a couple tenths of a degree. I haven’t been on BCPs in almost a year. But my temps have always been on the low side, never around the 98.6 thats supposedly normal. 

Also bear in mind that your BBT is the lowest temperature your body attains while at rest (sleeping). So you’re probably not likely to hit the high 98s anyway. 

I was worried about the low temps when I first started charting (despite always having temps on the low side) until I looked at some of the chart galleries on fertilityfriend.com. My BBTs seem to be in the normal range. 

Post # 8
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Are you taking your temp 1st thing in the morning?

Post # 10
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Then you should be all good.  Basal body temp is lower than normal body temp.  So you might be 98.6 all day, but 97 after sleeping.

Post # 12
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My temps are generally 97.0-97.7 pre-ovulation and 97.9-98.6 post-ovulation.  I’ve read that pre-O temps in the low 96s can indicate low thyroid function, and in the 98s can indicate overactive thyroid.  But you seem to be in a fine range for pre-O.

Post # 13
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m not charting but I consistently am around 99 even when I’m not sick.  I don’t think everyone is always exactly at 98.6.

Post # 15
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Mine are low too… in the 96s and 97s. It doesn’t matter if they are low when you are charting- what matters is the change from day to day.

So in my case, I start out around 97.2. I dip down to about 96.5-96.7 before ovulation. And then I jump up to the high 97’s or low 98’s after ovulation. So although my numbers are low overall, in comparison to one another, they follow a standard pattern.

Good luck charting. I learned about it through Taking Charge of Your Fertility (tcoyf.com). 

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