(Closed) NFP Temp-Charting question

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

You don’t need 8 hours, but you should have 3 hours of rest and take your temp within 1 hour of the same time each day.

My husband and I agreed that 5:30 would be the best time for us since he gets up at 5:30 4 days a week. On the 3 days a week when he isn’t up at 5:30, we set the alarm to go off, wake up, take my temp, he charts it, reset the alarm and we go back to sleep. All in all, we are awake less than 5 minutes. I’ve seen that my temp has been what I expected, going up 3-5 tenths of a degree from the time I ovulate until my period begins. There are some nights when I barely get those 3 hours, but I do make sure that I am at least lying down 3 hours before temp time.

Hope this helps answer your question. I use Taking Charge of Your Fertility to keep track of everything.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Chart at the exact same time every day. For me, I set the alarm on my thermometer to go off at 7 AM. On weekdays, I just get up afterward. On weekends, I just go back to sleep afterwards. Every hour late increases your temp by 1/10th of a degree, so if you were to take it say 3 hours late on the weekends, you would see all these inaccurate 3/10 degree peaks on your chart. This will make it extra hard to determine both where your coverline should go and also when your temp spikes.

Post # 6
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2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

While you are getting off BC, temp at the same time every day. Make a note in the margin if something was funny (you got up a lot during the night, drank a lot the night before, woke up late, etc.) so that you can take that into account if the pattern looks off.

Regardless, while you are getting the hormones out of your system it will probably be hard to see a temperature pattern. It was for me for about 2 months getting off BC. Give it a few months and you should start to see the rhythm and get a feel for what your normal temperatures are for certain parts of the cycle. Like pre-ovulation my temps are usually around 97.6-97.8 and post-ovulation they are 98.2-98.4. Yours will be a little different though I’m sure, but the 0.4-degree difference will be the same.

Now that I have been doing this for several years, I find that taking my termperature a bit late does not really impact my readings. But before you get lazy I would try to be very consistent about it! Also, Taking Charge of Your Fertility is not a book about TTC; it just explains the charting method for all situations. You can probably find it at your library if you don’t want to spend the $. 

Post # 8
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818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

The book is worth it, even if you’re not trying to conceive. We want to wait a few more years before planning on kids, but the book has several chapters of your body’s signs and using those for birth control.  Barnes and Noble had it for about $25 and it was utterly worth it. You could probably get it for about $15 if you have a Borders coupon and get it through them…or perhaps through amazon.com? 

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