(Closed) Temping- how accurate is it really!!

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Worker bee

I don’t know what to tell you about taking your temps a few times in a row… Only that I don’t think you’re supposed to, haha.

I’ve found temping to be surprisingly accurate when I do like you say (say time every morning, very first thing, wiggling because I have to pee so bad usually! Haha). I’ve found that even though I’ll have physical symptoms of ovulation, temps say otherwise (and opks confirmed that this month for me). I also saw last cycle my temp start to dip 2 days before AF, knew I was out without wasting an expensive HPT. I’ve found that you’ll get a few weird temps here and there but generally it really does tell you a story about your what’s happening in your cycle. And, it’s more about the general pattern than the temp itself to the 2nd decimal point.

why are you testing multiple times in a row?

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I would stop temping multiples times, just temp once and chart that. I found mine would sometimes vary (although pretty slightly), but my temps always aligned with my OPK’s.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

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tj99 :  Even if your temps varry there should be a defined temperature shift.  Mine before ovulation are up and down but there is still a defined shift after I ovulate. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

How different are you talking with consecutive temps?  0.01-0.1… or like 0.5-1.0 degree?  I never bothered to do consecutive ones to see how close it was cause I’m way too tired for that in the morning, but temping to pinpoint ovulation always worked for me.  The temp shift was always very clear and sure enough 14 days later AF would show.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Are you temping orally or vaginally? Vaginally is supposed to be more accurate.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Temp vaginally next cycle 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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tj99 :  Temp vaginally next cycle, they are much more accurate than oral temps.  Oral temps can be accurate but they are more affected by other factors like movement or mouth breathing.  Very small changes wouldn’t mean much, but you wouldn’t want the temps to vary wildly.  And you shouldn’t temp 3 times in a row, just temp once.  You can post your chart if you want people to see how it looks.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Well.. i find that getting to know your CM is a lot more accurate.. for me anyways as I sometimes sleep with my mouth open.. so the oral temp would be inacurate. I have tried doing it vaginally and it’s too much of a hassle for me so i dont do it. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

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tj99 :  I was the same as you taking at different times and raising my eyebrow. My advice is to stop that- take it once and note that down. I’m using an app that graphs it. Last cycle was only my second after having a baby and it didn’t make much sense but this cycle has been a perfect, textbook graph showing ovulation, the raise in temp then plummet as my period came. It’s pretty cool.

But I’ll say it again- don’t retake any temp and don’t try and ‘average’ them or pick and choose which is a better temp. Let the graph plot itself 😉

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Why are you taking them consecutive times in a row? You don’t need to. Just once in the morning and you’ll be fine.

The difference in consecutive temperatures is probably due to the change in temperature in the thermometer itelf (it’ll be warmer after temping the first time because your mouth just warmed it up), and the temperature in your mouth (even opening and closing it a few times can probably cause small fluctuations in temperature).

But really, stop taking your temperature more than once a day. You’ll just drive yourself needlessly crazy. I’ve been temping and charting for 6 years now, mostly for TTA, and it’s always been accurate when done correctly.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

mine have changed too if i did them multiple times in a row. after a month or so, though, you’ll start to see a pattern where your temp will spike and stay elevated for a few days. my temps range between 96-97.5 – anything over 97.5 me is a spike, and even those have a range.

have you tried an app? i use kindara and it’ll automatically set a coverline once you have enough temps in there so you can see when you spike.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I found it very accurate but I combined this with CM (sympto-thermal method). I knew 7-8 days before my missed period that I was pregnant (before a HPT oculd even show it).

Post # 14
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Worker bee

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summerbride2016 :  pardon my ignorance but what is the sympto thermal method and how does it tell you you’re pregnant?

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