Post # 1
I’m starting temping and charting when my next cycle begins, I tend to be asleep by 10PM and wake up for a pee at around 4AM before dozing for another couple of hours. What I think I need to do is keep the thermometer right next to the bed and temp very first thing if I wake at 4. If I do sleep through til 6 or even 7, will this be consistent enough? I want to ensure a decent amount of sleep before temping. TIA!
Post # 2
They say to take it around the same time every day, but honestly if you take it right when you wake up with at least 4 hours of sleep you should still be able to see a pattern…a temp shift. In your case I would temp right when you wake up, whether it is 4a or 6a and make note of the time wherever you are recording it.
Even with me working nights, evenings and days with wakeup times around 8-10a, 4p or 5a I can see a pattern in my temps. I use the Ava so it’s a little more accurate when I put it into fertility friend app (Ava says I O’d this Wednesday but it’s pretty clear that I did on last Friday when I had my IUI) than when I used a cheap BBT. And it’s less stressful for me to use that.
Post # 3
As irritating as it will be, I would set an alarm for 4am, and consistantly temp at this time. This is actually exactly what I did. My dog will awaken between 5-6am, so I would set my alarm every day for 4am, assuring consistancy and guaranteeing my 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Honestly, I would take my temp, wait for the beep, and just put the thermometer back until I actually awoke, when I would review and chart.
Post # 4
I have a similar sleeping pattern (waking up 1.5-2 hours before my actual wake up time to pee) and while TTC experimented with this a bit. I’ve tried temping when I get up to pee (varies), when my alarm goes off (at a set time, but without a guarantee of more than 2 hours of straight sleep before hand), and both, and compared how my charts looked.
In both cases, I could get a clear temp shift but I actually found my temps were most consistant when I temped at the exact same time each day, regardless if I slept 4+ or 2ish hours beforehand. It kind of surprised me because before comparing it, I assumed more sleep would equal more stable temps. But again, both methods worked so I would do whatever is easiest for you!
Post # 5
I would give it a try for the first month and if you don’t see a clear shift then you can do what pp said.
I normally woke up and temped at 7 but if I woke between 4 and 7 to go to the loo, I would temp then. For me the pattern was still clear
Post # 6
Thanks ladies, really helpful responses. D.H. is having a vasectomy reversal in September so we should have a clear pattern of temp shifts by the time we knuckle down to TTC 😀
Post # 7
I used to take it when I woke up regardless of what time that would be (I slept in on the weekends) and I was always able to see a pattern.
Post # 8
I have to wake up to pee 2-3 times a night. The last time would usually be around 4-5 am and my alarm is for 1.5 hours later. I just temp when my alarm goes off. Never had an issue capturing the thermal shift. I would however strongly recommend temping vaginally for more reliable temps.
Post # 9
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Temping at 4 seems to be a good idea. I have been trying to wake up consistently at 6 to temp but sometimes I wake up earlier and have to use the bathroom. So if I wake up earlier, I just temp at that point because I’ve usually had at least 4 hours of sleep before that. I am also using Ava and Tempdrop to see if either of those work just as well. If either/both work just as well I may stop using my oral thermometer but so far it’s actually been super easy to use all three and they seem to be showing ovulation roughly around the same time (though Ava seems to have been a little late to the party this month). Since it only takes me about 5 minutes to check my temps using these three methods and input my temps into my apps, I don’t have a strong incentive to pick one at the moment.