(Closed) TRYING to control myself!!!

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

1. Thermomenter – you want a basal temp thermometer. It has 2 decimal points, a lower range for temps, and is more accurate within that range. I know some ladies use regular ones, butI like having the BBT ones. They’re not that expensive either. Like 10 dollars and there is usually a store brand. 

2. I like FF more – I like the interface. I feel like TCOYF is dated looking. And I love all of the analytical tools on FF VIP. I swore I wouldn’t pay for VIP but I ended up doing it when I was offered a discount. I’m glad I did, I love those features. 

3. In the morning – right when you wake up. Keep the thermomet and phone,etc on the bed or right near it. You want to move as little as possible. Same time every day is much more accurate. Otherwise you’ll get weird temp fluctuations. 

Random: Not sure if you drink, but drinking massively affects my temps. So I make a point to not drink anywhere near O or AF so it doesn’t get masked aritifically. 

Check out the “TTC – What to expect” thread. It probably has more helpful info than me. 


Post # 4
4284 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@BabyBrain:  Reading TCOYF will help you a TON!!!

She actually says NOT to use a BBT that has 2 decimal places. Only 1. I use the Nexcare BBT. I really like it. I agree with everything else  @Mrs.LemonDrop: said! 

Good luck 🙂

Post # 5
441 posts
Helper bee

I agree with @Mrs.LemonDrop for the most part.

1. I just use a regular digital thermometer, and it works fine. As long as you can see a temp shift, any thermometer will work, although some women prefer a BBT thermometer. I’ve also read that it’s not good to use a thermometer that measure to two decimal places because it makes it harder to see a shift.

2. I use both FF and TCOYF. I like FF better, and it’s my main charting place where I’ll input medication, travel, symptoms, and other stuff. I mostly just use TCOYF to confirm. It tends to be a little stricter than FF, which can be helpful. That being said, TCOYF’s software is pretty annoying, and you can only see three month’s worth of charts unless you pay to be a member. Lame.

3. As soon as you wake up. Don’t get up, don’t talk, don’t drink, don’t do anything other than stick the thermometer in your mouth. Eventually you might find that getting up to go to the bathroom or lying in bed dozing for 30 mins doesn’t affect your temps, but it’s better to be conservative in the beginning. If you wake up at 8am, but your husband wakes up at 7am and disturbs you, set your alarm for 7 as well. Just temp and go back to sleep.

Additional advice: Temp once and only once! Digital thermometers need time to reset, and checking your temps multiple times only causes confusion. Don’t focus on one single temp because you’re looking for a pattern.

Also, if you do happen to start your period before you’re ready to TTC in October, and you decide to take hormonal BC, charting during those months won’t yield relevant data. Taking the hormones will just screw up your cycles again. Really, unless there’s a medical reason or a strong preference, I’d just use condoms or another barrier method since you’re planning on TTC soonish anyway.

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