Post # 1
Thanks for listening to my rant. I also need a question answered from experienced charters (last line if you want to skip my story).
So, I’m totally new to this charting temperatures thing.
I thought my temperatures were rising on Tuesday-Wednesday, so on Wednesday-Thursday, I was a bit tired and decided not to BD because the window of opportunity had passed anyways (assuming I ovulated on Monday or something). We’d been doing it every day, sometimes twice, for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, so I was ready for a little break.
But then this morning I got a temperature dip below my usual pre-ovulation temps. Then when we were BD this morning I’m thinking, now’s the time. But Darling Husband was too groggy and said he couldn’t do it. (To his credit I didn’t tell him about the dip).
Now I’m a grumpy princess because I think we missed the time.
We have 5 minutes now before we have to leave for work, and I told Darling Husband about my concerns and he said that we could BD right now, but clearly this would make us totally late, seeing as he is totally not ready for work at all.
I was wondering: if my temperature dip was this morning (Friday), when was the time that we should have been BDing? (My guess is Wednesday night or Thursday…which is when we didn’t….grr).
Post # 3
Try not to worry. I’m new to charting too, and I think it will take a few cycles to get the hang of it and predict better. Good luck!
Post # 4
I would not rely on a temp dip alone to signal ovulation is impending.
The best predictor is previous cycle length. Since you are new to charting, next month you will have a better idea of your O day.
I would also suggest getting OPK’s so that you are better able to pinpoint the days that you should BD, based on your LH surge. You don’t want to wear yourselves out during a week that isn’t your “good week”.
Best of luck to you!!
Post # 5
Don’t rule today out totally. Usually we BD’d in the days leading up to ovulation but when I finally did get pregant, that month we didn’t stop BDing once I ovulated like usual. Could it have had something to do with it, you never know. And don’t get down on yourself. Some months timing just wont’ work out and you just need to look forward to next month.
Post # 6
I agree with @panterapeach –
I would not rely on the dip alone to indicate ovulation is ahead. Of course, it may, but it also may not. I also agree not to wear yourself out before it may be the right time. I think it is safe to BD every other day until you know your cycles and can BD every day around when you think you ovulated. If you BD every other day, you should still catch it. Also, even if the dip is accurate, you can still BD tonight and probably be just fine.
Post # 7
There can also be an implantation dip. Were all of the temps above your coverline? That’s the important part. If your temp rose, you prob already ovulated.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies. Now that it is afterwork time, I have some distance from this morning and I feel better.
We’ll definitley BD tonight, in case. And also just because it’s fun for Friday!
I like the ‘every other night’ rule until I figure out the cycle thing. I just thought that the up temps meant the magic time was over.
I’m so new to charting that I’ve only charted one week at the end of last cycle, leading into this one, and then took a couple weeks off, and then I started charting again this week. So I guess I’m trying to apply accuracy to something I don’t really understand yet. I think it’s too early for an implantation dip.
How about this: it was cold last night and I think maybe I needed another blanket. Would that make my temperature lower?
Post # 9
You definitely can’t judge based on a single temp or two. You need to get a temp just about every day from at least week 2 of your cycle…. Lots of things can affect temps though.