TTC with an irregular sleep schedule

posted 2 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

mrsclaymls :  I use a mucus only method, both for TTC and TTA. You can definitely TTC without temping if you pay close attention to CM and OPKs. I would do some reading on CM and start trying to pay attention to it ASAP. Lots of people TTC by just having regular sex instead of charting at all, and that’s always an option to. It can take longer if you don’t have enough sex, but if you’re hitting a few times a week it shouldn’t make a huge difference. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I use a Daysy to temp. As long as you get 3 hours of sleep, you can take a temperature (whether that’s morning or evening). It only lets you take one temp in a 16 hour period, but uses data from 30+ years of fertility monitoring to calculate your fertile window, and give you a red (fertile), green(not fertile) or yellow (learning/unsure) light. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

Lots of TTCers on reddit use a Tempdrop, it’s a wearable device that takes your skin temperature throughout the night. Apparently it is more accurate and has a better algorithm (and much cheaper) than Ava! So you could try that out if you’re willing to invest a little. 

Otherwise as long as you have 3 straight hours of sleep your temps should be pretty reliable. You can set a default time in FF like 6 am or whatever so it won’t constantly give you open circles. 

 

I get no CM so I rely on OPKs + temping

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Do you have any reason to believe you have fertility issues?  Most people get pregnant without temping at all.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - California

I use Ava, Tempdrop and an oral thermometer (yes, I realize that is going way overboard lol) but I would say for your situation Tempdrop might work well. I find any of these three methods helpful and seem to work just fine as long as I get four hours straight of sleep (though I may just pick one and stick to it at some point since 3 is obviously excessive). I can tell when my temps are thrown off by lack of sleep so I just disregard those temps. I use OPKs and check CM to predict ovulation and temping to confirm it actually happened. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

zstbee84 :  interesting, do you find all three methods correlate to the same o prediction?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - California

anev :  I have only done it for one cycle so far (in my second cycle now) and I didn’t have the Tempdrop for the first cycle. I found that the Ava and oral thermometer methods as well as OPKs and cervical mucous all lined up the first cycle. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Fellow night shift worker here!  We won’t be TTC until fall 2020 but I’ve come across the same problem in reading about temping.  I don’t think it could work for us!  For what it’s worth, other night shifters I’ve worked with have been very successful either conceiving or not conceiving, depending on their goal, with OPKs and cervical mucus alone.  My plan is to just use OPKs and CM, and then have a ton of sex and hope for the best!

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