(Closed) Well now I’m confused….

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@anotherbee:  My RE told me that unless you are extremely accurate with taking your temperatures, they don’t tell you anything. However, I’m not sure that I’m taking her word on that…my temperatures have always done a decent job of helping me figure my cycles out. I think temping plus OPKs are the best predictor of O, but even still, there are always variables.

Wouldn’t it be easier if our bodies just announced “Hey, I’m ovulating now.”?

Post # 4
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

I am no expert, but my OBGYN said the same thing when I told her we were going to TTC in the New Year.  She said that the biggest thing was to be aware of your CM and BD often!! 

Post # 5
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am a shift worker, and my doctor/OB/FS told me temping was useless for me, because I would never be able to get accurate temps, so I never tried.

Post # 7
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If you use temp with CM, I think it is more accurate. 


Post # 8
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

My doc said the same thing. i was very strict with temping and had great charts– with an obvious temp shift and regular cycles. Even then, my doc said not to temp and that it wasn’t reliable. I liked seeing the charts and keeping track, so I kept doing it. Some docs highly believe in it, others don’t!

Post # 11
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@anotherbee:  it is not a good predictor at all because it doesn’t predict.  But it does confirm O if you follow the rules and have a consistent sleep schedule.

Post # 12
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@JaneyD:  Agreed.  It’s only helpful to identify that you ovulated.  The CM and cervical position are best.  If your cycles are very regular, it can help predict future ovulation but that’s if you have textbook cycles and well, I don’t and don’t know many women who do.

Post # 13
1104 posts
Bumble bee

Temps don’t predict ovulation but they can let you know a) that you haven’t yet and b) that now you have. It’s also what prompted me to to do a preg test – my period wasn’t quite late, but I’d had a couple of extra days of higher temps than usual so I thought it was worth a shot. Also, now I’m about 10 weeks along but haven’t had a scan and still nervous about bad things happening, I still take my temp a couple of times a week to make sure it’s nice & high! Charting my temp plus CM (although I was better at the temp thing than the CM) was good for me to get an idea of my cycle when I came off the Pill, and we fell pregnant within 4 weeks of trying (2 cycles) so I’m a fan 🙂 Obviously most people fall without ever charting anything, so it’s not necessary at all and it’s not for everyone, but I liked it for a lot of reasons.

Post # 14
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I charter for about six cycles before we got our BFP and I found it really helpful and pretty accurate when I compared to my physical signs of ovulation.  There were some cycles when I disagreed with Fertility Friend as to my ovulation date but it was usually only a day out.  Just something to mention, but I used to get EWCM about five days before O, so CM wasn’t a great indicator for me.

I think that like OPK’s and charting CM etc, it’s a great tool when used and viewed in conjunction with the other tools for TTC.

Post # 15
1189 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I had a doctor tell me that it was worthless, too. Well, after trying unsuccessfully for 6 months, I got pregnant on my second month of charting. I think temping and CM are great tools to use to figure out the best times to try.

Post # 16
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

i agree with @mountain.bride @Mrs Green Grass in that temping tells you if you’ve O’d, not necessarily when you’re going to. use all the tools: CM, temp, even cervical position and you have a lot of information. if you haven’t read TCOYF, you should! she explains the issues and whys and hows. i think it’s pretty rad that our body gives us all these clues. we’re TTA now, but i know that the last 4 months of charting is going to be invaluable when we start to TTC.

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