Post # 1
This will be our 2nd cycle using OPK’s but I am at the point where I want to start charting/temping (7cycles TTC). Other than positive opk’s, I’m unsure when/if I’m ovulating even though I watch my CM. Numerous months with no BFP means I’m still at a loss and feel like I’m loosing time. I’m currently on CD10 and about to enter my fertile window.
So, what cycle day is best to start tempting? Can I start right away or should I wait for CD1? I know it can take a few months to show a pattern but if I start now, will that help this month? …I haven’t downloaded the FF app yet so I have no idea when to start. TIA!
Post # 3
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Day 1 is the first day of your period. That is when you start temping.
Post # 4
I think it would make sense to start on CD 1. There’s no harm in taking your temp every morning starting tomorrow because then you at least get into the habit of doing it in time for next cycle.
Post # 5
@DaneLady: Thanks ladies! That’s a good idea to start now in order to get myself used to the morning wakeups.
Post # 6
I started temping the first day of my period. We concevied our first cycle.
Post # 7
@missfroggy: WOW! You are a lucky lady! Congrats and I’m really hoping for better luck once temping. You will be my inspiration 🙂
Post # 8
@MrsBananas: It would be ideal to start on CD1, but it’s not necessary – just start tomorrow. If you haven’t ovulated yet (which would be unlikely, but not impossible!), you should still be able to see a temperature shift when you do ovulate.
I’d really recommend going through the charting course on FF. I think they’ve actually now put it into a book form? And it’s a free download (when I started it was actually a lesson each day for about a month that they’d email to you). They do a really good job of laying out the basics so you understand what you’re seeing on your chart.
As far as waking up, I just set my alarm for a time that can work for everyday – so if you wake up at different times, pick a time that is at/earlier than your earliest wake-up time. You don’t have to actually get up after you temp, so don’t worry about “OMG, do I have to wake up at 6am everyday, even on the weekends?!” It’s important to temp at the same time every morning to get reliable results. And once you get used to it, you won’t even have to wake up all the way – on mornings when I want to sleep in, I just roll over, pop the thermometer in my mouth, snooze till it beeps, and go back to sleep.
And if you have any questions, come join the Charters thread! We’re always happy to help or stalk a chart to give advice 🙂
ETA: Links! I went and checked, and there are several options now for the charting course. There’s the traditional email course if you want small chunks of info, you can download the whole course in one go, you can apparently listen to audio versions of it, or there’s the eBook version. Take your pick!
Post # 9
@MrsBananas: I want to clarify that I wasn’t being boastful. My fingers are crossed for you!!
Post # 10
@SadieBee: Thank you for that information, it’s so nice to have helpful bees out there. I think I will buy a thermometer tonight and start right away. My O date is approaching so maybe I could be lucky enough to see a difference in the next few days. It would be good to get some insight into when I may be O’ing.
And I really like the idea of the email course and learning small bits everyday. I will look into the app/website tonight. Oh ya, and I just put “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” on my Christmas wishlist 🙂
I was worried about the waking up part, but the way you describe it, it doesn’t seem that life altering. I hope Dh agrees, haha!
@missfroggy: I didn’t take it that way at all, I like hearing good success stories! Thanks 🙂
Post # 11
@MrsBananas: This is my first cycle off BC, and I didn’t think I was going to temp/chart, but I got anxious and just like to be in control, so I picked up a basal thermometer and just started temping on CD12.. don’t know if it will give me any useful information for this cycle or not, but I figured (like PP have said), I’ll at least get in the habit!
Post # 12
@MrsBananas: I agree with PP. Start temping tomorrow just to get the hang of it.
As for disturbing Darling Husband, mine never even hears the beep 🙂
Post # 13
@MrsBananas: I agree with @Glasgowbound, it’s likely your Darling Husband won’t even hear the thermometer 🙂 If he’s a really light sleeper, you might want to just pull the covers up over your head while you temp, but the beeping on mine is really soft – my Darling Husband never wakes up from it.
Post # 14
I temped every day so that I got into the habit. Some people don’t temp during the the first half of their period because the temps can be wonky and don’t tell you anything, but I say, just do it everyday otherwise you may forget. And I did it at about 5:00am. Just because, if I did it later, I might not fall back asleep. At 5:00 I’m still sufficiently tired to fall asleep again.
Post # 15
@MrsBananas: I started temping the day I took out my Nuvaring to watch what happened. I also recommend starting early to get in the habit. These few days since I’ve started, I’ve had issues where I half-dream I am waking up and need to take my temp. Only to hear my alarm go off a few hours later. It’s that impending – ‘need to do it, and don’t you forget it’ feeling that is giving me restless sleep.
Post # 16
I see no reason not to start tomorrow, or as soon as you can. It will get you in the habit and you can actually sometimes pick up a pattern mid-cycle. Any data is helpful!