Temping???

How many others are charting/temping?  I just started a few days ago, and I am a little confused by the whole thing.  How do you tell if you ovulated?  Is it a major temp spike/drop? and if so how major?  I've been TTC for the past 9-10 months, so its all getting a little frustrating for me.  So temping is just another thing to add to my list. Any advice would be great! Thanks!

Posted on December 18, 2009 at 10:10 am
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Are you using Fertility Friend to chart? If you are, you just have to enter your info each day and FF will interpret it for you. When you ovulate your temp spikes about 3/10ths of a degree or more and will need to stay elevated for three days before FF will put your crosshairs up to show ovulation.


If you arent using FF, I highly recommend it, it takes all the guess work out of charting and does it for you.

Posted on December 18, 2009 at 10:21 am
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i agree FF is awesome!  i havent done the tmping thing yet but if i am not preggers (fnd out soon) then i will start.  lol this sounds crazy but how do you temp?  is it like a normal thermometer that you take orally before you get out of bed then chart it? lol

Posted on December 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm
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You can use a normal thermometer, but they suggest getting a Basal Body Thermometer (BBT). This type will give you readings like 97.23 rather than 97.2. I got mine at Walmart for about $9 I think.


My alarm goes off and I roll over and grab the thermometer and I temp orally. You can also temp vaginally, but whichever way you do it, you need to be consistent. The first thing you should do is temp, before getting out of bed, sitting up, talking etc. Since its dark when I wake up, I look at the thermometer later and enter it in FF when I get a chance.

Posted on December 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm
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ive been charting for 4 years now =) if you need ANY help, pm me! youll get the hang of it rather quickly

Posted on December 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm
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Thanks!  I was using a chart that a friend copied for me.  I think she got it out of the Taking Charge of Your Fertility book.  I will try FF.  Thanks!  

Posted on December 19, 2009 at 2:07 am
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Thanks girls!!

Posted on December 20, 2009 at 2:26 am
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I am using a regular thermometer.  It is working out fine for me.  I don't think you need the .XX level of detail personally (vs. the .X level).  If you already have a thermometer, I wouldn't spend the $$ for a different one.  It just had to be an oral one, it can't be one of the ear ones because they aren't accurate enough.

Posted on December 21, 2009 at 1:56 am
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ditto meany on the .XX (hundredths) bit -- my ob/gyn said it was unnecessary, and a BBT that did to the tenths of a degree (.X) was just fine.

Posted on December 21, 2009 at 5:20 am
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Can someone take a look at my chart and tell me if I have O'd already? 


Can someone take a photo 1218287-1


Im sooo confused!


:o/

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 1:49 am
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97.6 is high enough above the other temps to signal O, if it stays high.


Here is what mine looks like if it helps any.


97 6 is high photo 1218442-1

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 2:35 am
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Usually after your temp has been high a day or two, FF will draw crosshairs to show you when you O'd and what your coverline is like on my chart above.  If the rest of your signs are consistent (CM and CP) it will be solid lines, if they rest of your signs are absent or not consistent, it will give you dotted lines.

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 2:38 am
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Ahhh... ok thanks!  So only after a few days will FF detect O.  I guess I am just impatient!  haha  I just wanted to see the lines already!

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 4:03 am
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Yeah, it can take a couple of days for FF to put the lines up there.  I didn't know that my first month either!

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 4:15 am
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I decided to make a slow start with temping and charting too. I'm off BC for 2 months now, and took them for over 14 years. The last 3 years I didnt even had a period anymore, my dr. told me cause of all the hormones Ive been taking.


I was so happy when after 1 month AF was back in all her glory ;) But I have no clue about my cycle, when I ovulate and all that. FI & I are not officially TTC all-the-way (heck, we wont live together 'till Summer '10) but I wanna get to know my body/cycle.


So I'll join ya'all from my next cycle on, I'm totally clueless yet about this (In the NL charting is not well-known yet for couples that arent TTCing for < then 1-2 years. After that the dr. will supply you with info about it). So I can use all advice and help.


@ Jess143, I PMed you.

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 6:01 am

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