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December 13th, 2011, 10:49 PM
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I'm beginning the process of charting, completely new to me!

I have 2 kiddos (not planned, not prevented) & want a third but not yet. I can't tolerate any form of BC (I've tried a lot!) and I thought I'd give this a try. The earliest I want to TTC is June 12.

All I have is an ear thermometer, but since I'm not looking to hard core chart and all that thought it might serve my purposes? I mostly want to get an idea of ovulation over the next few months because I'd really like to try for a girl. Figure it can't hurt to have a better understanding of my body either!

Anyway, the couple of times I've remembered to temp I wasn't sure which ear to do. I'm a side sleeper, and the ear I'm laying on is always 1.2-2.1 degrees higher than the other ear.

What ear do I use?

I downloaded a free app (My Days) that let's me chart it and other things, but not sure which temp to use.

Thanks! I'm looking forward to learning from you all!
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December 14th, 2011, 06:13 AM
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I don't think using an ear thermometer is going to be accurate enough for basal body temperature. Temping by mouth or vaginally are the only two that are recommended.
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December 14th, 2011, 08:52 AM
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You can track ovulation by keeping a really simpler record of your cervical mucus (just pay attention to how wet you feel during the day, write down what you feel at the end of the day, no need to touch anything). I keep my record at nfpcharting.com

OR you can also keep a temperature record, but you'll need a Basal thermometer for that. Fever thermometers aren't sensitive enough. It's also important to temp as close to the same time every morning, after a few hours of uninterrupted sleep, and before you get out of bed.
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December 14th, 2011, 01:15 PM
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these ladies have good tips for you
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