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August 5th, 2009, 05:15 AM
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I have been doing NFP for quite a while, but the last two months have been strange. My temperature was 97.8 on days 11 and 12, and then I had my normal three day rise in temperature for days 13-15. Day 13 was 98.0, day 14 98.2, day 15 98.3. Then on day 16 my temperature dropped to 97.7. That's very strange, and I don't know what it means. Is it safe to have sex? Could this mean that I will ovulate again?

I am 36 years of age. I have had one healthy pregnancy, no sexual diseases. The other odd thing is that my cycles have always been fairly normal. But the last several have been wildly irregular -- 21 days, 29 days, and 34 days. I am height-weight proportionate. I eat right, exercise, and I'm not on any medications. Please help me understand why this is happening and whether or not it is safe to have sex with my husband.
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August 5th, 2009, 08:50 AM
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It's normal for your cycles to start changing a bit in your late 30's from what they were in your 20's. TOTALLY normal!

As for the temps, if you're using an STM method of NFP then the cervical mucus has to correspond with the temps. One low temp like that could be a fluke - if you slept with your mouth open or kicked the blankets off, etc. Or the 3 highs could be related to illness, or alcohol, etc.

If your mucus pattern met all the conditions for Peak, you can consider yourself infertile on the 4th day after the mucus Peak. If there was anything doubtful about the mucus Peak, then err on the side of caution with these temps...give it a few more days to see what happens.

You cannot ovulate twice in a cycle. The only way that can happen is when two eggs are released within 24 hours of each other, but not days or weeks apart.
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August 8th, 2009, 01:18 PM
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Yeah, I often have a one time or even a two time dip after ovulation. My temp is only backup for me though.

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