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September 8th, 2011, 03:07 AM
BBKT's Avatar Veteran
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Hubby and I are on cycle #3 of TTC#1. I decided to start temping to be sure I was ovulating and to help pinpoint it. I read the FAM book and understand the process and methods of temping and charting. I figured it would be difficult for me to do because of my weird work schedule, but I'd like to give it a shot anyway.

Here's my chart so far

I work different hours and shifts, sometimes late evenings or nights, sometimes mornings. So I've tried to temp around 6:20am every day, but sometimes end up doing it as early as 4:30am or as late as 8am. I still haven't found a good routine that lets me get a solid several hours of sleep before temping. Sometimes I'm up at 5am to use the bathroom, so I temp then.

I'm also wondering if some other things could be affecting my temps. Could late night sex cause higher temps in the mornings? What about sleeping under an open window on a hot or chilly night? It usually drops to 50 or so in our room at night, but quickly rises to about 70 when the sun comes up. Darn summer heat.

Does anyone have any tips or suggestions about how to regulate my temping? I still want to do it, but I'm looking at all these crazy ups and downs and I'm wondering if I shouldn't even bother.

Thank you!

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September 8th, 2011, 07:46 AM
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September 8th, 2011, 09:09 AM
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You can track ovulation just as accurately with mucus only, if you find that getting an accurate temp record is difficult. The temps won't tell you when you're fertile anyway, they only confirm ovulation after the fact. The mucus is what tells you when to BD. Here's some information that:http://www.woomb.org/learningBOM/B20...nstruction.pdf

But to answer your questions, here are things that can affect temps:
1. Temping at different times
2. Alcohol consumption the evening before
3. Extra blankets, hot water bottle in bed with you, etc.
4. Open windows
5. Mouth breathing
6. Getting up to have a drink of water or something before taking temperature
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