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September 13th, 2005, 02:28 PM
LaLa's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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The title is just a spin off on iamkcs wild & crazy cervix lol.

Anyways... temperature charting gives us a good indication of whats going on. But occasionally, theres some erratic temps (unusually high) that can sometimes fool us into thinking that Ovulation occurred, when were pretty sure it didnt... or we just dont know.

But - as it turns out, many factors can affect your BBT, and therefore, your chart. It might seem that this is just more evidence that theres a big conspiracy against us TTCers, but rest your pretty little uterus's. Its not Theres a perfectly rational explanation, and if we keep this in mind, we can usually explain our "erratic" temps by looking at whats going on.

What factors influence my basal body temperature?

There are certain factors that can influence your basal body temperature. These should be noted in the notes section of your chart to give you a heads up about whats going on.

These factors will usually not make charting and chart analysis impossible, especially if they occur only rarely, though it may be more challenging. In most cases, even when these factors apply on an ongoing basis, they will not skew your data so much that reading the chart is impossible. It is important to make a note of the factors, however to help with the interpretation of the chart. The following factors may influence your BBT:

* fever
* illness and infections (even those that do not produce a fever)
* cold, sore throat
* drugs and medications
* alcohol (especially in large quantities, though all alcohol consumption should be recorded)
* smoking (if you smoke, you should consider quitting before you are even pregnant)
* emotional stress
* physical stress
* excitement
* sleep disturbances (insomnia, night-waking, upsetting dreams, poor sleep)
* change in waking time
* jet lag
* travel
* change of climate
* use of electric blanket
* change of room temperature
* recently discontinuing birth control pills
* breastfeeding

Most of these will result in higher than normal temperatures. Some, however, such as recently discontinuing birth control pills or breastfeeding, can result in an anovulatory cycle.

Also recognize that light sleeping may result in a slightly higher temp and deeper sleep may result in a lower temp.

Breathing through your mouth (due to nasal congestion or a cold) may also result in lower than usual temperatures.

Thanks for checking in for this short FFF on Tuesday.

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September 13th, 2005, 02:46 PM
Jacquie's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Originally posted by LaLa@Sep 13 2005, 02:28 PM
Also recognize that light sleeping may result in a slightly higher temp and deeper sleep may result in a lower temp.*
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Well I'll be darned! I slept *really* soundly last night, and lo and behold, my temp was lower than I expected this morning! Thanks Lala, that helps.
TTC #1:
5/28/05: miscarriage
08/30/05: miscarriage
01/15/05: misdiagnosed with PCOS
08/29/06: first appt at fertility clinic (was already pregnant with dd and didn't know it)
05/16/07: DD was born

TTC #2:
11/13/09: let's try again!
03/10/10: tests with new OB - everything totally normal for DH and I, no indication of pcos; officially diagnosed with "Unexplained Infertility"
04/21/10 - 10/13/10: 7 unsuccessful rounds of clomid with OB
11/13/10 - 14/23/11: 3 unsuccessful IUI's with clomid at fertility clinic
07/27/11: ER for IVF - retrieved 27; 17 were mature enough to fertilize; all 17 fertilized; 11 made it to day 3 embryos; 6 made it to day 6 blasts. Transferred 1, froze 5.
08/08/11: positive hpt!
08/13/11 - 08/20/11: positive blood test (186), but cramping and bleeding. 2 days later, blood at 275; 2 days later, blood at 21. Inevitable miscarriage.
10/13/11: start suprefact for first FET
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