When I first started taking my temps they were all over the place too.
There are all kinds of rules: take it at the same time every morning. Make sure it's by your bed so all you do is reach over the second you wake up. Not get up and move around; check the batteries because that can mess it up; if you sleep with your mouth open that will cause it to be different; and if you have sleep disturbances, nightmares, go to bed late, wake up in the night, have to pee in the night, etc it can effect it. :)
You probably knew all that stuff, but I had no idea when I first started so I thought I'd share! :)
GOOD LUCK girl!!
WOW, Thats really great to know this stuff :) Actually I just started charting my temps so some of this is news. I knew I that I needed to do it before I got out of bed, which I have been doing. However, I probably do sleep with my mouth open, lol. And also I am up a bit through the night, so I am sure that is an added interferrence. Quick question thou, when you O, how much should I expect my temp to go up?? I thought it was just a little, if thats the case I am screwed, I would never know :)
*I am also doing OPK's. Any advice on those? As far as time a day? or how often?
Take a look at my BBT it will give you a better idea of how temps work. I've been tracking since March. As for opk's its easier to use digital ones but very expensive compared to the the internet cheapies which are harder to read) If digital take in the afternoon. If cheapies do twice a day (first thing and mid afternoon)
I think it said as little as .2 - .5.
The big thing to remember ( that I could never get down) is that temps are to look at the past and see what happened they are not an indicator for the future...So you can know for sure what day you O'd if you have three temps that are obviously above the others....So you'll be about 2-3 DPO before your temps tell you you O'd...That's why you use OPKs.
That depends on how much you want to. Until you know your cycle, I think they suggest starting them on CD 10. Usually best to take them in the afternoon. THen you do it every day around the same time until you get your positive, I do it until it goes negative again because you can get a positive more than one day in a row sometimes and you O 24-48 hours after your last positive test......Also positive tests are if the test line is as dark or darker than the control..... :)
Now when I use them I wait until CD 15 or 16 to do the OPK because I almost always O around CD 16 or 17.
I'm trying to pick my brain for you :) That's all I Can think about for the moment.
I also did BBT for about 8 months so I've got a bit of chart you can look at. I browse other peoples charts all the times because everybodys charts/bodies are different.
I use the cheap OPKs and haven't had a problem with them. I buy them on amazon . com. But then there are people on here who have had tons of problems with them. It's probably all on the batch you get and how you're body is. I'm a POAS addict so I have to buy the cheap ones because I do it 2-3 times a day and I'll test for 10 days just to see what the lines do out of curiosity. LOL. Then I buy the cheap HPT ones on amazon too because I always tested even thought I knew AF was coming. LOL
Great info, Thanks!!! I will really be referring back to this a lot, I can tell :) I did start opk's on CD10 so I am glad I got that right at least for now, so I know I don't miss it. I just got the cheapies on the net so thanks for the heads up about the dark line! I took mine a couple days ago and it was a really faint line and I didn't think that was a positive, So .. I had my hubby try LOL hahaha there was the same line, so I knew it was just the test. sooo, I am glad I can avoid that awkward question again :) Good to know you O 24-48 hours After your positive, I told DH he might have to rush home from work when I got my positive. soo... another really helpful hint. lol. Well thanks for your time and knowledge this will really come in handy.
HAHAHAHA!!! OMG that's greatness!! I love that he peed on it too! What a great man you have. Oh my side hurts. THat's greatness!!
OH, he *should* rush home ;) You want to get all those swimmers ready to go when that eggs goes. They can live up to 5 days inside, so once that line gets close to positive...get to BDing :)
Any time! :) It's always nice to show this knowledge I've gained over the past year with someone who cares! :) my friends and family are tired of hearing it. LOL
:) I do have a great man....he has done some really embarrassing things for me. lol.
5 days!! thats good to know. Man, I feel so out of the loop with this stuff, I know nothing :) I love info so the more the better. I had to google BFP BFN CD SSBD DPO DH etc... I have been ttc for 1 1/2 years and I never thought of joining a community like this, I am so happy I did :) I too think my family is tired of hearing all this baby talk and ttc stuff. There is just so much to know and so much to say. Oh well, at least I have the girls on here. Well info is always welcomed I will never get tired of hearing it ;)
I agree, thats awesomness that your DH did the OPK test. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I wanted to say, if you haven't bought the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" I would reccommend getting it. Lots of useful info and its such and easy read. Also, From that book, when you have the O temp dip then the spike the next day, you O the day before. So lets say you had a temp of 96.80 monday and then 97.20 tuesday, you O'd on Monday.
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