I'm very Type A, as I mentioned before and I like to research things and be thorough... so I purchased a basal Temperature thermometer and began charting in December. I started this b/c I knew that it could help us on that fateful day when we decide "let's try for a baby" because by then (hopefully), I would know my body's cycle and be aware of the pattern it was in...and knowing is half the battle, right? I also assumed that with my previously jacked up cycle, it would take months for me to even see any clearly defined pattern.
I didn't realize how helpful it would turn out to be until the episode of "pregnant for a day" turned up... and I realized that I'm doing things right.
*one thing to note, the days where the temp is exact same were days I missed. I just added them in to try to fill in the blank.
Because i missed a few days, the ovulation date is either on the 30th or the 3rd or 4th. But this is the general chart. You will see the red dotted lines that indicate when ovulation occurred and that my temperature continued to increase and that on day 13, is when i had my first positive blood result. On the 18th, it dropped (the day the HCG levels Dropped) and on the 19th it plummeted indicating the pregnancy disappearing.
It is so interesting to me... Basically, as you chart, on the first day you see a spike that stays consistently high for about 3 days, the last day for the low temp is the day you ovulated. It's that Easy. I mean its not, b/c there are any factors that can distort your numbers and change things, but in essence - that is what tracking your temperature can do.
Do i need all this info to survive? Not at all - but for my own sanity and my personality type, I love knowing that I can easily see things on a chart. And now that I'm in the habit of doing it, i find it interesting and intriguing to see what my body does and how my body temperature can reveal that. I'm not ready to do the cervical mucous stuff yet, so for now... bbt charting will have to do
I use the free version of Fertilityfriend.com and the Iphone App comes in handy.
Things I've learned:
1. Always take it at the same time in the morning before you do anything throughout that one cycle.
2. Make sure to get three hours of sleep (i was getting up to pee in the middle of the night, but i guess b/c that was consistent every night, it wasn't a changing factor)
3. Always chart it right away. I always forget the number by the time i wake up again (or if i let 5 minutes pass)
4. Denote if you had drank the night before or anything that changes your pattern, it helps to explain irregularities.
5. It may take months before you get it down.
6. The charting lessons from Fertilityfriend.com that are free ARE very helpful.
Have any of you tried this? Has it been helpful or hurtful? What has been your experience? Are you doing this solely for baby production, or has this also revealed getting in touch with your body as it did for me? What tools have you used to help you on this journey to get to know your body or to have a baby?