Question about charting temperature

(10 Posts)
cluecu Thu 02-Jul-15 21:41:39

Hello...lurker here (occasional poster)

I've decided to buy a thermometer and start charting. I know it needs to be done as soon as you wake but is it a huge problem if you're a restless sleeper?

In this heat and with hayfever I can wake up several times a night so when the alarm goes off is it ok if I've not necessarily asleep for hours beforehand?

Thanks smile

cluecu Fri 03-Jul-15 07:31:12

bump smile

marmitemofo Fri 03-Jul-15 08:04:41

Hi clue

I only started temping this month so not an expert but I believe temping after three solid hour sleep is best. however this month I had several restless nights sleep and my temps didn't fluctuate that much (I did temp vaginally so it might be different if you temp orally)...

hope that helps smile

cluecu Fri 03-Jul-15 12:30:29

Thanks smile. I didn't know you could temp vaginally? do I use the same type of thermometer?

smellsofelderberries Fri 03-Jul-15 13:27:01

I have found that my temps don't fluctuate too much either, even if I've been really restless all night and woken 45 mins earlier than normal. I temp vaginally too, as long as it's a digital one you're good to use the same one, though it isn't recommended switching between orally and vaginally mid-cycle.

MrsPCR Fri 03-Jul-15 21:57:59

I find that my temperature is clearly lower before ov and the clearly higher post and I've not been the best of sleepers lately. This morning I woke at 5, normally temp at 6.30. Decided to temp as that sometimes lets me fall asleep again. Laid still for 45 mins trying to sleep, before giving it at 5.45 and temp was only 0.03 higher. Got up, went to toilet and made a tea, took my temp and it was up by 0.4, so that confirms my temp was ok as day temp is always higher. Also whenever I take my temp in the eve, so just my normal temp, it's normally 0.5 higher than bbt at waking, but again, shows clear difference post ov.

Last month I had a really stressful couple of days at work, post ov, and slept 90 mins tops. Temp was higher day temp when I woke.

I don't think the accuracy is there for your day temp, but I have found there is still a clear difference pre and post ov.

I temp vaginally as first proper month was so inconsistent and then quite challenging when I got a blocked nose!! A lot easier vaginally! Have been known to dose off with the thermometer in....

So in response, it might not be as obvious, but I think you will see a pattern.

MrsPCR Fri 03-Jul-15 21:59:14

I think I shove the thermometer up far too frequently. Already had a test this evening.

MrsPCR Fri 03-Jul-15 22:00:35

Sometimes I forget that temping and logging will actually make zero difference to whether I will get my bfp or not....

marmitemofo Fri 03-Jul-15 22:03:33

yes clue you can temp vaginally and I don't think you need to get a special one as such, but however you temp it needs to be consistent and with a thermometer that's accurate to 0.01 degrees. I temp vaginally as I sleep with my mouth open and I've read its not suggested to temp orally in that case as the temps can fluctuate a lot.

BabyBumpHopeful Sat 04-Jul-15 01:24:54

As everyone who has posted so far says they do it vaginally, as an oral temper I thought I should reply smile

I have sleep apnea who uses a CPAP, a "mouth breather" and I sleep poorly (sore back). I still find I have an obvious temp shift while temping orally after I've ov'd as opposed to before. My temps are "rocky" but you should still see a pattern.

I've attached a pic to show you smile

To answer your questions specifically no it doesn't really matter if you "rouse" often during the night, but if you get up and wander around then it will have a bigger impact.

Do it this first month and see if you spot a pattern smile Good luck!!

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