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Sn0wGoose Fri 12-Aug-11 11:29:52

Hi - this is my first topic post, though I'm a long-time lurker grin)

Been TTC for 5 cycles, since coming off cerazette in March. I bought a basal thermometer yesterday and thought I'd start charting from today, even though I'm on day 22 of my cycle (usually about 27-8 days long), just so I'd have some kind of benchmark going forward into next cycle.

Now I totally wish I hadn't -- it's cycle day 22 and my temp was only 36.42, taken at 7am this morning; I've had a squizz at FertilityFriend's gallery and can't find any charts that are that low post-ovulation, and I'm now worrying myself that I'm just not ovulating post-cerazette. I could cry 8*(

Currently surrounded by toddlers and pregnant women and if I'm honest I'm panicking I've just left it too late (I'm only 27) even though I know that's horse poo.

Sorry - it's a bit of a whinge/rant/panic really, isn't it? But any positive basal advice or words of encouragement would be oh-so welcome!


Sn0wGoose Fri 12-Aug-11 11:32:18

(clearly a bit of pms sneaking into that post ha ha)

SaulGood Fri 12-Aug-11 11:33:30

Desist. Put the thermometer away. Get it out again on the first day of your next cycle and have a look at what happens throughout your cycle.

There are approximately 3,453 reasons why you might have had a low temp today and a further 563 reasons why that might actually be a post-ovulation temp for you.

Calm down a bit, 5 cycles is nothing. There's no reason atm to assume anything's wrong. Put down the thermometer, switch on the kettle and have some cake.

joycep Fri 12-Aug-11 12:14:41

I echo Sauland put it away until next month...And you have nothing to compare your temp this morning with what it is pre-ovulation. Your body temperature may be lower than other people. For instance, mine often goes below 36. I also don't think 36.42 is that low personally. My first chart I did lsat year my post-ovulation temps never went above 36.45 and I got a bfp that month. So don't panic!

Sn0wGoose Fri 12-Aug-11 13:28:50

Thanks both, I know you're right!! I shall go and make cookies, stop obsessing, stop getting upset over everyone else's baby/bump bragging, and if-and-when AF comes shall just be glad that I can have a few sneaky wines that week :d

Imps7 Fri 12-Aug-11 13:52:24

Just a tip for charting purposes Snow - I find that alcohol raises my temperature massively, so I don't chart my temperature the morning after the night before - it really confuses FF (and me!!) Not sure if it has the same effect on everyone, but I get much easier-to-read charts if I leave out booze-affected temps.

Good luck!!

Sn0wGoose Fri 12-Aug-11 14:12:04

Ooo thanks Imps, that's really useful to know!

desperateoldie67 Thu 18-Aug-11 08:19:47

Don't panic...My temps don't go very high at all...and I very clearly ovulated this month - don't know if you can look at this:

desperateoldie67 Thu 18-Aug-11 08:22:02

Bugger, no, it just gives you the login screen. I was going to show you my chart for this month.

Start on the first day of your period and chart from there. You'll start to see a pattern emerging smile Until then, where's those cookies? Hand 'em over! grin

Sn0wGoose Thu 18-Aug-11 09:20:06

Thanks desperate -- it's actually gone down since then, so I assume I OV'd and my temp is now dipping towards AF (due tomorrow). I shall keep going and hopefully pinpoint my OV next month smile

hands around cookies grin

desperateoldie67 Thu 18-Aug-11 10:23:51

I'm only coming to the end of my first month of charting, and it's been a bit of a revelation to be honest. I have a regular 28 day cycle, but found out this month that I VERY clearly ovulated on CD12 - it couldn't have been more obvious with the huge dip in temperature and then on the following day I got crippling pains which I very rarely have. So I wonder now whether I OV every month as this month it was very obvious that I did. Not only did I have chronic pain but I was horribly hormonal - poor Mr Desperate!

Since then I had another large temperature dip at 7DPO and my temp has gone up again and now it's up and down by about .25 of a degree each time, so who the hell knows what that's all about? I guess I'll have more of an idea next month (if I strike out this month).

Cheers for the cookies - I'm eating carbs like they're going out of fashion at the moment! smile

havealittlefaithbaby Thu 18-Aug-11 10:38:43

I'd really try not to worry too much. With charting you need to see pattern over a matter of months. You can't really tell from an odd temp. I was worried I wasn't ovulating due to low progesterone results and irregular cycles. Charting put my mind at ease but it took a couple of months

havealittlefaithbaby Thu 18-Aug-11 10:41:57

I'd really try not to worry too much. With charting you need to see pattern over a matter of months. You can't really tell from an odd temp. I was worried I wasn't ovulating due to low progesterone results and irregular cycles. Charting put my mind at ease but it took a couple of months to see a pattern. I'll link my charts here so you can have a look at my last couple of months (nb I'm having a month off this month). Hth. There's a charters thread of you wanna come on over.

Sn0wGoose Thu 18-Aug-11 10:43:50

That's really interesting!
I had a big spike a few days ago, but I'd had a few glasses of vino the night before - it was interesting seeing what a difference it made - assuming that was it!

I also sleep with my mouth open (sorry, doesn't make me sound very sophisticated does it ha ha) so I think maybe that might account for the very low temps

havealittlefaithbaby Thu 18-Aug-11 12:07:06

As long as you always sleep with your mouth open the overall pattern should be okay! But try not to compare with other people. My temps vary from month to month as well.
Last month I did one temp at 9am (rather than 6) after a crazy drunken day..I had a massive temp spike! I had to delete it in the end FF couldn't pinpoint when I ovulated til I deleted it.

Discolite Thu 18-Aug-11 22:58:33

I wouldn't worry too much. My chart (the third one I've done) is much spikier than the last two, which I can only put down to being off work (I'm a teacher) and so I'm waking up at different times. As for 27 being too old, pshaw! You've got lots of time! Have a look at my chart from last cycle (if it works), I clearly ovulated but most of my post-ovulation temperatures are around 36.4

[url=]My Ovulation Chart[/url]

And havealittlefaithbaby, I had to do exactly the same thing last month. Only mine was a saki and sushi fuelled evening. Saki is dangerous stuff.

Discolite Thu 18-Aug-11 23:03:33

Darn, it didn't work! But having had a closer look at my chart, my first post-ov temperature was 36.32 and it peaked at 36.50 so it may be that your usual bbt is a bit lower than average like mine seems to be.

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