Explain Temping Please

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Kelleyb - January 28

I"ve been reading about all the wonderful women on here who are temping. I have no clue how to do it. Is there a speical thermometer I need? When do I start? How do I track it? What does it all mean? We just started ttc this past month and I was going by whenI think I ovulated. Someone toldme that the best way to determine when I ovulate is by temping. With that said, I would like to start doing this. I just started my AF today so I'm note sure if this is a good time to start. I'm pretty sure I heard I was to start temping on CD1. Thank you to all. Good luck to everyone!


bsing123 - January 28

Yes, you need a basal therm that measures to the 100th of a degree. You should take your temp at the same time each day before you get out of bed or do anything. FertilityFriend.com has good, free chart software.


Harriet - January 28

Hi Kelleyb, firstly a word of warning, this whole temping/ charting/ forum thing is totally addictive so you need to remember sometimes to get off the computer to actually bd (babydance)! Ok, now that is out of the way... You should buy, as Bsing said, a Basal Body Thermometer (BBT), it may be advertised as a fertility thermometer, they are cheap & can be bought at any pharmacy. The BBT is more accurate than your regular fever thermometer & will therefore give you exactly the info you need. You should take your basal (resting) temperature first thing on waking, preferably following three hours of consecutive sleep (people that wake often or work shifts may not see such a clear pattern). On waking, before getting up, taking a drink or talking, take your temp, a digital thermometer is great as it will beep to tell you it has reached its peak. Great for those groggy early starts! Take your temperature at the same time each day, variation by more than about half an hour can change your reading quite significantly. You can take your temperature orally, which is more often the best option, or v____ally, but once you start you must continue that method. You can track your temperatures and also other signs of fertility at fertilityfriend.com for free. It is only AFTER ovulation that you will be able to see a rise in temperatures that will confirm that O has occured, so it will take a couple of months to determine your usual 'O' pattern & other signs such as fertile cm. I hope this helps, there is a lot to take in & it does seem complicated at first but you'll soon be a dab hand. You can also see other peoples charts & compare them to yours. My FF address is fertilityfriend.com/home/korky stalk away & the best of luck.


VenusdiMilo - January 29

And might I add that you will probably need to use OPKs (ovulation predictor kits) as well to cross-check with temping. The two seem to work hand-in-hand. You see, the presence of increased amounts of LH (Luteinizing Hormone) in your urine is detected by OPKs, and usually means that you will ovulate within 12-24 hours but this can vary slightly depending on your own hormonal profile. LH is not released all at once, but rather it rises and falls for about 24-48 hours. The LH rise usually begins in the early morning while you are sleeping and it takes 4-6 hours for it to appear in your urine after that. For this reason, first morning urine may not give the best result. Testing mid-day is usually recommended. It’s very important to follow the instructions of your OPK for maximum results. You should DEFINITELY check out fertilityfriend.com…they’re extremely informative. Like Harriet said though, it can be a bit addictive and rigid in the beginning but as you get seasoned it’ll be a breeze and you’ll become a pro. Good luck with everything!! *~*~*~*~*~*~* Baby Dust *~*~*~*~*~*~*………………….BTW Harriet, your chart is looking good...I’m stalking ya :-()



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