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03/04/2013 at 08:54
I'm looking for a little help / reassurance / advice, please ladies!
I've been charting for a couple of months now and have noticed that my BBT is consistently low - mainly, it hovers around 35.8, but this cycle it's a little more erratic - today it's at 35.56, and at one point this cycle it was 35.17. Post ovulation my temps are (so far) ok but not brilliant.
Here's my temps so far this cycle:
I also have long cycles - average of 54 days so far.
Google is not my friend on this subject so I'm looking for other people's experiences really.
Anyone else have temps this low? If so - what was it, and how did affect TTC? I do want to hear the negative stuff as well as the positives, so at least I know what I might be up against.....
03/04/2013 at 09:38
I have no clue about temping, tried it, got confused, gave up and saw the GP!
Have you been to the GP at all if you're concerned? To be honest that's probably the only way you'll get a definitive way of setting your mind at rest or help if there's a problem x
03/04/2013 at 09:42
I went to see my GP, back in January, but I wasn't really temping then - I went to see her about my long cycles. She made it very clear that she wouldn't do any fertility related tests until at least the end of May. If I go to her now and try to find out why my BBT is so low she'll know it's due to me tracking my fertility from ny notes, so I suspect she'll refuse to do anything.
03/04/2013 at 09:46
As far as I have always understood it the absolute temperature is not important, it is the pattern of temperatures for you - you cannot compare yourself to anyone else or to a standard chart. As long as you are getting the temperature rise after ovulation then I wouldn't worry about it. There are some things that can affect the temps, such as if you have a cold and therefore breath more through your mouth your temp can be a bit lower. try not to focus on one or two temps but look at the general trend over time.
Tracking your temps enables you to understand what is normal for you. The fertility friend and taking charge of your fertility websites are good sources of info too.
However as Angiepie sais, if you are concerned have a chat with your GP (although be prepared for the fact that they are often clueless when it comes to temping)
03/04/2013 at 11:04
It's a while since I temped, but as Alocin says, I think it's more to do with the pattern rather than the actual temperature. You're looking for a clear and sustained rise following ovulation for at least 10 days and should you be fortunate to catch, you should see a 3rd rise, often preceded by an implantation dip. It's unlikely your GP will have much knowledge about the charts, but I found mine very useful when I saw a fertility consultant who was actually quite excited to see some and he had to explain them to the junior DR who had done the initial questioning etc.
03/04/2013 at 11:35
Thanks ladies for your advice, I do feel a lot better now. I'm just fed up with waking up and seeing such low temps every morning.
Last cycle I did have a clear ovulation pattern and a 13 day LP so I know that once I get to that point things seems to be working ok. It's the low temps and the long pre-ovulation phase that get me down. I also know that late ovulation isn't good for a sticky baby so I'm stuck with double trouble right now, fertility wise.
I've been putting my temp into FF and that has been helfpul to me but I will also try TCOYF.
My GP is generally clueless, let alone about temping!
I'll just keep going for now, and try not to worry, but if I don't get a thermal shift within the next three weeks (which should fit in with previous cycles) I'll definitely go back to the GP.
Thanks again everyone. x
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