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23/01/2014 at 17:28
So I'm now 6 days into my 1st cycle of temping. What should I be looking out for to know when I'm about to ovulate. I'm still going to do opks but start earlier than usual (probably CD10) as I'm sure I missed ov last month on CD13 which is 2 days earlier than usual. I also see that once I've ovulated I need to keep my fingers crossed for my temp to stay high!
Any advice or tips would be great
23/01/2014 at 18:02
em, you'll probably get a dip around ovulation. The dip is often on the day that ovulate but not always - so last cycle I ov'd two days after the dip. You'll need three temp increases in a row for a confirmed ovulation and as some ladies here can attest, myself included, a few more temps after that could change that.
Some people get a dip 2-3 days after ov which is an estrogen surge. A dip 7-10 days after can be an implantation dip but those who are not pregnant can get it too (I did this cycle). It varies for different people but my temps start to fall 3-4 days before my period starts.
What else? My temp surges if I've had alcohol the night before though it took a while to realise that. I now discard those temps.
The main thing is not to rely on temps for timing DTD because it'll only tell you when you've ov'd a few days after by which time it's too late to do anything about it. But it has confirmed that I was DTD'ing at the wrong time and that my luteal phase was a bit short which Vit B seems to have addressed. So I've learned essential things from it.
24/01/2014 at 00:13
Thanks Veecee. So I guess just business as usual then & look out for any changes. Maybe asking more questions as I go through this cycle
24/01/2014 at 10:12
Would it be helpful if i flashed my chart the month i conceived you can see everything that was mentioned earlier in it
24/01/2014 at 20:16
Yes please cc, give me an idea of what I'm hopefully looking for this month!!!
24/01/2014 at 20:24
My temps are a bit up and down but you get the idea :)
24/01/2014 at 20:28
I had the ovulation dip before Ovulation - and then my temps stayed above the coverline until I got that BFP finally! Mine was quite late but that's what your looking for :)
24/01/2014 at 20:47
Just to say, I have temped for eight cycles, I have just checked and I have never had any sort of dip prior to ovulation. FF says that a dip happens with some people, but not everyone, the important factor is the clear temp rise which retrospectively pinpoints ovulation. If you get a dip, great! but don't rely on it to tell you when to up the game I'm sure you wouldn't, but just felt that I should mention that not all women get one.
24/01/2014 at 20:54
So actually there's not necessarily any signs in advance of ov? Thanks for the heads up
24/01/2014 at 21:01
No it will just tell you when you have ovulated, but if your lucky like me and get that dip it's a sign I guess?
24/01/2014 at 21:04
No guaranteed signs. I've always gone by CM, and sometimes OPKs. The temp confirms ovulation though so there's no wondering if you've surged but not actually ovulated, something which can be worrying when using OPKs alone.
24/01/2014 at 21:08
Sorry, only just seen your chart cc. Can I ask how you get your chart in Celsius? I can't figure out how to change mine on ff? Also how do you work out the 'coverline'? Will ff add the red lines at some point in my cycle? Thanks
Saff: that makes sense, especially as I didn't see a +opk last cycle
24/01/2014 at 21:15
The Celsius is on the calender/chart page click more top left and then setting's and then General charing setup and then scroll down and it has a heading Thermometer and Temperature method and you can change it there :)
The red lines will be added after FF thinks you have ovulated it normally takes a few raised temps after a temp rise and it will give you dotted, if your OPK or checking CM it will give you solid lines but I only temp :)
24/01/2014 at 21:17
Thanks CC, now I don't have to convert the temps every morning!!
24/01/2014 at 21:30
Your welcome! That must of been a pain lol!
25/01/2014 at 07:27
As others said temping doesn't really give an indication of when you're going to ovulate, just that you have after the event. It's really useful information but if you want to know ahead of ov so you can time things then, in my opinion, OPKs are the way to go.
This is why I never temped for so long but then OPKs worked really well for me. I know they don't work for everyone.
I can flash a chart too if it helps?
25/01/2014 at 22:10
Yes please CA, a few different charts would be useful. I've only ever used opks (for the 6 cycles I was ttc no 1 & the last 5 cycles for ttc no 2) but didn't get a positive last cycle & was offered a freebie thermometer so I thought I'd give it a go.
26/01/2014 at 01:26
Here are a few of mine BK, the dotted lines indicate that I've missed a day with my temping, but overall you can see that I never get a temp dip prior to ovulation, yet have a clear rise afterwards...even in the cycles where I don't use OPKs or don't get a + OPK, it is still easy to see that I have ovulated. I also get a temp plummet before AF arrives, saves me wasting all my money on tests. you can also see a triphasic pattern, back in Feb when I had my first chemical.
26/01/2014 at 08:14
my chart looks fairly text book. Everyone's is different though so it's worth watching for CM and cervix position along side temping and OPKs if you're doing them.
26/01/2014 at 09:18
Thanks Saff & CA. Fingers crossed for a temp rise soon & a continued temp rise for us all! I've no idea about cervix positioning but think I'm doing enough this cycle so no need to explain
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