As most of you know, after reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility, I began charting my daily waking temperature to get a handle on my cycles (or lack thereof, as it turned out for me). Recently in the comments someone asked me if I had found an easy way to track this info. While I still rely on my trusty pen and paper on my bedside table, I have also been copying my info onto fertilityfriend.com so I could see graphs of the ups and downs, and begin to identify some other symptoms like cervical mucus and spotting, as well as medications like Clomid.
Wanna see my chart? I had to enter a fake period to get this cycle to start on the correct day. Normally the cycles are determined by the first day of your period, but since I don’t have periods or cycles, I had to lie and tell it that I did. I know that you’re supposed to start Clomid on cycle day (CD) 3, so I marked October 28th as CD1 to get things organized.
A little tutorial for those who have never seen one of these before: The blue dots show my waking temperature. The closed blue dots show days when I took my temp at my normal time (6:00am), and the open dots show days that I didn’t take it until later. Essentially that means that the solid dots are more reliable than the open dots. For most women who ovulate normally, their temps will be lower during the first half of their cycle and rise following ovulation. I practically drool over those charts, since mine are completely the opposite: erratic temps, spiking all over the place, and no “cycles” to speak of. Anyway, bottom line is that you can [usually] tell if you ovulated based on a temp increase. For some women it’s dramatic (.4 degrees, and maintains at that high temp or climbs even higher), and for some woman it’s more gradual (a series of .1 degree increases). At the end of a normal cycle, the temps will drop again, which happens at just about the same time as one might get their period. Or, if you’re preggo, your temps stay high, and sometimes get even higher.
Why do I share this with you? 1) I am a dork and find this stuff fascinating! 2) I wondered if any others out there with charts wanted to share theirs too? Once you set up a profile on fertilityfriend.com you can “friend” other people and view their charts. Here’s the link to my homepage. Friend me!
Some of you may also remember that last month after my [fake] positive OPK I mentioned to the nurse that my temps hadn’t gone up. She told me to “throw the thermometer out the window” as the OPK’s are much more reliable that temps. Ha! Apparently she was wrong. But that doesn’t hide the fact that there is a wide range of opinions on temping and if it’s reliable/worthwhile/helpful, etc. What do you think?