Basal thermometer? What is this

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babe06 Posts: 898
Hi, I was just wondering do you have to get a specific basal thermometer for cahrting? I have just been using a noremal one I got in the chemist. It's digital and I've been putting it under my arm each morning. But he problem is I'm getting very low temperatures. 96 point someting for few days then yest 97.3 and today 97.0 -I'm on day 22 of my cycle. Am I doing it completely wrong?
sunshine06 Posts: 24
I use a digital thermometer as well - have no problems with it at all. The only comment i'd make is that you'd probably be better off use it under your tongue other than under your arm - it should be easier to get more accurate readings that way. I use the sympto-thermal method and I find that using the combination of temperature and cervical fluids is the best way to keep track of what's going on. Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a great book for more information. Keep in mind as well that if you are stressed, the temperatures can be all over the place and indicate delayed ovulation. I keep telling my husband that plenty of tlc = less stress!!
babe06 Posts: 898
Thanks so much for that Sunshine - have been extremely stressed this week with work. Will try the under the tongue thing from now on. Got a 98 degree reading this morning - but have a bad cold so think that might be in. Got the book during the week - can't put it down! Trying do do the cervical fluid monitoring too but I find it very confusing. I see to have lot of it all the time!! Thanks again you seem to know alot about this topic - I'm confused all the time.
one year married Posts: 133
Definatly best to take your temperature orally and at the same time every morning before you get out of bed. Bear in mind that you'll only get an accurate reading after 3 hours of uninteruppted sleep and that alcohol consumption will give you a higher reading the next morning. I find www.fertilityfriend.com great as you can enter you temps and it will detect ovulation. It also allows you to record other signs such as cm or positive opk tests. Unfortunatly your temps will only show ovulation after it occurs but temping will also indicate the length of your luteal phase ie the time from ovulation to the arrival of AF. This is always the same so if you have a regular cycle you can be fairly sure that ovulation occurs around the same cycle day each month. eg a 30 day cycle with a 14 day LP will mean that ovulation occurs around day 16 of your cycle. There are a number of factors that delay ovulation, stress being one of them and I find that flying delays mine.
babe06 Posts: 898
Girls thanks a mil again for your advice. I got another very low temp today - 97.2. Due af this Friday so getting worried now that somethings wrong (I have been under alot of stress lately and not sleeping well, also sick witha cold) so maybe thats it but I do seem to have cm all the time and was just reading about that in TCOYF. I'm so so worried somethings wrong. I am going for hormonal blood tests when af starts so maybe I'll find out something then. This is my first week temping so maybe things will become more clear over time. Can I ask you another question - do GPs take charting seriously? I mean can I use them to show them there is a problem? Not getting any sport there at the moment. Or is there a specialist that can help?
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