I need your help ladies! I have read TCOYF a few times and just want to ask this to make sure that I read it right. Charting your BBT may not always tell you when you are about to O...it may only tell you that you have Oed, right? When your temp rises a good bit, it means you Oed? Sometimes your temp will drop right before O? Do most of your temps drop right before O and then shoot up? I am on CD 8 and am anxiously awaiting my dear friend O. CM is starting to change, but isn't even close to EWCM yet. My temps seem SO low....they stay in the mid to upper 96, but did drop a few times to lower 96. I'm hoping I'll get above the 97 mark after O. I just want to know if I will be able to know that O is on her way....the way I read it is that some temps drop and some don't before O. Please let me know....I know all of you veteran charters can help me on this one! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">
Hey TCB...glad you are still around. Hope you can stay! Yes, the temps will only tell you when you have already ovulated and it is as you say, combination of the CM and the last couple of days of lower temps. NOT everyone dips before ovulation as I have seen stated on these boards more than once. I get the impression from the book that it is really the CM that tells you, plus the rise in temps after you have already ovulated. I too have stayed in the 96 range and have run between 96.4 and 97.9 (a weird one). My temps, for the most part have been between 96.4 and 97.2 with a couple that went higher. I am getting really frustrated with the whole process but will stick with it to see if I can detect some sort of pattern, if and when I ever get AF again. I am thinking I didn't ovulate at all this past month. I am also going to move to the old glass thermometer (sans mercury) for the next cycle. Because temps have been so low or occasionally erratic, I want to make sure it isn't the digital thermometer going screwy. When I read the back of the book, it looks like I could possibly have a thyroid problem...and can't go to doc til they have proof of insurance...which I won't have for several weeks. Sigh...kind of getting tired of all this...September is looming closer and then it'll all be over for me. I really wish I could get pregnant...
I am kind of worried about you. I hope you don't put yourself at risk...please? Be careful... <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif">
Nice to see you're still here! Yes, you're exactly right! Temps will only tell you when you Oed and CM is what is really important for determining when you're close. When my CM was getting really close I used a OPK sticks for a week or so and then knew the exact day etc... Hope this helps and take care.
Thanks for your help! I am hoping that I will be one of the lucky ones and have a significant dip in temp. before O. I hate going on CM alone and OPKs do not work for me. Too bad I can't be using the fertility monitor this month....it's just sitting there waiting to be used.
autumnleaves-You are too kind. Please do not worry about me. If I had the slightest fear that getting pregnant would be fatal to me, I would not do it. I honestly believe that if God allows me to get pregnant that I will be fine. I am prepared for a long, hard pregnancy and will handle it because the outcome will be the child that I have always dreamed of. We have decided that we will not do any extensive fertility treatments and procedures in order to conceive. If my tests in May show something really bad, I will put ttc out of my mind and start my journey to find a child to adopt. It really does not matter to me whether I give birth to a child or adopt someone else's. A child is a child and I love them all no matter the sex, age or race.
Deep down I feel that I will have to adopt and I have already come to terms with it. But I will continue ttc until the doctors tell me that I will not be able to get pregnant without their assistance or get pregnant at all. Thanks for worrying about me, but I promise....I will be fine! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Ok...I'm sorry. I hope I didn't offend you...I had just read your other post a day or two ago and was amazed at your strength and proud of your faith. I can't help but worry...it's in my nature! Your philosophy is truly a breath of fresh air! I wish all the health and happiness and luck! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif">
I am not offended at all....I rarely get offended! I am a worrier, too, just not about myself. It actually makes me feel good to know that someone out there that I've never met is concerned about me. I do have alot of faith and that is what keeps me fighting for this. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
In the beginning of this cycle, my temps were mostly around 97.3 give or take a tenth of a degree up or down. On CD 21, my temp dipped to 96.3 and went up to 97.5 the next day and 97.7 the next. I haven't gone over 97.7 yet, but I think it's because I mouth breathe at night. I'm almost convinced that my post-O temps should be higher than they are, but I'm too busy with school to think about it too much. I'll see what the RE says on my next visit.
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