Temping ?

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Temping ?

DH and I are in our first cycle TTC. I'm still not due for AF until Tuesday, but I've had 2 BFN's and am cramping tonight, so I'm thinking that we will probably be moving on to hoping for a July baby.

If we do have to move on to the next cycle I want to start temping and charting my BBT. I've never done this before so ... what does it involve?

I know I need to get a Basal Thermometer but what site do you use for your chart and what do I need to watch for?

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FertilityFriend is an awesome site. It even has a little tutorial you can do that will help give you all the info you need. It's not too hard to get to a point where you know even more than most doctors about how fertility works! Lol.

Temping is great, because it gives you a much better idea of what is happening with your own body. With my first I was temping when I got pg, so they had a much more precise due date. The most important thing with temping is to temp as SOON as you wake up - - before you move around too much, so place the thermometer by your bed if you can and do the temping before you get up - - and to try and have that be as close to the same time every day as possible. That will give you the most accurate readings.

You should see a spike in temperature the day after you ovulate, which should be confirmed by temps that stay consistently up higher until AF or just before AF. So temping's not so good to tell you when you should BD, since it's more of a hindsight (big spike today! yesterday would have been ideal! Lol...) but a few cycles of temping will give you a good idea of when your body tends to ovulate, and how long your luteal phase - - the half of the cycle after you ovulate - - is for you, since that half of the cycle is consistent. Best of luck! Smile

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Thanks so much Smile

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Yes, temping is very useful. I learned all about it by reading "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler. I had no idea! That book is full of great info.

Good luck!

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I did temping PLUS OPKS and got preggo the first cycle I did this. Temping was a GReAT way to figure out what was going on with my cycle!