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Old Apr 5th, 2018, 07:25 AM   1
crazycatlady5
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Basal body temp


Hi ladies, how does your basal body temp work? I know itís higher if you are pregnant and ovulation? Is it elevated when you are expecting your period too?

I think my hormones are super out of whack as Iíve spent the past 3 years either pregnant or breastfeeding so Iím just wondering if that could affect it?

The past two nights Iíve woken up boiling hot and nothing could cook me down. I was also expecting my period earlier in the week but I do tend to have longer cycles and Iím just on the mini pill so itís not as reliable. I also have some other possible symptoms, but they could be symptoms of af on its way too. So Iím just looking for some more info on basal body temp...

I should probably take a pregnancy test, but either way I need to sort out this internal body temp at night! Itís driving me crazy!



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Old Apr 5th, 2018, 14:06 PM   2
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Are you currently breastfeeding?

The way BBT works is by taking your temperature the same time every morning right after you wake up but before you move/get out of bed. You record the temp every morning (most of us use an app like fertility friend) and then look for a pattern. Your temperature should stay low before you ovulate, spike when you do ovulate, stay high in your luteal phase (aka the two-week wait), and for most people, it will drop right before/day of your period starting.

When you temp you want to make sure you have an actual BBT thermometer which picks up the small differences in temperature since they measure to the 10th of a degree. You can get a relatively cheap one online and in most stores now. You also want to make sure when you decide to start temping that you get at least 3-4 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

When I first started I was recommended the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler which really helped me out a lot. It was full of useful information that got me started.

I do want to say if you think you have a hormonal imbalance it might be worth bringing it up with your obgyn to see about testing. Also, keep in mind that not everyone ovulates on the mini pill. If you think you're pregnant then take a test or two first. You can start temping whenever you want but keep in mind you're more looking for patterns than anything when you start. Good luck!



 
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Old Apr 10th, 2018, 08:34 AM   3
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Yes Iím still breastfeeding, my youngest wonít take a bottle. I got pregnant last time when I was breastfeeding though.

I just wonder if my hormones are off since Iíve either been pregnant, or breastfeeding, or both for over three years now....

I took a test that day that I posted this and it was negative. But I donít know when I ovulated... I havenít really been paying attention to that since we arenít trying at the moment. I still havenít got my period though, on CD 36 now.



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