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I am trying to get pregnant and ive read everything but confused on using a basal thermometer?

I have read alot of things about using a basal thermometer but still slighty confused on when to know when i can get pregnant. I have also used a ovulation calculator..how accurate are these???

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HopefullMommy08

Asked by HopefullMommy08 at 3:00 PM on Oct. 18, 2009 in Trying to Conceive

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  • the thing with testing your temp is....when it goes up, its too late usually lol. so charting that with CM (cervical mucus) kinda gives you a heads up to when you'll be ovulating and thats when you need to get down to business :-p
    the most fertiles CM is like egg white, but some women only get a watery type, which is still fertile. so with your temp its practicing charting so you see a pattern after a couple cycles and you can see what your body does, that way you know about how long to look for a certain temp b4 its too late. GL! (i was referred to fertilityfriend.com by a mom here and its been awesome bc they email you a course to help understand it all and interprets your chart too.)
    AmandaN1

    Answer by AmandaN1 at 6:54 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, and check out www.fertilityfriend.com--great resources for charting.

    As the PP said, charting temps alone will not tell you when you're most likely to get pregnant; it only tells you when you've already ovulated, and thus when you can take a test, and if you are indeed pregnant . The basic idea is to take your temp first thing in the morning before you even get out of bed, at the same time is best. Keep a chart, and starting the day after you ovulate it goes up by about half a degree and stays there until your period starts (or longer, if you get pregnant). You won't notice the shift, though, until it's too late to do anything about it, so the best thing to do is chart CM as well, which will tell you when you're most fertile. But BBT is the only way to know for sure when you've ovulated, so still do that.
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 9:23 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • And go ahead and get rid of the calendar; plugging dates into a website does nothing for you. Your best bet is to chart BBT and CM and get to know your body's signs of fertility, that way if you ovulate early or late, you'll know it and won't start freaking out or getting super excited over nothing, just to have your hopes dashed. Knowing when you ovulated (like only BBT charting can do for you) is the best thing for your nerves. :)
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 9:26 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • (^^^^^^^ my mentor hahaha :-p shes got great advice!)
    AmandaN1

    Answer by AmandaN1 at 9:35 AM on Oct. 19, 2009

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