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In this post, I’m going to explain Basal Body Temperature and tell you why it’s important.

A little background:

When you are sleeping or very relaxed the core temperature of your body drops. This is why after getting a relaxing massage you might feel chilly.   This low, resting temperature is called your basal body temperature, (BBT) and it can tell you a lot about your fertility.

BBT is measured the moment you wake up, after a good nights sleep, BEFORE you get out of bed, or do anything at all.  Eating, drinking, chatting with your sweetheart, getting up to brush your teeth, etc. can all raise your temperature from its resting state and obscure your BBT reading.

Basal body temperature can be measured orally, vaginally or rectally.  Measuring BBT orally is the standard and is just as reliable as vaginal or rectal measurements for the purposes of fertility charting. Why stick thermometers in those sensitive areas if you don’t have to? (unless you’re into that kind of thing)

Why it’s important:

If you are trying to get pregnant, it’s a good idea to know as much as possible about the state of your fertility.  BBT doesn’t tell you when you are becoming fertile, (that’s what cervical fluid is for) what it does is confirm ovulation, which no other method easily available to you and without extensive doctor visits can.  It’s easy, fast, inexpensive and accurate.  Your BBT chart can confirm that you have ovulated, which urine test strips (OPKs) and ferning microscopes can not do.  And since the first thing you’ll want to know if you’re trying to conceive is “Do I Ovulate?”, this is important information.

Another thing BBT can tell you is the length and health of your luteal phase.  If your luteal phase is too short, or you don’t produce enough progesterone, this can cause big problems when trying to conceive.  Your BBT chart will show you how long, and how healthy your luteal phase is.  Again, this is very important information, not easily obtained any other way.

How it Works:

Women who have natural menstrual cycles have a bi-phasic BBT pattern.  Bi = two , phasic = phase, so that means your temperatures have two phases. The first phase of your cycle has low temperatures, while the second phase of your cycle is has higher temperatures.

The first phase is called the follicular phase. This phase starts on the first day of your period, each cycle, and ends at ovulation. Your BBT will show a set of low temperatures during this time, usually ranging from 97.0 to 97.6.

After ovulation is the luteal phase.  Progesterone, produced by the corpus luteum during your luteal phase raises your core body temperature.  During your luteal phase your BBT will rise to higher temperatures, usually ranging from 97.7 to 98.3. The range of temperatures can vary from woman to woman, as everyone is unique.  But the important thing to remember is that if you are cycling naturally, (not on hormonal contraceptives) your temperature chart will show this bi-phasic pattern.

BBT charting only works in women who are cycling naturally. Birth control pills, and other hormonal contraceptives prevent pregnancy by tricking your body into thinking it has already ovulated, so that you will not release another egg.  Because progesterone raises your temperature, if it’s in your body consistently, as is the case with hormonal contraceptives, you will have no natural bi-phasic pattern to chart: your temperatures will always be high.

At the end of your luteal phase your temperature will drop and you will get your period.  This is the beginning of your next follicular phase.  Noticing the drop in temperature at the end of your luteal phase is a great way to confirm you’ll probably get your period that day.

 

In summary, BBT is the temperature of your body at rest, unaltered by any other factors.  It can be used to reliably confirm ovulation because progesterone,  which is only produced during the luteal phase, raises your core body temperature. Learning about your own BBT pattern can help you identify fertility issues and help you get pregnant sooner.

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  • arye

    10:54 pmMay 25, 2012

    great post, the graph looks awesome! i really like the comfortableness and colors used in this graph great job guys keep kicking ass! on our way to the airport see you in a few weeks

  • Patti Lord

    3:37 amJune 26, 2012

    is there a particular time of day that i should consistently take my temp?

    • katibicknell

      9:27 amJune 28, 2012

      Hi Patti,

      Thanks for your question. The best time to take your temperature is when you get up in the morning, preferably be at the same time each day. Usually if it is within a half hour earlier or later than usual, it won’t make a difference. But every woman is unique. Try taking your temperature for a week or so at the same time, and see what kind of temperatures you get. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. :)

  • mrs. smith

    4:07 pmJune 27, 2012

    i have longer leautal phase. and my menustration starts at 10th of every month. when to do intercourse if i want to get pregnant soon. i m a also a polycystic women and also have bulky figure.

    • katibicknell

      9:31 amJune 28, 2012

      Hi Mrs. Smith,

      Thanks for your comment. The quick answer is: have intercourse when you have slippery or wet cervical fluid, for maximum chance of conception. But if you have PCOS there are are other factors that can affect your ability to conceive. Are you currently charting your cycle? Your fertility charts will give a lot of information about when the best time to have intercourse to get pregnant. If you have any questions let me know.

  • Megan

    10:02 pmAugust 6, 2012

    This is my first month of charting and I am so confused. 1. my temps are very low in comparison to what the internet says they should be. The first part of my cycle my temps were in the range of 96.9-97.5 now at cd 21, they have been in the lower 96s? I was thinking that I O’d on CD17, however FF has not indicated it on my chart and my temps have not gone up. Could an experienced “charter” please look at my chart and let me know what’s going on?? Am I ovulating??

    http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/3c7bfc

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:50 amAugust 7, 2012

      Hi Megan,

      Thanks for writing! Congratulations on starting to chart! I hope you find it fascinating and useful.

      As for your chart, the temperature pattern does not indicate ovulation. What has your cervical fluid pattern been like?

      It’s common for temps to be in the 96 degree range for some women, though it can be indicative of certain thyroid health issues, you may want to consider talking with your doctor about this.

      I’d recommend you keep charting, that will help us get a better picture of what is going on. You said you’re new to charting, so if you have any questions, give me a shout.

      Keep up the great work!

  • Jessica

    11:27 pmSeptember 11, 2012

    Ive been charting for 2 months now and I started spotting a week before my period was due. Spotting lasted for about 5-7 days (which is abnormal for me). I then started bleeding more heavily and assumed it was my period. It lasted approx. 3-4 days. I’ve been charting the entire time and my temps still remain in the higher range (higher than previous months during my follicular stage). Is this an indication of anything or should I just continue charting and see what happens?

    • Kati Bicknell

      9:12 amSeptember 12, 2012

      Hi Jessica,

      Check your email inbox. I just sent you private message about this. :)

      • Jennifer Ferguson

        8:38 amSeptember 24, 2012

        Hi. I had a miscarriage in March and have not been pregnant since. Before the miscarriage, my cycle used to last 26 days, occasionally 27. Since my miscarriage, my periods have been between 25 and 28 days. However, I didn’t get my period until day 29 this month, and my temps remain high on the second day of my period instead of falling before my period starts like usual. I took a pregnancy test on CD 27, and it was negative. Could I have had another miscarriage even though the test was negative?

      • Salima

        12:31 amNovember 3, 2012

        Hi Kati,
        I’ve had a similar experience like the one Jessica described…could you please share the information with me that you emailed to her? This has happened more that once. Thank you!

        • Kati Bicknell

          8:13 amNovember 6, 2012

          Hi Salima,

          If your temperatures have not dropped after you begin bleeding it could possibly be:

          A) Sometimes temperatures take a while to drop after your period. This can be indicative of a hormonal imbalance, as can spotting before a period.

          B) The bleeding may have been implantation bleeding, when a fertilized egg implants itself into your uterine lining, to begin growing. These will sometimes end in an early miscarriage.

          C) The bleeding may have been anovulatory bleeding, which seems like a period, but is not preceded by ovulation.

          Are you charting using the Kindara app? If so you can send us your charts using the “Ask an Expert” feature, and we’ll take a look and tell you which of these three bleeds the one you experienced is likely to be.

          • Tiffany

            5:34 amFebruary 3, 2013

            Hi. I am having a similar experience right now. I had light spotting 10 days after ovulation which lasted two days( really light pink and scant). Took a pregnancy test on day 28, but it was neg( actually it had a BARELY extreme faint second line, so yhe next day took a digital which said a definitive Not Pregnant…. which i really expected to be positive because i NEVER spot between periods). And then I got my period on day 30 (2 days past my average, but not unheard of). I am now on day 7 and my temp still hasn’t fallen below 98.1. I always am in the 97.8 and below range by now( and I am not sick or anything). What does his mean??? I am 37 and TTC.

          • Kati Bicknell

            2:33 amFebruary 5, 2013

            Hi Tiffany,

            I’m not sure what could be going on in this situation. I’ll do some research on it and get back you.

          • Kati Bicknell

            12:46 pmFebruary 6, 2013

            Hi Tiffany,

            Okay, there are several things that could possibly be going on. We’d need to see your past cycle’s charts to get a better idea of what might be the case. How long have you been charting? Do you have any past cycles charts? If so you can send them too us using the Ask an Expert feature in our Kindara iPhone app. Our fertility counselors will help you get this all sorted out. :)

            Best of luck!

          • Tiffany

            2:48 amFebruary 5, 2013

            Thank you for looking into my issue. My latest update is that my temp finally went into the 97 degree range today (day 9 of my cycle -two days after my period ended). It was 97.8 to be exact. The whole thing is just weird to me :-/
            Thanks again,
            Tiffany

      • Amanda

        12:38 pmFebruary 18, 2013

        I have had this exact same issue for my last 2 cycles. Will you please tell me whatever it is that you told Jessica? My temps are still up (this morning was 98.3) but I am spotting now (day2) and I’m about 7dpo right now. Last month I spotted for a week and then had heavier bleeding for 3 days, which I assumed was my period. I am very disappointed because we have been trying for over 2 years. Any help would be appreciated, as my Dr isn’t helping much.

  • Susana

    11:20 pmSeptember 12, 2012

    I started my period on August 8( three days late, no big deal). I have not been trying to conceive soni was not checking my temps regularly only around ovulation time and there was always a spike from 97.3 to 97.9. When I got my period wirin days my temperature spiked. On August 21st, I started spotting and that lasted a week and a half. I had pain and other symptoms soni went to the doctor and had an ultrasound on the 27th. I was told I likely had a cysts rupture. By the time I had my ultrasound there were no signs of a cyst only maturing follicles and I was told I would ovulate soon. My temps remained high through all of this then dropped on Sep 9, I also started having EWCM on this date. I checked my cervix and it was soft high and open. I expected my temperature to spike again but it remains low and today my cervix is hard and low, with no more CM. Is it possible to ovulate without a BBT spike? I just want to know how long before my cycle gets back to normal.

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:36 amSeptember 14, 2012

      Hi Susana,

      Thanks for your questions. I just sent you a private message. Check your email. :)

      • vivian

        1:06 amSeptember 22, 2012

        hi

  • Monique Williams

    10:06 amSeptember 15, 2012

    I have a 29 day cycle,I think I ovulated on the 31 of august…my body temperature as been high from the 4 until now I did a pregnancy test today the 14 when my period is suppose to come and the test is negative,could I still be pregnant?

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:37 amSeptember 18, 2012

      Hi Monique,

      I’d be happy to look at your chart for you! If you are charting with the Kindara app you can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature. This will give me the best picture of what may be going on. Thanks!

  • Amaris

    9:01 amSeptember 19, 2012

    This is my first month of charting. I usually have a longer cycle of about 31 days. I am very regular and want to get pregnant. My temp spiked on day 21 then dropped on day 30 only I haven’t gotten my period. It is now day 33 and I took a pregnancy test but it was negative. I can’t figure it out!

    thanks

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:50 amSeptember 22, 2012

      Hi Amaris,

      I’d be happy to look at your chart. If you’re charting with the Kindara app you can send it to us using the Ask an Expert feature. That will help me give you a better read on the situation.

  • vivian

    4:36 pmSeptember 19, 2012

    Please i need your help, am 25 and my boyfriend is 43 and we are trying to concive naturally for five months now but nothing and i even use opk the last month which show positive on 8, 9,10 of sept.and we bed through out that time.but the problem is i dont see any temprature shift,i had the same temprature from the beging of my period to the end of my cycle is always low.so my qustion is am i ovulateing out all and my period is clock wise.what will i do to help me concive.thank you.

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:48 amSeptember 22, 2012

      Hi Vivian,

      Thanks for your question. A good place to start out, if you want to learn more about your cycle is this post: http://kindara.com/blog/trying-to-get-pregnant-you-need-to-know-this-2/

      • Kristy

        9:10 pmNovember 14, 2012

        Hi! I have been charting for 2 months now and my temp usually stays below 97 but this month was different. My cycle is usually every 25 days but my period was 4 days late last month so I started on October 29th. On the 7th of this month I noticed that I had a lot of discharge so me and my boyfriend had sex on that day. My temp for that day was 96.99. On the 11th my temp went up to 97.26 then dropped back down to 96.60. All my discharge has stopped but this morning my temp was 97.78. Does this mean I possibly could have conceived?

        • Kati Bicknell

          4:39 amNovember 15, 2012

          Hi Kristy,

          That’s great that you’ve started charting. If you’re trying to conceive, having sex when you notice a lot of cervical fluid was a good plan. :) If you ovulated on Nov 7th, and today is 14, and you are wondering if you’ve conceived the answer it, “it’s possible”. You would have had to have ovulated on or around November 7th though, and we don’t know for sure if you did. If you can show me your charts I’d be able to give you a better understanding of what might be going on, and tell you if it looks like you ovulated or not, and if you had sex on the right days in order to get pregnant.

          If you have the Kindara app you can send us your chart using the Ask and Expert feature.

          Hope that helps!

  • Anjana

    2:57 amSeptember 26, 2012

    Would you mind taking a look at my charting?

  • Erica Lopez

    2:13 amOctober 2, 2012

    Good Morning, I am new to charting, I literally just started last Saturday September 22nd and up until now I was VERY confused. I am still a bit confused because I’m suppose to be starting my period any time starting this Wednesday October 3rd, however, in reading the information I believe it says my temp should have been dropping closer to my period but since I started charting my temps have been between 97.68 (my lowest) and 98.26 (my highest). The past few days have been over 98, yesterday 97.94 and this morning 98.04. Is this normal? I’m I charting correctly? I swear I need this explained to me like if you were talking to a 1st grader ha-ha.

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:29 amOctober 18, 2012

      Hi Erica,

      No worries! Fertility charting can be a bit confusing when first starting out. In a normal cycle a woman’s temperature will rise after ovulation, and stay high until the day she gets her period. It should not drop as you get closer to your period. Your temperature should drop on the day you get your period. Does this help?

  • Denise

    3:09 amOctober 5, 2012

    I’m stress out. I’ve been trying almoat everything.
    I’m gonna start working on my temp.
    We have been trying to get pregnant.. 3 months pass should I worry??

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:31 amOctober 18, 2012

      Hi Denise,

      Three months is within the range of normal, no need to worry. :) And yes, it’s a good idea to start charting your temperature. This will give you some very important information that may help you get pregnant. For even more accuracy try charting your cervical fluid as well.

  • JoLynn

    8:40 amOctober 10, 2012

    I have had very spiky (up and down) from day 24-27 of my cycle. I had light spotting last night and today. AF usually comes on any where from day 28-30. What do you think this stuff means?

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:36 amOctober 18, 2012

      Hi JoLynn,

      I’d be happy to look at your chart. That will help me get a better picture of what may be going on. If you’re using the Kindara app you can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature.

  • tina

    7:54 amOctober 14, 2012

    Hi, I’M on a 28 day cycle and my last cycle was on 9/20/12 and detected a surge on 9/28/12 which is early. My question is can I possibly be pregnant sinceive been feeling these period like mild achiness in my lower abdomen pelvic area, milky cm, full mildly painful breast and bbt readings from 98.8-99.6 and im 5 days away from my cycle ?

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:38 amOctober 18, 2012

      Hi Tina,

      If you think you might be pregnant I recommend you take a pregnancy test. I would also be happy to look at your chart if you like. If you’re using the Kindara app you can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature.

  • Roseleen

    12:03 pmOctober 14, 2012

    I have 28 days cycle.This month my periods starts on 9 oct till today ,normally my periods remains 4 to 6 days some time havey to normal.I try to conceive from 3 months but not succed .I notice that my BBT remains high during the periods in the month of aug.and this month usually my temperature remains low during my periods but I don’t know what happen after marriage my body tem.remains high during periods.plz can u help me

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:39 amOctober 18, 2012

      Hi Roseleen,

      I’d be happy to look at your chart. That will help me get a better picture of what may be going on. If you’re using the Kindara app you can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature.

  • isabel

    8:30 pmOctober 18, 2012

    My bbt for past few days were as follow, 97.18 97.49 97.45 97.13 97.35 97.45 and then spiked to 98.03. Is this a sign that im not ovulating? Please help for i have neen ttc for 6 months now…

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:22 amOctober 19, 2012

      Hi Isabel,

      Your temperature shift could be a sign that you ARE ovulating. :) If your temperature remains high for the rest of your cycle, this means that you probably ovulated.

      • isabel

        3:33 amOctober 19, 2012

        I’ll have to keep tracking. Another thing I noticed is that I had brown spotting when I wiped this morning. It only happened once but the spotting was there.

  • stacey

    6:24 pmOctober 25, 2012

    My last month of birth control was July 2012. I had a period induced by not taking the pill starting on the 16th of July. I didnt have a period for August or September but then had my period on October 9th. When I was not on the pill my periods came pretty regular, usually 28-30 days. It is day 17 and my temp has not rised. I believe my cervical mucus was clear for a few days starting (13-16). Have I not ovulated??
    Help!

    • Kati Bicknell

      7:40 amNovember 6, 2012

      Hi Stacey,

      Thanks for your question. :) Congratulations on taking this important step to understand your fertility.

      It’s normal for a woman’s cycle to be a little wacky for a few months after coming off the pill. Depending on how long you were on the pill, and what your cycles were like before, it can take a month or more before your body resumes its normal patterns again.

      It’s hard to say if you’ve ovulated yet based on the information you gave, I’d have to see your full chart to give you my perspective on what may be going on. But in general, it’s normal to have irregular cycles for a while, while you’re coming off the pill. No need to freak out, just keep charting, and soon you’ll see on your chart if and when you do ovulate.

      Are you charting with the Kindara app? If so you can send us your chart using the “Ask an Expert” feature and we’ll tell you what may be going on.

  • Crafty1417

    7:20 pmOctober 31, 2012

    Hello,
    Quick question I have been charting temps for 3 months now has been pretty regular except this month.. Had the dip just before ovulation, ovulated on 21st suppose to get period on the 30th ( yesterday) temperature was at 96.5 yesterday am but this am 31st no period and temp is back up 97.45 could this be an implantation dip? Pregnancy digital ept test was negative too this am. So one day past period with a negative test for HCG with a low temp yesterday but them back up today. Could you fill me in please ;)

    • Kati Bicknell

      7:51 amNovember 6, 2012

      Hi Crafty1417,

      I’m curious as to why you think you ovulated on the 21st, and why you think you were “supposed to get” your period on the 30th. That would give you a luteal phase of only 9 days. A normal healthy luteal phase is between 12 to 16 days.

      At one day past your expected period it’s not uncommon to get a negative pregnancy test. Some pregnancy tests are more sensitive than others. Here’s a link how sensitive to hCG home pregnancy tests are. http://www.pregnancy-health-center.com/pregnancy-test-sensitivity.html If you think you may be pregnant you may want to try again with a more sensitive test.

      Also, if you are charting with the Kindara app you can send us your chart using the “Ask an Expert” feature, and we’ll be able to take a look and tell you what may be going on. Without seeing your whole chart it’s hard to say what could have happened.

  • Carla

    9:56 pmNovember 1, 2012

    I check my BBT every morning and I noticed that my temperatur not always go up. For example this month it dropt down to 96.91 on the 14th day of my cicle and then went up only to 97.27 and it stayed like that. Does that mean that I am not ovulating?

    • Kati Bicknell

      7:53 amNovember 6, 2012

      Hi Carla,

      If you’re charting with the Kindara app you can send us your chart using the “Ask an Expert” feature and we’ll look at your chart and tell you what may be going on. It’s hard to know if you are ovulating or not without seeing your completed chart.

  • Trisha

    2:45 pmNovember 2, 2012

    Hi :)
    I am just confusd. My period is irregular like sometimes my cycle is 34, 45, 50 and there comes a time that it is 60. On the 26th of October at 5:00PM I noticed a pinkish super tiny spot on my undies so I was thinking that my AF would come after, because that’s what happend evrytime..the whole night it was just that tiny pinkish red color on my undies..so i thought it’s implantation bleeding.. on the 27th oct..its pinksish in the morning but turned into watery brown discharge in the afternoon, then on the 28th the wholeday it got heavier until the 29th the wholeday and turned into dark red as well. On the 30th and 31st it became dark brown , nov 1 until now it is light brown and looks like its gonna end. I was thinking on the 2th of oct that it will become AF because it turned dark red in color, but i was surprised because my BBT rose from 36.12 (oct28) to 36.49 wich is very weird because it is supposed to drop if its AF. until ow my BBT is high. I have read your blog and you always answer people’s concern, hope you could help me as well.

    (Sorry for too much information) I remember as well on the 29th I took a HCG test but it turned out negative. We are trying to conceive, I always beleive that God knows when is the perfect time. I just want to make sure what I am experiencing is normal and if I there is someone on the same boat. Thank you and Godbless! :)

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:00 amNovember 6, 2012

      Hi Trisha,

      There is a chance that that was your period, but it’s also possible that it was anovulatory bleeding, or implantation bleeding. Sometimes women with irregular cycles like yours will have anovulatory bleeding from time to time, that seems like a period, but is not preceded by ovulation. Implantation bleeding can also seem like a period, but is the implanting of a fertilized egg into your uterine lining.

      Are you charting using the Kindara app? If so you can send us your charts using the “Ask an Expert” feature, and we’ll take a look and tell you which of these three bleeds the one you experienced is likely to be.

      Another thing to mention is that if you are testing for hCG, the sensitivity of the test you are using matters a lot, especially if you are testing early. Some tests are more sensitive than others, and will give you a positive result several days before another, less sensitive, test would. Here’s a list of some tests, and how sensitive they are, if you want to test again: http://www.pregnancy-health-center.com/pregnancy-test-sensitivity.html

      • Trisha

        10:12 amNovember 6, 2012

        Thank you so much for your quick response. Yes, you are actually right, I went to my doctor yesterday and she said that it is 90% sure a period..because she did an ultrasound with me and saw that my endometrium (if am not mistaken) is thin, normally if a woman is pregnant it should be thick, she said. Yes, I am charting my BBT but I was advised that i should start again coz what i was doing befre is not proper. Thank a lot. Please also pray for me to be pregnant this year or early next year. :) God knows when is the right time though. God bless!! :)

  • Maggie

    2:14 amNovember 3, 2012

    Hey, I just started charting, and I am a bit confused. I stopped taking birth control about 3 years ago, and since then, my periods have been really irregular. For example, I will go 3 -4 months with regular periods, then I’d go a month or two without a period, then for two months get regular periods, then stop for another month, etc etc etc… I do not have pcos, and I just got tested for thyroid issues (came back normal)…. I am overweight, but before the bc I was pretty regular. I know there are other factors that impact periods (stress, diet, exercise) and I have been stressed a lot this last year, and I have gained weight, but I am exercising more and eating more balanced meals. I have been this weight before and a LOT more stressed than this at the same time and my periods were regular.

    Anywho, my temp ranges from 97.04 – 97.8. I heard that is too low to try to get pregnant. Is that true? My husband and I are ttc for the first time, and I have no idea what is fact or fiction about all of this. Am I worrying too much? I am currently taking prenatal supplements, vitex, and zyrtec (for allergies) every day. The vitex is to try to regulate my period, but so far it hasn’t worked (I have pms symptoms but nothing else) I am also very late right now and all pregnancy tests are coming back negative.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:25 amNovember 6, 2012

      Hi Maggie,

      Thanks for all that info. :) Many things can affect the length of your cycle, and sometimes it’s hard to pin down which thing it might be. That’s where charting comes in so handy! With fertility charting you can keep track of your weight, diet, and stress level, and make subtle changes, and then you can see on your chart what is having an effect.

      In general a temperature range of 97 to 97.8 should not pose a problem in getting pregnant. As long thyroid issues have been ruled out (which is sounds like they have) and you are seeing a clear temperature shift on your charts. I know you just started charting, so that is something we’ll have to wait and see on, once you complete your first cycle.

      Are you taking vitex under the care of an experienced herbalist? I generally recommend against taking herbs without a pro involved, they can affect different women in different ways, and if you don’t know what the root of the problem is (or if there even is a problem) throwing herbs at it isn’t likely to produce the result you’re after. Prenatal vitamins are a good idea though. You want to make sure you have folic acid in your system when you’re attempting pregnancy.

      Once you have been charting for a month or so you’ll have a better picture of what may be going on with your cycle. The fact that you’re irregular may not mean anything when it comes to getting pregnant. Many women with irregular cycles, who chart their fertility, find out just when they are fertile, and go on to have perfectly healthy babies.

      So my advice would be to keep on charting. :) If you are using the Kindara app you can send us your chart using the “Ask an Expert” feature, and we’ll take a look at your chart and tell you what may be going on, as well as give you tips for how to regulate your cycles. :)

  • sarah marshall

    8:21 amNovember 5, 2012

    Hi i have just started charting about a month ago, could you tell me if its normal for my temp to be 26.6 degrees celsius I am on cycle day 22, and is this the Luteal Phase?

    Thank you

    • sarah marshall

      4:41 amNovember 6, 2012

      hi sorry i meant 36.6 degrees celsius sorry, and also what is temp shift?

      • Kati Bicknell

        3:10 amNovember 7, 2012

        Hi Sarah,

        Thanks for clarifying. :)

        Temperature shift is described in this post. It’s when your basal body temperature goes from its lower pre-ovulatory temperatures, to its higher post-ovulatory temperatures. If you have more questions about this just let me know.

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:07 amNovember 7, 2012

      Hi Sarah,

      Each woman is different, so your specific temperature pattern is unique to you. If I saw your whole chart I’d be able to tell you what may be going on, and if you’ve ovulated yet, but just one temperature point is not enough for me to go on.

      If you are charting with the Kindara app you can send us your chart using the “Ask an Expert” feature, and we’ll help you out. :)

  • Michal kinchin

    6:14 amNovember 7, 2012

    I have been recording my BBT but halfway through my cycle starting from day 15 and so far till day 19 and I’ve noticed my BBT are really low compared to what the average BBT should be. Day 15 was 95.2, day 16 was 95.4, day 17 was 96.0, day 18 was 96.6, day 19 (today) was 95.8. What do you make of those BBT’s? I’m worried that they are very low especially in the luteal phase. Could do with some advice please. Thanks michal kinchin.

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:31 amNovember 8, 2012

      Hi Michal,

      The luteal phase is determined by the post-ovulatory rise in temperature, which it does not sound like you have had yet. The temperatures you mentioned are a bit below average, low temps can be a sign of a thyroid issue, and also some people just “run colder” than others. Have you spoken with your doctor about this? They would be the best person to talk to, as they will know more about your specific circumstance.

      • Michal kinchin

        5:07 amNovember 8, 2012

        No I haven’t been to my doctor about this yet as not sure whether I should or not. I’ve been completing one of your graphs and there appears to be a shift pattern in temp when you look at it in graph form so I did interpret it as though I have ovulated but now I’m not so sure. Shall I send you the graph as it appears now or do you not need to see it? If I do generally have a cold BBT then would that affect my fertility chances? Thanks for the advice. Appreciate it!!

        • Michal kinchin

          6:27 amNovember 8, 2012

          I can’t believe how silly I’ve been. My partner just asked me if I had been placing the thermometer under my tongue when I take the readings as that’s what your suppose to do but I haven’t used a thermometer since I was a child & the instructions did not state it either so no I haven’t being doing that but infact placing it on top of my tongue. I’ve just taken 2 measurements one on top and underneath my tongue & boy is there a big difference. So my problem might resolved already. Will find out in the morning. Oops!!

          • Kati Bicknell

            4:27 amNovember 10, 2012

            Hi Michal,

            How funny! I can’t believe that wasn’t my first question for you. “Are you taking your temperature correctly?” I’m glad your partner figured it out! :) Here’s a post on how to get an accurate BBT reading.

            Did taking your temperature under your tongue make a difference today?

  • Allison Cutright

    10:14 amNovember 9, 2012

    Hi this is my first month charting and i saw mytemp go up after ovulation but then it came back down below the line! what does this mean or what could this mean!!

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:32 amNovember 10, 2012

      Hi Allison,

      Did you confirm ovulation by at least three high temperatures, above your coverline? There could be several explanations for why your temperature has dipped down below the coverline after ovulation.

      1) You didn’t actually ovulate

      2) You may have a low progesterone level

      3) You may be about to get your period today!

      There are are other potential explanations as well, but without seeing your chart I can’t tell you what might be the case for this particular cycle of yours. If you are charting with the Kindara app you can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature, and we’ll get this sorted out for you.

      • Allison Cutright

        10:42 amNovember 10, 2012

        I dont not have a kindara app but here is my chart My Ovulation Chart I dont know how to create akindara account i dont have an iphone

        • Kati Bicknell

          3:49 amNovember 13, 2012

          Hi Allison,

          This chart (as of Cycle Day 20) does not seem to indicate ovulation. That one high jump in temperature is not your temperature shift. What you are looking for in order to confirm that you have ovulated, using the temperature method, is a series of low temperatures, followed by a series of high temperatures. In general all of your post-ovulatory temperatures should be higher than most of your pre-ovulatory temperatures. Does this help?

          Right now the Kindara app is only available for iDevices. (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) We will build an android and web version, just as soon as we can.

          • Allison Cutright

            11:01 amNovember 20, 2012

            my period should be coming on wednesday and my chart is still all overth place any thoughts it is stressing me out just looking at it!My Ovulation Chart

  • shannon rogers

    8:50 pmNovember 11, 2012

    I have been charting and I figured I ovulated since My temp spiked at stayed high for 13 days however I spotted on day 25 (ovulated on day 13) then on day 27 I got what appeared to be my period. My temp fell for one day and then went to 98.1 then 98.5 on day 3 of my cycle. it was 97.7 on first day of cycle. My temps usually run in the 97 range befoe ov and 98 range after ov. What could be going on. I have suspected I have low progesterone but it seems like that would have the opposite effect.

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:41 amNovember 13, 2012

      Hi Shannon,

      It’s not uncommon for temperatures to stay high for a few days after you get your period, as the effects of progesterone can still linger for a few days. This can be a sign of a slight imbalance in your cycle, but might also be nothing to worry about. Another thing that’s possible is implantation bleeding, if a fertilized egg implants in your uterine lining, this can cause some bleeding, though the drop in temperature would be unexpected if that were the case. What is your chart looking like now?

      • shannon

        10:28 amFebruary 1, 2013

        I chart and my temps rise after ovulation. however i spotted day 9 and 10 dpo . when i spotted it was like once a day one tiny spot when i wiped. that was all. i also really cramped those days and my temp dipped for one day. i am taking npc cream. do u think its low progesterone or estrogen dom? My breasts used to nevrr hurt but now they do from ovulation to period. and i cramp. whats weird is i have only spotted since we have been ttc. i usually spit lightlty 2 days before period but this month is was 9 and 10 dpo. i also get heartburn from ov to period. Could it be peri. im frustrated. my periods are every 27 days.

        • Kati Bicknell

          2:16 amFebruary 2, 2013

          Hi Shannon,

          I’m happy to answer any general fertility charting questions here, but for more specific questions like this it’s best to use the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara iPhone app. Our fertility counselors will help you get this sorted out.

      • shannon

        10:45 pmFebruary 1, 2013

        Ever since we have been ttc i have had spotting a couple days before my period. I figured maybe low prog so I started on npc. However this month on 9 and 10 dpo i spotted one time each day when i wiped only. I also had a dip in temp at 9dpo and really bad cramps that day. I then started a couple days later. I noticed my temps are always real stable until the last 4 days before I start they get spiky. is that a sign of hormonal balance maybe estrogen dom? My queston is what would make me spot one little spot a day for 2 days and then nothing until period. I also get cramps, breast tenderness and sometimes heartburn from ov to period but only since we have been ttc. what could be going on?

        • Kati Bicknell

          2:26 amFebruary 2, 2013

          Hi Shannon,

          I’m happy to answer any general fertility charting questions here, but for more specific questions like this it’s best to use the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara iPhone app. Our fertility counselors will help you get this sorted out.

  • Amy E

    10:13 amNovember 13, 2012

    I have been charting for months; I have been ttc for a year and a half. I have no idea what I am doing and am becoming more and more frustrated…I don’t know if the link to my chart will work. I have had 2 successful term pregnancies.

    thank you!

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:25 amNovember 14, 2012

      Hi Amy,

      Do you have any specific questions I can answer for you? What is causing your frustration? Have you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler? It’s a great resource for women who are charting their fertility, and trying to conceive.

      Your charts on Fertility Friend work, but I’d need to see more cervical fluid information in order to give you any meaningful feedback on what might be going on with your cycle. If you have an iPhone, you might want to consider charting with our free Kindara app. Our charts display cervical fluid in a way that give a great deal of information about your cycle health, and can help us confirm and cross-check if and when ovulation does happen.

  • Lindsey

    3:24 amNovember 18, 2012

    I stopped taking birth control in July after being on it for 5 years. I started taking it when I was 18 because my period was very irregular. Now me and my husband are trying to get pregnant but my period has gone back to being irregular. I had some light spotting for a week in October which never happened to me before so I went to the doctor and she told me that must have been my period because my lining was very thin. Now over 6 weeks later I haven’t had anymore bleeding at all. I started tracking my BBT at the same time everyday for about 3 weeks now but it fluctuates a lot. Sometimes .5 degrees to a whole degree from one day to the next. I’m at a loss for what to do. How do I know if/when I ovulate? Is it even possible without getting a period?

    • Kati Bicknell

      5:57 amNovember 22, 2012

      Hi Lindsey,

      I’m sorry you’re experiencing this. How frustrating! I was also started taking the pill at 18 to treat my irregular period. What I found out when I was 26 is that being on the pill does not actually treat the root cause of the problem, and the bleeding you have while you’re on the pill is not a true menstruation. When I went off the pill my periods went back to being all crazy too. This is very common. Your body will pick up where it left off before you got on the pill, so if your cycles were irregular before you went on the pill, it’s likely that they will be irregular when you go off the pill. Being on the pill itself can even effect women who had very regular cycles, they might find that after they get off the pill their cycles are irregular for several months, or even years, afterwards.

      But don’t despair! Charting your fertility is a great way to learn what exactly IS going on with your cycles. Do you have a chart I could look at? That would help me get a better feel for what might be going on. My advice would be to keep charting, temperature, as well as cervical fluid, every day, and soon you’ll have some great information. If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to ask. :)

      Also, if you have the Kindara app, you can get answers to your questions privately, using the Ask an Expert feature.

      Good luck!

      • Lindsey

        8:57 amNovember 27, 2012

        Today I downloaded the kindara app on my iPad. Since I just started using it, I have not been keeping track of my cervical fluid. How do I send you my chart?

        • Kati Bicknell

          2:21 amNovember 28, 2012

          Hi Lindsey,

          That’s great to hear! To send us your chart, go to the More tab in the app, and click on Ask and Expert. That will take you through the process. :)

          Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Mildred

    11:27 amNovember 19, 2012

    I finally felt what it was like to ovulate, I guest? on November 16, 17, and 18th I have felt like my body temp has risen but it would come and go a few times throughout the day. and I don’t know anything else about ovulating but I was feeling queezy off and on, and my breasts felt tender, Had stomach contractions like i couldn’t control it, and feeling tired, pressure in legs for a few, then pressure on tailbone, and feeling nausea but did not vomit, and my period is fourteen days late but haven’t taken a pregnancy tests yet its to early my lmp was on October 8th 2012 and my next period due on November 5th 2012 and i’m still waiting.

    i’m so scared to go for a pregnancy tests, but do it sound like I could be pregnant?

    and what ever your comment is thank you for even responding to my question.

    take care and God Bless

    • Kati Bicknell

      5:51 amNovember 22, 2012

      Hi Mildred,

      If your period is 14 days later than you think it should be, it would probably be a good idea to take a pregnancy test. The symptoms you’re describing are not primary fertility signs, and each woman’s body is different, so I don’t know what those particular symptoms would mean for you. If you had a fertility chart with your basal body temperature, and cervical fluid readings for each day, that would give me a lot more information, and I’d be able to tell you what I think might be going on. Do you have a chart I could look at?

      Best of luck.

  • Jessica

    2:33 amNovember 27, 2012

    This is my first month of charting and my cycles are usually long (like 35 days). We’ve been ttc for months now and I’m a little nervous. My temps have been high for the last 5 days (98.3-98.5) and my period isn’t due until late next week. However today when I woke up I had a little spotting. I never get my period early and I can’t remember a time when I’ve spotted. What could this be?

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:17 amNovember 27, 2012

      Hi Jessica,

      That’s great that you’ve started charting! Hopefully the information you learn charting your cycle will help you conceive faster. :)

      Spotting usually happens before or after menstruation, or at ovulation, or sometimes with implantation. If I could look at your chart I’d have a better idea if it was any of those. If you’re charting using the Kindara app, you can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature, and we’d be able to answer all your questions privately. Do you have a chart I could look at? Best of luck!

      • Jessica

        7:09 amNovember 27, 2012

        I do have a chart but its not on the kindara app. Can it be emailed to you?

        • Kati Bicknell

          2:12 amNovember 28, 2012

          Hi Jessica,

          Unfortunately we’re only able to review Kindara charts through the app at this time. We’re a small company, so while we would love to help every woman with every chart, right now we’re only able to review Kindara charts that come through the Ask and Expert feature of the app. I’m so sorry! In the future we hope to be able to take on other charts as well, but we just don’t have the resources right now. If you know someone with an iPhone or iPad you could download our app and get your chart reviewed that way. I’m sorry we can’t be of more help right now.

  • Jennifer

    8:11 amNovember 27, 2012

    Hi, My Dr thinks I may have PCOS and that I may not be ovulating. My temps are pretty eratic during the month, but I do have a drop the day my period starts. Does this mean that I am ovulating? Thanks so much for any help

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:30 amNovember 28, 2012

      Hi Jennifer,

      Just to help me get an idea of what’s going on: What is your doctor basing this on? Have they seen your charts, and made this diagnosis? Or have they done hormone tests, or ultrasounds?

      While it is true that women with PCOS may not ovulate as frequently as women without PCOS, many still do ovulate. Charting your fertility is a great way to see if and when ovulation is happening, so you’re on the right track! :)

      Without seeing your chart I can’t say weather or not it’s likely that you are ovulating. If you have the Kindara app you can send us your charts using the Ask an Expert feature, and we will review them and tell you if it looks like ovulation is happening. We can also answer any questions you have, privately.

      Let me know if you have more questions.

  • Michelle

    10:24 amDecember 2, 2012

    Ok, I had a d&c on November 16th. I started doing opk’s the Tuesday after and ever since they have been positive. My husband and I have had intercourse twice since then and I have noticed a temp drop for one day. Is there any way post d&c that I could have conceived and if so, when should I am test since it has been said that you can have a + pregnancy test up to 6-8 post d&c. My loss was at 12 weeks. Thank you

    • Kati Bicknell

      5:51 amDecember 4, 2012

      Hi Michelle,

      I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Miscarriage can be so heartbreaking.

      It’s generally a good idea to wait out one full cycle after a d&c or miscarriage before starting to try for pregnancy again, but you should talk with your doctor about this to see what they recommend for your specific situation.

      It’s possible that you may have conceived, but without seeing your fertility charts I can’t tell you how likely that is. If you are charting with the Kindara app you can send us your chart, if you have one, using the Ask an Expert feature.

      Take care,

  • Cori

    10:45 amDecember 6, 2012

    I am hypothroid and temps are 96.3 to 96.7 and I read the norm is 97.0 to 97.7 r my temps ok

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:49 amDecember 7, 2012

      Hi Cori,

      Each woman is different, so temperature ranges can vary from one woman to the next. If you have hypothyroidism it’s common for temperatures to be lower than average. As long as you are seeing a clear shift in temperatures from lower (before ovulation) to higher (after ovulation) they should work for fertility charting. Some people do just “run colder” than others, with or without hypothyroidism. But you may want to talk to your doctor about your temperatures, if you are concerned about them for health reasons.

  • Erin

    2:14 amDecember 7, 2012

    Hi! This is my first month charting, and I’m a bit confused. I had a MMC in May and had a D&C. Before the pregnancy, I had 26-28 day cycles. After the D&C my cycles have shortened to 23-25 days. My periods seem normal, although a tad lighter. This past cycle I started experiencing constant pelvic discomfort, so I went and saw my gyn.. All infections have been ruled out, as well as thyroid issues and PCOS. UTI was also ruled out. I had an ultrasound on CD 20 of this cycle and everything was normal and it was said that I had ovulated already. So, my temps also indicated ovulation on CD 12, and 8 DPO my temps dropped below my cover line. It went from 98.1 down to 97.1 and have stayed around there for the past 3 days. My period is not supposed to start for 2 more days, and I’m wondering if this could indicate a problem.

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:58 amDecember 7, 2012

      Hi Erin,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your miscarriage, how heartbreaking. :(

      After a miscarriage it may take a little while for your cycles to get back to where they were before, and regardless of miscarriages, women’s cycles sometimes can be shorter or longer as time goes by.

      Are you still experiencing the pelvic discomfort? Was endometriosis ruled out?

      The first thing to rule out is: did you take your temperature in the same way as you normally do on the three days of low temps? Getting up earlier, or sleeping in a colder room than usual can affect your temps. (Though if it’s a cold room issue, warming the thermometer up with you in bed before taking your temperature usually fixes that problem.)

      If your temperature has legitimately dropped below your coverline and has stayed there that may indicate a progesterone deficiency. Low progesterone can make it difficult for a woman to get, or stay pregnant. You may want to talk with your doctor about this, and see if they want to run some tests to check your progesterone level.

      Does that help?

      • Erin

        5:53 amDecember 7, 2012

        Yes. I do sleep in a cold room (only way I can sleep) but the temp of the room hasn’t changed from night to night. Endometriosis was not checked for. I am still experiencing the discomfort (feels like mild period cramps) but as I’m getting closer to when my period is supposed to start, it may just be period cramps. Should I chart for a few more cycles before asking for progesterone levels to be tested? Thank you.

        • Kati Bicknell

          2:45 amDecember 8, 2012

          Hi Erin,

          If the temperature in your room hasn’t changed, then we can rule that out as a possible reason for your lower temperatures. Regarding the cramps, I’m not sure what could be causing them. Do you usually get cramps in the days before your period starts?

          If you chart for a few cycles you’ll probably have a better idea of whether or not your progesterone levels would need to be checked, but if it’s something you’re immediately concerned about, (as in if you were going to try to get pregnant again soon) then it would be a good idea to talk with your doctor sooner rather than later.

          Let me know if you have more questions.

  • fadua

    6:56 amDecember 7, 2012

    thanks..the information is very clear!!! i like the graphic!!

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:46 amDecember 8, 2012

      Thanks Fadua! :)

  • Mrs. K

    2:30 amDecember 8, 2012

    This is my first month charting my basal body temps after about 6 months of trying to conceive. Just wondering if you can help me understand my chart a bit more…I have been using OPK tests this month as well and think I had a positive LH surge on Sat. Dec. 1st, my basal body temp rose from 36.22 degrees celcius to 36.60 degrees celcius on Tues. Dec. 4th. Intercourse on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th. Think my chances are good? I’m interpreting that I ovulated sometime between the 2nd and 3rd…I’m crossing my fingers this will be the month!

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:55 amDecember 8, 2012

      Hi Mrs K,

      Congratulations on starting to chart!

      Yes, from the information you gave it sounds like you had sex at a good time if you are trying to get pregnant. :) If you are charting with the Kindara app and would like me to take a look at your chart, you can send it to us using the Ask an Expert feature.

      Good luck!

  • Lili

    3:08 amDecember 10, 2012

    Hey so me and my boyfriend had sex on 11/12 for the first time I was a virgin for the first 5 minutes it was unprotected but he did not came inside me , after I started taking my temp. Around 11/26 which was 97.9 11/27 98.3 11/28 98.1 11/29 97.9 11/30 98.2 12/1 97.9 12/2 ( intercourse)100.3 12/3 (period starts ) 99.4 12/4 98.9 12/5 98.0 12/6 (period ended )98.1 12/7 & 12/8 97.9 and today 12/8 97.6 my period was a day late but it eventually came with blood clots took a pregnancy test and it was neg. but I feel weird i don’t known if it is because it was my first time or I am pregnant I heard some people still get their period while being pregnant my mom did for 3 months .

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:57 amDecember 11, 2012

      Hi Lili,

      From what you told me, it does not sound likely that you are currently pregnant. But I have a few questions: Are you trying to get pregnant? If not, what are you using for birth control? If you are charting your fertility in order to avoid pregnancy, simply taking your temperature without a full understanding of how your body works, and the rules of the method is not sufficient. I suggest you read up on the Fertility Awareness Method, whether you are trying to avoid or achieve pregnancy. Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler is an excellent book on FAM, and is available in most bookstores and libraries.

      • Lili

        5:53 amDecember 11, 2012

        I’m currently not on the pill or no type of birth control . I’m 18 and I’m not trying to get pregnant I was just a little worry I could be .

        • Lili

          5:54 amDecember 11, 2012

          I’m currently not on the pill or no type of birth control . I’m 18 and I’m not trying to get pregnant I was just a little worry I could be . Is there a way my body would be different after losing my virginity or should I be feeling different ?

          • Kati Bicknell

            6:12 amDecember 11, 2012

            Hi Lili,

            After having sex for the first time, the only difference in your body is that the hymen (small area of thin skin that partially covers the vaginal opening) could be stretched more than it was before. Some girls experience a small amount of bleeding the first time they have sex because of this.

            But many women and girls do feel different emotionally after having sex for the first time. It’s a good idea to talk to someone you trust if you’re having feelings that are hard to process.

            If you are trying to avoid pregnancy it’s important that you practice safe sex EVERY time you have sex. Charting your fertility can help you learn more about your body, and when you may be fertile, but until you are very well-versed in charting and know how to follow all the rules, make sure to use another type of protection that works for both you and your partner. Condoms and spermicide are a popular choice. There are also diaphragms, and cervical caps. And there are many hormonal contraceptives as well, if that’s something you’re interested in. Talk to your health care provider about the options that might be a good fit, based on what is important to you.

            Here is a good resource to get you started: http://bedsider.org/

            Best of luck!

          • Lili

            6:40 amDecember 11, 2012

            I do feel weird emotionally but it’s just a feeling I can’t describe also this morning a had a little spotting and I had vaginal released it was white.a little confused here .

          • Kati Bicknell

            7:54 amDecember 11, 2012

            Hi Lili,

            I’m sorry that you are feeling weird. It’s pretty normal though, having sex can be a lot to process emotionally, even after you’ve been doing it for years! Do you have a sister, cousin, friend, aunt or teacher you feel comfortable talking to? Maybe your mom? Sometimes it helps just to talk about what you’re feeling and have someone understand.

            As for the spotting and white substance you noticed, if you’ve had sex recently the spotting might be your hymen bleeding a little bit, and the white substance may be your partner’s ejaculate, if he ejaculated inside you.

            Or the spotting may be ovulatory spotting, or spotting at the end of your period.

            And the white substance may have been cervical fluid, a totally normal substance made by your cervix. You can read more about it here: http://kindara.com/blog/cervical-fluid-and-fertility/

            It’s great that you are starting to notice these things. :) That’s the first step to charting your fertility. :)

            Let me know if you have more questions. I’m happy to help.

  • Lindsey

    8:19 pmDecember 12, 2012

    My BBT was up for 12 days after ovulation- coverline is 97,82. On the 13th and 14th day it dropped to 97.99 and 97.89 respectively. No AF but HPT was negative. This am it went up to 98.23, no AF and no cramping but HPT is still negative. I am confused. Is there still hope?

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:11 amDecember 13, 2012

      Hi Lindsey,

      Sometimes home pregnancy tests can give false negatives, even if you are pregnant, especially in the early stages of pregnancy. My advice would be to get a more sensitive pregnancy test, and to test with your first urine of the day, as it’s usually the most concentrated. Here is a list of the most sensitive pregnancy tests. http://www.pregnancy-health-center.com/pregnancy-test-sensitivity.html

      Good luck!

  • Renu Punjabi

    11:24 pmDecember 12, 2012

    I am experiencing low temps at the end of my leutal phase but have no periods yet?

    I did artificial insemination on 27th and today is 15th day after ovulation and still no periods but low temps.. What does it mean?

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:08 amDecember 13, 2012

      Hi Renu,

      It’s hard for me to say what might be going on without seeing your fertility chart. Are you charting with the Kindara App? If so you can send it to us using the Ask an Expert feature.

      If you’re not charting with Kindara, let me know and we’ll work something out.

  • Michelle Franco

    8:42 amDecember 13, 2012

    I’m kinda concern, I got cervical fluid on the 11th but it came down one day and that was it. Normally it last about 3 days. Why could this be happening?

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:51 amDecember 13, 2012

      Hi Michelle,

      It’s hard to say why this might be happening without seeing your full chart, and any past fertility charts you might have. If you are charting using the Kindara app you can send us your charts using the Ask and Expert feature. If you’re not charting with Kindara, let me know and we can work something out.

  • peace

    8:30 pmDecember 13, 2012

    Hi. This as an awesome post. I’m new to bbt charting. The info here has helped me a lot in understanding the concept n usage of bbt. Thanks a ton. If u can please suggest me some thing for the following:
    I’m 27 my hubby’s 32. V hv been married for a year now. Tried to conceive by taking help from a gyno who said my reproductive system was healthy but I had long cycles ranging from 35-40 days. So I was prescribed progesterone tabs and pubergen shots .took dem for three months and conceived in the third month sep 2012. But it ended in a termination with methotrexate after4 weeks as it turned Out to be ectopic (in my right tube). I got my first cycle n dis is my second one. My lmp was 8/11/2012. as of today iam i guess 6days late. My temp has been ranging between 98.0 to 98.3 since a week. Negative hpt. Any suggestions would be very helpful? Should I c my gyn?
    Warm regards.

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:57 amDecember 14, 2012

      Hello there Peace,

      I’m sorry to hear about your difficulty getting pregnant and your ectopic pregnancy. :(

      It’s great that you’ve started charting your fertility! I hope we can serve as a resource for you to learn about your reproductive health, so you can get pregnant.

      Do you have a fertility chart that I could look at? That would help me understand where you are at in your cycle, and what may be going on. If you are charting with the Kindara iPhone app you can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature within the app.

      If you are not charting with Kindara, let me know and we’ll work something out.

      Best of luck!

  • Kasha

    7:41 pmDecember 16, 2012

    Hi, thank you for this BBT info! Do I need a specific thermometer or just a regular electronic one that comes in standard first aid kit? So before moving or talking etc just measure orally in bed every day? Many thanks

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:35 amDecember 18, 2012

      Hi Kasha,

      A regular electronic fever thermometer works well for many women. Just make sure that if you are charting in Celsius that the thermometer has two decimal places. (0.00) If you are charting in Fahrenheit one decimal place is fine. (0.0)

      If you want more accuracy, or if you are not noticing a shift in your temperature over the course of your cycle you may want to get a BBT thermometer.

      Yes, just measure your temperature under your tongue each morning just after you wake up, while still in bed.

      I hope that helps, let me know if you have more questions. :)

  • Angel

    9:42 pmDecember 17, 2012

    Hello,
    While trying to figure out what is going on with me I ran across this website. I’ve been charting on and off for about 2 years (don’t have an iphone devise as of right now so I have not been able to use your app.) so I understand the processes of it. My cycle is on average a length of 25 days, I tend to ovulate some where around day 10-12 of my cycle my FP temps tend to be on average around 97.7-97.8 then it rises to 98-98.8 for my LP stage then drops when I’m about to get my period. So I am confused this month because I started my cycle this time on Nov 19th and was supposed to get my period on Dec 14th and today (Dec 17th) my waking temp remained high 98.5 but I seem to have gotten my period and that normally would be fine but I’m not having any of my usual severe cramping and discomfort. I’m having very little cramping and my breast still feel tender and I’ve been nauseous so now. Prior to the bleeding I thought I could have been pregnant and was planing to take a pregnancy test on Thursday but now I’m just confused. Please Help!!!

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:43 amDecember 18, 2012

      Hi Angel,

      Thanks for all that detailed information. The bleeding you are experiencing may be implantation spotting. Implantation is when a fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall to start a pregnancy.

      It’s also possible that the bleeding may be your period, but just might be acting differently from how it usually does. Keep an eye on it and see if it turns into “real” bleeding, or stays as this odd spotting.

      A sensitive home pregnancy test could confirm for you if you are pregnant. Here is a list of the most sensitive ones: http://www.pregnancy-health-center.com/pregnancy-test-sensitivity.html

      Good luck! I hope you get the result you want! :)

  • Ann e

    3:13 amDecember 18, 2012

    I had temperature dip 36.2 at 15 days past ovulation and started to bleed. On the 17day past ovulation temperature goes up to 36.6 i tested and found out am pregnant. What happened

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:45 amDecember 18, 2012

      Hi Ann,

      The bleeding you experienced may have been implantation spotting. Some women also see a dip in temperature around ovulation. Implantation is when a fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall to start a pregnancy.

      Does that help? Let me know if you have more questions.

      • Ann e

        4:21 amDecember 18, 2012

        Thanks the Bleeding was heavy for few hours the third day. Am confused bcos i had lots of cramps from 11 days past ovulation and why My temperature dip accompanied by Bleeding which means menstruation from what i read but ended up being pregnant
        V.

        • Kati Bicknell

          4:27 amDecember 18, 2012

          Hi Ann,

          Some women do get a dip in temperature, as well as bleeding when they become pregnant. I’m sorry you felt confused! If I can help you sort anything out please ask me any questions you may have.

  • Robin

    9:32 pmDecember 25, 2012

    I just started charting last month and
    am confused on my temperatures.
    I think that I ovulated last month do to
    temperature increase and staying up(
    went up on day 8 and stayed
    constantly till day 20)
    but it was not when the fertility friend
    app predicted which I’m sure is normal
    On day 20 I got my period which is 5
    days before last month. My temperature
    dropped the first day of my period but
    now is high like it was after what I
    believe to be my ovulation. I really
    just want I know what is going on. I
    was on the pill for 10 years and just
    want to make sure I have ovulated.
    I can email my chart if needed.

    • Kati Bicknell

      7:31 amJanuary 1, 2013

      Hi Robin,

      If you’re charting with the Kindara iPhone app you can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature. We will be happy to take a look. If you’re not using Kindara let me know, we have another offer we can extend to you.

      As for Fertility Friend’s predictions, I have seen them be wrong so many times that I really don’t trust the algorithm they use. (Actually I don’t trust fertility charting computer algorithms at all! I think the human touch is really needed.)

      Looking forward to helping you get this sorted out.

      • Robin

        4:19 pmJanuary 1, 2013

        I entered all if my data from fertility
        Friend into a kindara app but I don’t
        have the money to send it to you. Is
        there another way for you to see it?
        My temperature keeps dropping even
        when I take it later in the day it is
        lower than the morning now. I’m
        getting more confused by the day.

        • Kati Bicknell

          3:44 amJanuary 3, 2013

          Hi Robin,

          Our Ask an Expert service through the Kindara app is the most cost-effective way for us to look at your chart right now. The $20 investment you make into understanding your reproductive health will be a valuable asset for many years to come! :)

          • Robin

            8:03 amJanuary 3, 2013

            Sorry to hear that. Maybe I will be able
            to later right now my husband is out
            of work so all the money we have is
            needed.i will try to save up the money
            He will go back in April so
            maybe then. Thanks

  • AMY

    8:38 pmDecember 26, 2012

    I usually have a lowest temperature followed by 2 days of gradual rise in temperature and then it becomes hight. For eg from the start of the cycle my temperature varies between 97.5 to 97.8. The minimum temp is 97.2. After that for 3 days my temp is between 97.3 to 97.5. After that it rises to 98. So do I have my ovulation between 97.2 & 97.3 or between 97.2 & 98

    • Kati Bicknell

      7:39 amJanuary 1, 2013

      Hi Amy,

      Without seeing your charts, I would say that once your temp hits the 98 range, then you can confirm ovulation. If you’d like me to take a look at your charts I’d be happy to, to give you more information. If you’re charting with Kindara for iPhone you can send them to us using the Ask an Expert feature.

      Let me know if you have more questions.

      • AMY

        4:07 pmJanuary 1, 2013

        Temperature is as follows:
        Day 14: 18/12 – 97.6
        Day 15: 19/12 – 97.2
        Day 16: 20/12 – 97.3
        Day 17: 21/12 – 97.5
        Day 18: 22/12 – 97.4
        Day 19: 23/12 – 97.9
        Day 20: 24/12 – 97.8
        Day 21: 25/12 – 98.1
        Since then my temperature is consistently at 98. After my least temp on 15th day temp doesnt rise on the next day, but it increases gradually. So do I have ovulation between day 15 & 16 or between 15 &19?

        • Kati Bicknell

          3:38 amJanuary 3, 2013

          Hi Amy,

          Please download Kindara and enter your data into the app. You can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature, and our fertility counselors will be glad to help you out.

          If you don’t have an iPhone/iPod/iPad let me know, as we have another offer we can extend to you.

      • AMY

        4:30 pmJanuary 1, 2013

        Please find my chart at http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/4180fb

  • Nathalie

    10:06 amDecember 28, 2012

    Hey I am so glade I came across this thread. I had been trying for about a year but no success. I had started taking my temp for the first time. My cycle has been really long since September! They were usually 28 days before that. I have no idea why :(. This is my chart and according to FF I was supposed to have AF come on the 26th but my temps have been acting up. Let me know what you think!

    http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/3d2f85/“>My Ovulation Chart

    • Kati Bicknell

      7:45 amJanuary 1, 2013

      Hi Nathalie,

      Don’t pay any attention to when Fertility Friend says you are fertile, ovulating or likely to get your period. The algorithm they use to predict these things is often wrong.

      The link to your chart didn’t work. Try attaching it again? I’d be happy to take a look.

      • Nathalie

        7:49 amJanuary 1, 2013

        My temperature had just started going up so I ovulated later than I thought?

        Thank you!

      • Nathalie

        8:23 amJanuary 1, 2013

        http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/416f1e
        Here is the link

        • Kati Bicknell

          8:47 amJanuary 1, 2013

          Hi Nathalie,

          Okay great! That worked. Yes, it does look like you’ve only just ovulated recently, I would say on on or around Cycle Day 55, based on your temperature pattern. :)

          • Nathalie

            8:49 amJanuary 1, 2013

            Hopefully this month is the lucky month for me after trying for a year!

  • Natalie

    5:43 pmDecember 28, 2012

    Hi there i live your app.
    I’ve started using it for the first time this month after starting in clomid ( I have pcos and miscarried in September).

    This is probably a really stupid question but my digital thermometer only has three characters so show my temps as 36.2, 36.5 etc do I enter this as 36.02, 36.05 or 36.20, 36.50 sorry for the daft question but want to make sure I’m charting correctly for my consultant

    Many thanks

    • Kati Bicknell

      7:51 amJanuary 1, 2013

      Hi Natalie,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. My heart goes out to you. I know that can be devastating.

      Your question is not stupid at all! It’s actually an EXCELLENT question and I’m really glad you asked it. The answer is: When charting in Celsius, you must chart to the hundredth of a degree. (0.00) A thermometer that only measures to the tenth of a degree (0.0) is not precise enough for fertility charting purposes.

      So, no, do not enter your temps in the way you described, your chart will not make any sense, and won’t be an accurate representation of your state of fertility.

      You’ll need to get a new thermometer, one that reads to the hundredth of a degree, in Celsius.

      Best of luck! Let me know if you have more questions.

  • AMY

    12:15 pmJanuary 2, 2013

    My chart is http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/4180fb/“>My Ovulation Chart

    After a low temperature on day 17, I record a gradual rise in temperature. It does not jump to 98 but reaches gradually. Does that mean I ovulated on 17th day or just before I record temperature of 98?

  • Bethany

    5:47 pmJanuary 3, 2013

    I have had pretty consistent charted cycles for the past 3 months – Ovulating between day 16 – 18, followed by a luteal phase of 9 -10 days. I just got my non-hormonal IUD removed a month ago and my husband and I started trying. As of today (day 30), my luteal phase has been 15 days, but I’ve taken 4 (!) pregnancy tests and they are all coming back negative. This morning, my temperature dropped, but I have not gotten my period or even any spotting. I haven’t slept well this week, so I thought maybe that was throwing off my BBT. Could my temperature have dropped for any other reason besides my period coming? If my period doesn’t come, despite the temperature drop, should I go see a doctor?

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:19 amJanuary 4, 2013

      Hi Bethany,

      Due to the overwhelming number of questions we are receiving on the blog, if you have specific questions about your cycle, please ask them through the Ask an Expert feature of our Kindara for iPhone app. Myself and other fertility counselors will be happy to help you out there. :)

      • Bethany

        10:07 pmJanuary 4, 2013

        Katie,

        Are you developing an app for Android? I don’t have an iPhone :(

        • Kati Bicknell

          6:26 amJanuary 8, 2013

          Hi Bethany,

          Yes! We are developing an Android app. It won’t be ready for a little while, but it is in the works. Watch this blog for updates about it. :)

  • Janelle

    3:36 amJanuary 4, 2013

    This is the first cycle that i have charted. Today is day 17. MY temps have been pretty regular through out, except day 14-15. day 14 was 35.92 (Celsius) and day 15 went up to 36.64. I thought that meant that i ovulated, but then day 16 my temp dropped back again to 36.10. My app has said that there is no indication of ovulation. i didnt notice and change to cervical fluid. I have had a sore throat for about 5 days, so i am not sure if that could have something to do with it. I am just confused as to why my temp could spike like that, and then not continue to be higher. Any advice?

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:23 amJanuary 4, 2013

      Hi Janelle,

      Due to the overwhelming number of questions we are receiving on the blog, if you have specific questions about your cycle, please ask them through the Ask an Expert feature of our Kindara for iPhone app. Myself and other fertility counselors will be happy to help you out there. :)

  • Uche

    4:59 amJanuary 4, 2013

    Hi, been charting for 3 months and consistently getting a sharp dip in temperature on around day 8 of my cycle. What does this mean?

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:23 amJanuary 4, 2013

      Hi Uche,

      Due to the overwhelming number of questions we are receiving on the blog, if you have specific questions about your cycle, please ask them through the Ask an Expert feature of our Kindara for iPhone app. Myself and other fertility counselors will be happy to help you out there. :)

  • Patty

    5:35 amJanuary 5, 2013

    hi, i have a question, i’ve been charting since march 2011, my luteal phase has always been 6 or 7 days, I have had two miscarriages, after the first one, my luteal phase has become longer 10 or 12 days, but i had the second miscarriage after 6 month from the first one …. after that, my ob prescribed progesterone supositories, but this month (first one taking progesterone) i have notice my after ovulation my temps have been fluctuating i dont understand why, like one day it will be 36.7 and the next day 36.5 and the next again 36.7 and the next again 36.5 … i started spotting at 5 dpo, and again today 7 dpo, i usually spot 4 or 5 days before af but this cycle is driving nuts!! i hope you can help me :) thank you so much.

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:30 amJanuary 8, 2013

      Hi Patty,

      Due to the overwhelming number of questions we are receiving on the blog, if you have specific questions about your cycle, please ask them through the Ask an Expert feature of our Kindara for iPhone app. Myself and other fertility counselors will be happy to help you out there. :)

  • Mrs. Rosario

    1:48 pmJanuary 11, 2013

    I’m so lost and confused about this charting thing is there anyway you can help me at all with my charting

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:38 amJanuary 12, 2013

      Hi Mrs. Rosario,

      Certainly! The Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara app will give you access to fertility counselors who can give you personalized support, tailored to your current level of knowledge, and fertility goals. The app is free to download in the app store, and the Ask an Expert feature is currently on sale for $19.99.

  • Nadia

    12:20 pmJanuary 12, 2013

    My husband and I just recently learned how to start charting. I started earlier this week charting my bbt, mucus, and cervix. I am four days late for my period to start. Is there a range for where the bbt should be in early pregnancy? My bbt has been 98.4 all week.

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:58 amJanuary 15, 2013

      Hi Nadia,

      We’d need to see your chart to answer this specific question. It’s better suited to the Ask and Expert feature in the Kindara iPhone app. Due to the overwhelming number of questions we are receiving on the blog, only general fertility charting questions will be answered here.

      If you’ve got the Kindara iPhonne app, you might want to ask this question through the Ask an Expert feature, then you’ll get a fertility counselor who can go deeper in depth with you on your charting, and help you understand what may be going on with your temperatures.

      Best of luck!

  • Katey

    7:31 pmJanuary 13, 2013

    Great info I hope this works for is
    And that when I have my husband
    Read it he understands it! Lol

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:55 amJanuary 15, 2013

      Hi Katey,

      Great to hear that! If you have any questions about fertility charting feel free to ask. :)

  • Katherine

    1:03 amJanuary 15, 2013

    Hi,
    I am charting my bbt for about an year and using my bbt I got prego once but it ended up in a miscarriage a year ago. Now I am in my clomid 25 mg cycle 1 and charting my bbt. It looks pretty good until my follicular phase that is till ovulation. I saw a rise from 96.8 to 97.9 and immediately the next day it went below my coverline till 96.8 again and again elevated bbt for 4 days and then again a drop back. It looks so crazy. I don’t have any idea what is going on. Another info is O happend on my Cd 26 and around cd 35 I saw spotting when I am whipping out. And then it stopped and am overdue for my periods now. I don’t know whether this is Bcoz of the clomid effect. Why my LP looks so different to my other cycle chart?

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:52 amJanuary 15, 2013

      Hi Katherine,

      There is a lot going on here. This type of question is better suited to the Ask and Expert feature in the Kindara iPhone app. Due to the overwhelming number of questions we are receiving on the blog, only general fertility charting questions will be answered here.

      If you’ve got the Kindara iPhonne app, you might want to ask this question through the Ask an Expert feature, then you’ll get a fertility counselor who can go deeper in depth with you on your charting, and help you understand what may be going on.

      Best of luck!

  • Susan

    10:58 pmJanuary 16, 2013

    I am trying to get pregnant and I lost
    my period this month and I did the pre
    nancy test but it tested negative. And I
    am not seeing any sign of ovulation.
    What do I do?

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:51 amJanuary 17, 2013

      Hi Susan,

      Are you charting your fertility using temperature and cervical fluid? If so, and you’re also using the Kindara iPhone app, you can use the Ask an Expert feature of the app, and we’ll help you sort this out. There is more information that we’d need from you in order get a clear idea of what may be going on, and due to the overwhelming number of questions we receive on the blog, we are now answering only general fertility charting questions, not specific to your particular cycle questions.

  • Susan

    11:06 pmJanuary 16, 2013

    Hi Kati I just did my temperature this
    Morning and it is 36.7 what dose this
    indicate?

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:52 amJanuary 17, 2013

      Hi Susan,

      One temperature on its own doesn’t tell us anything about what may be going on. The temperature in relation to all your other temperatures, and your cervical fluid pattern will give us a great deal of information about your cycle, and reproductive health in general. If you have the Kindara iPhone app you can get all your questions answered by our fertility counselors.

      Best of luck!

  • Lisa

    7:28 amJanuary 20, 2013

    Hi Kati
    I’m really confused with my chart! This is my first month of charting. I stopped my pill at the beginning of September 2012 and I’ve had long cycles since then (45+days). I also have an underactive thyroid so I don’t know if this is affecting it. It looks as though I’ve ovulated twice. Is this possible? I’ve also been using OPKs but haven’t had any clear positives, though I have had a few where the test line has been visible but not as dark as the control. Could you please have a look at my chart and give me some advice?
    http://FertilityFriend.com/home/412dea/
    Thanks, Lisa. X

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:32 amJanuary 22, 2013

      Hi Lisa,

      Due to the large number of questions we receive on the blog, we are now answering only general fertility charting questions here. For help with your specific situation, you might want to download the Kindara iPhone app, and make use of the Ask and Expert feature there. Our fertility counselors will help you sort your cycle out and get to the bottom of this! :)

      • Lisa

        2:51 amJanuary 22, 2013

        Any idea when the Android app will be ready as I don’t have an iPhone.

        • Kati Bicknell

          3:31 amJanuary 22, 2013

          Hi Lisa,

          It’s on the way! We are building it right now. :) It will probably be ready in a few months.

  • Mrs Vilakazi

    8:25 pmJanuary 21, 2013

    Hi There :)

    I hope you can help and lovely post, reading it all the way from South Africa.

    I am 25 and just got married, my husband and I have been trying to conceive for about 5 months now and there is no luck :( please not that I have 1 ovary. the ovary on my left was removed 6 months ago when it had an infection and i was told the one on my right should be ok.

    Well to cut the long story short, I have just started charting my temperature for a couple days buy it doesn’t seem to be changing, it stays the same. Through out my 5 months of trying to conceive i have realized that i don’t get cervical mucus ( clear or egg white type) its always white and creamy through out my cycles… (sorry to be graphic) could there be something wrong with me or am i missing a step or just overreacting.

    I would truly appreciate feed back.

    Thank you

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:27 amJanuary 22, 2013

      Hi Mrs. Vilakazi

      Due to the large number of questions we receive on the blog, we are now answering only general fertility charting questions here. For help with your specific situation, you might want to download the Kindara iPhone app, and make use of the Ask and Expert feature there. Our fertility counselors will help you sort your cycle out and get to the bottom of this! :)

      Best of luck,
      Kati

  • Courtney

    9:46 pmJanuary 22, 2013

    I had a baby in June and went on bc in December. I stayed on the pill for 2 months before deciding to attempt the BBT natural family planning method. How long will it take for me to chart my cycle and get all of the hormones from the pill out of my body? And I am practicing BBT to PREVENT pregnancy. Can you point me in the direction of what days we will want protection? Most everything on here is for fertility. We want another baby someday, but want to stay a family of 3 for now. Advice is appreciated.

    • Kati Bicknell

      1:57 amJanuary 23, 2013

      Hi Courtney,

      Congratulations on your baby! :) Each woman’s body is different, so while some may get their natural cycle back right away after stopping the pill, for others it can take several months, or even longer, in some cases.

      If you are charting to prevent pregnancy it’s important to chart your cervical fluid as well! Also make sure you FULLY understand all the rules of the Fertility Awareness Method before relying on it to prevent pregnancy. I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. It’s the best book I’ve found on the topic. You can also look for fertility counselors in your area. I can’t stress enough that how important it is to completely understand the method and how it works before relying on it to prevent pregnancy. Eventually we plan to teach through Kindara as well, but for now it’s best to read Taking Charge of Your Fertility, then ask us any questions you might have, through the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara app.

  • Marlene

    10:18 amJanuary 25, 2013

    Hi..

    Today is my 3rd day missed period. Normally i do have regular period. i did not take any pills or do anything unusual this month but went for honeymoon. since a week before my period due, i do feel alittle symptoms but thought it could be period approaching. I tested since the day my period was due and keep getting negative. The day I got my missed period my breast was really hot and tender. I was out of curious and squeeze my left nipple and saw a tiny whitish watery bump which I experienced it when I had my #1 six years ago. I take my temperature every morning 5.30 and range at 98.1 to 98.3. This morning I test my BBT was 36.74 degree Celsius(98.1) because I test in degree Celsius, I seems like a dropped compare to the past few days. Now I am so confuse, if I am pregnant or not with the temperature I got this morning.

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:06 amJanuary 26, 2013

      Hi Marlene,

      Thanks for your question! We have been getting so many questions on the blog that we’ve chosen to now only answer general fertility charting questions here. For specific questions related to your situation it’s best to use the Ask an Expert feature in the Kindara iPhone app. Our fertility counselors will help you get this all sorted out. :)

      Best of luck to you!

  • Marlene

    10:27 amJanuary 25, 2013

    Sorry I meant 98.1 to 98.6. A little confuse with Fahrenheit because I always test in degree Celsius.

  • Rose

    5:28 pmJanuary 25, 2013

    Hi,

    Could you please help me understand more my BBT. I started charting my BBT this month and the second month of using OPK. I got both OPK (+) and slippery CM(around 2 p.m) on cd 20. So, baby dance on that day at night. From cd 21 to 25, BBTs were between 36.6 to 37(cd 25). On cd 29, BBT dip down to 36.6. Cd 30- 37.1 again(even higher). So, I thought that the dip was the implantation dip. From Cd 31 to cd 37, BBTs were 37 to 36.7. On Cd 37, I got period. I am confused that I didn’t conceive at all. It’s miscarriage Or could I still expect prego as BBT is still above cover line??? A lot of questions in my head are driving me mad. I would appreciate any suggestions. Anybody who has the same experience??? Thanks in advance. Sorry for my long paragraph.

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:10 amJanuary 26, 2013

      Hi Rose,

      I’m sorry things are so confusing for you right now.

      We have been getting so many questions on the blog that we’ve chosen to now only answer general fertility charting questions here. For specific questions related to your situation it’s best to use the Ask an Expert feature in the Kindara iPhone app. Our fertility counselors will help you get this all sorted out. :)

      Best of luck to you!

  • Ashley

    2:45 amJanuary 26, 2013

    Hi! I just downloaded your app so I haven’t started charting yet. Can you tell me if breastfeeding affects bbt? I am nursing a 2 month old and would like to track ovulation since I am not having a period yet. We don’t want to get pregnant again right away and I’d rather not do birth control while nursing and for family history reasons.

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:25 amJanuary 29, 2013

      Hi Ashley,

      When breastfeeding it’s best to chart your cervical fluid. That will tell you when your fertility is returning, and when ovulation is approaching. If you chart your temperature you will be able to see when you ovulated, but that won’t help you if you’re trying to avoid pregnancy for now, as by the time you’ve ovulated, you will have already entered and left your fertile window, (and possibly gotten pregnant.) Many nursing moms find that the conditions needed to get an accurate BBT reading (at least 3 consecutive hours of sleep, waking up at the same time each day) are hard to attain while breastfeeding. For more information on charting to avoid pregnancy while breastfeeding check out the Lactational Amenorrhea Method

  • Marlene

    6:44 amJanuary 26, 2013

    Today I got my bbt at the lowest 97.7
    ;( does that mean period approaching? Will my bbt raise again? Or can low bbt still have chance of pregnancy?

  • Christina

    1:45 amJanuary 27, 2013

    Hello, my husband and I have been TTC for 3 years now. We went to a fertility clinic and wasted our money because they suggested insemination, which we tried 3 times with no luck and didn’t get any answers. I recently started charting and my temps before ovulation were a steady 97.6 with one day going to 97.7. My temp then went up to 98 on day 13, which I assume is when I ovulated but then it went back down to 97.6 the next day and has been 97.7 since then. I am only on day 17 of charting but I am worried because my chart looks nothing like the “normal bbt charts” I’ve seen. Is this normal, to only be .1 degree higher than normal after ovulating?

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:41 amJanuary 29, 2013

      Hi Christina,

      I’m sorry you had such a bad experience at the fertility clinic. Generally post ovulatory temperatures are at least .2 degrees higher than the preovulatory temperatures. If you’d like help interpreting your charts you can send them to us using the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara iPhone app. Our fertility counselors will work with you to get to the bottom of this, and help you get pregnant.

      Best of luck!

  • Meg

    2:21 amJanuary 27, 2013

    Hi, I am ttc and my temperatures look like rocky mountains. I take my temp at the same time every morning when I wake up and I have a very healthy diet and drink very little alcohol. However, one morning it’s high and the next it’s low and it’s just so hard to see any consistent pattern. I am also using OPK tests but I just want to be precise and know if/when I am ovulating mostly because we are doing at home insemination and timing is everything! Thanks for any insight!

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:44 amJanuary 29, 2013

      Hi Meg,

      Did you have a specific question? I’d love to answer any general fertility charting question you have. If it’s of a more specific nature, (i.e. something that is only relevant to your particular situtaion) it’s best to use the Ask an Expert feature of our Kindara iPhone app.

      Best Wishes,

  • Son

    9:09 pmJanuary 31, 2013

    I have read so much on other website about basal temp, since I have started charting mine this month, but your explanation is the best, very clear and answers all my questions about temp charting.

    Thank you.

    • Kati Bicknell

      5:07 amFebruary 1, 2013

      Thanks Son! I’m glad you found it helpful. That makes me happy. :)

  • Emma

    7:02 pmFebruary 2, 2013

    Hi, I am new to charting and my chart
    Shows I clearly ovulated on CD14,
    Intercourse was timed well. My cycles
    Are a little erratic, but I am currently on
    Cycle day 30 and my temperatures
    Have dropped to the cover line of my
    But still no AF? I haven’t tested yet,
    Just a little concerned as I was expecting
    To get my menses on day 28? Any advise
    Would be appreciated

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:30 amFebruary 5, 2013

      Hi Emma,

      I’d like to see your chart, if possible. Are you charting with the Kindara app? If so you can send it to us using the Ask an Expert feature.

      • Emma

        1:20 pmFebruary 6, 2013

        Hi Katie,

        Thanks for your reply however, i got the dreaded menses :( never mind, try again this month.

        Thanks again,
        Emma

  • Jerilynn C. Prior

    2:43 amFebruary 5, 2013

    I think it is important to analyze the temperatures in a valid way–because they don’t always look ideal as in Kati’s figure. Also, it is important because just eye-balling temperatures, even when done by experts, is not valid.
    But, you can analyze the temperature data from a full cycle in a scientific way. That is explained here http://www.cemcor.ubc.ca/files/uploads/QBT_instructions.pdf. The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation research (www.cemcor.ubc.ca) compared this mean-temperature method (analyzed without knowing the hormonal data) with the blood LH peak information in the same women and showed that it was scientifically valid (Prior Clinical Investigative Medicine 1990). Interestingly, this simple-to-calculate mean temperature quantitative assessment of basal temperature (QBT) was originated by Rudolph Vollman, a Swiss physician who studied hundreds of women and then their daughters’ temperatures for dozens of years. Vollman’s study and the collaboration of all those women, was made possible by the assistance of Ursula Vollman, his wife (although her name is not on his papers!).

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:20 pmFebruary 4, 2013

      Hi Jerilynn,

      Thanks for the link! I personally use Toni Weschler’s method. If the alleged “high” temperature is at least .2 degrees higher than the previous temperature, and at least .1 degree higher than the highest of the previous 6 temperatures, then it’s a possible ovulation. Of course one would need to wait for 3 days to make sure that this was a sustained temperature rise, and not just an outlier.

  • Megan Humm

    6:41 pmFebruary 5, 2013

    Wow! Very informative. I’m 26 and I feel as though I have learnt so much more about my body just by reading all of this info and getting this app! Thank you thank you thank you xx

    • Kati Bicknell

      12:02 pmFebruary 6, 2013

      Hi Megan,

      You’re welcome! I’m glad it’s helpful. :) If you have any questions, just let me know.

  • Mrs Oliver

    8:09 pmFebruary 6, 2013

    My husband and I are using the temperature method after months of not being able to get pregnant. I take my temperature at the same time every morning before Ive done anything. I roll over and take it. My temperature fluctuates between 97.8 and 97.8. I don’t think Ive hit ovulation yet. Is this normal to have a different temp every day? I have an irregular period as well. If we can’t get pregnant this month, Im heading to the doctors. Any insights you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    • Kati Bicknell

      10:48 amFebruary 7, 2013

      Hi Mrs Oliver,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having a hard time getting pregnant. It’s great that you’ve started charting your temperature! :) You wrote that your temperature fluctuates between 97.8 and 97.8, is that what you meant to write? It’s normal to have slight fluctuations in temperature.

      Many women with irregular periods are still able to conceive. They key in that case, (and its helpful in any case) is to chart your cervical fluid. That will give you a better idea of when you are fertile, and able to conceive. Charting your temperature only confirms that ovulation has happened, after the fact, at which point the egg is already gone, and pregnancy is no longer possible. Check out this post on the things you’ll want to know when trying to conceive.

  • Dawn

    8:54 amFebruary 9, 2013

    Hi. Is there any reason why my temps would fall for the 4 days prior to my period? Seems like my luteal phase is 15 days, but shouldn’t your temp only drop the day before your period, and not 4 days before? Do you think it is a hormone imbalance?

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:23 pmFebruary 11, 2013

      Hi Dawn,

      Is your luteal phase usually 15 days, or are you new to charting? Temperatures that drop below the coverline can be an indication of a hormone imbalance, but I’d have to see your chart/s to get a full read of what may be going on. If you have the Kindara app you can use our Ask an Expert feature to get your chart analyzed by our fertility counselors.

      Best wishes!

  • Alyce Condon

    1:25 pmFebruary 13, 2013

    Hi, just wondering if you could please tell me of you think I ovulated, on CD 14 my temperature dropped from 35.80 to 35.33 and it remained elevated getting as high as 68.10 then on CD 23 it dropped back down to 35.80 is this normal? This is my first month temping and I have not yet noticed the EWCM or caught my surge on a urine test, pregnancy test is also negative.
    I do have POCS though doc took blood sample and said my hormone levels are fine.

    So confused, please help.

    Thanks

    • Kati Bicknell

      5:26 pmFebruary 13, 2013

      Hi Alyce,

      Your temperature pattern is concerning. I hope that 68.10 C was a typo, otherwise you should either get to the doctor immediately, or get a new thermometer.

      Unfortunately I can’t tell you if you may have ovulated unless I look at your chart. You can send that to us using the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara app.

      Best of luck!

  • Sara Bell

    9:06 amFebruary 14, 2013

    Hi. I had a miscarriage a year and a half ago. Found out I have endometriosis. I had been on the lupron shot for a 6 month treatment. My last shot was Dec. 8 2012. I know it can take up to 3 months for the lupron to be out of my system. I started taking my temp, my normal range is between 95.4 and 96.8. My temp this morning went up to 98.6. Is that normal? Can it indicate anything?
    * I have two children now and ttc our 3rd.*

    • Kati Bicknell

      1:06 pmFebruary 14, 2013

      Hi Sara,

      I’m sorry to hear about your miscarriage and endometriosis. :(

      One temperature on its own can’t tell us a whole lot about your fertility. I’d need to see your full chart to make any kind of assessment about what may be going on with your cycle. You can send us your charts using the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara app, and our fertility counselors will help you get things sorted out.

      Best wishes!

  • Ashley

    2:52 amFebruary 15, 2013

    I am ttc#3 and just have a question and wanted a opinion I have my cycle every 5th of the month. I had a non hormonal copper IUD in place until jan 28th when the dr took it out for me it is now feb 15th and still no af I started charting this week my bbt was 97.7 on weds than 97.3 thurs and back to 97.9 on fri I have been checking cm and cp to my cervix has been very high closed wet and my cervix feels very warm and “swelled” up does this sound like af might be coming soon? Or is this type of cervical positioning and temps normal for pregnancy? I have been having minimal cramping but no bloating or anything just unsure how late I could be or if I even am late??

    • Kati Bicknell

      12:00 pmFebruary 15, 2013

      Hi Ashley,

      Congrats on starting to chart! I hope you find it fun and illuminating. :)

      As you’ve only been charting for week, the information you have so far can’t tell us a whole lot. A lot of what charting is about is finding out your own patterns of high and low temperatures, and what your cervical fluid looks and feels like, and what your cervix feels like throughout the course of your cycle. I have a thing about the word “late” when referring to one’s period. It’s never “late”, there is always a reason that it arrives when it does, (or doesn’t arrive).

      If you think you might be pregnant, be sure to take a pregnancy test. If you’d like help interpreting your charts, you can send them to us using the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara iPhone app.

      Best of luck!

  • amanda

    12:58 pmFebruary 15, 2013

    My last period was on 1\10\13 and I have not had a period yet this month, but I did spot a little on 2\1\13 and 2\2\13. Iv taken two pregnancy test that were negative could i be pregnant?

    • Kati Bicknell

      1:25 pmFebruary 15, 2013

      Hi Amanda,

      If you think you might be pregnant it’s best to take a pregnancy test, which I see you’ve done. It is possible for pregnancy tests to give a negative result, especially early on in pregnancy. Try again in a few days, and if you still get a negative result, it’s pretty safe to assume that you’re not pregnant.

  • Megan Humm

    4:05 amFebruary 17, 2013

    Hi Kindara!
    I’m just wondering, how much alcohol would effect my bbt? One or two?
    Megan
    26
    Victoria, Australia

    • Kati Bicknell

      1:15 pmFebruary 18, 2013

      Hi Megan,

      Alcohol will affect each woman slightly differently. Some women can have a glass or two of wine and not notice any change in temperature the next day. Other women’s temperatures are highly sensitive to alcohol, and just half a glass of wine will give them higher temperatures the next morning. The best way to see how it affects you is to do some experimenting. If you have alcohol, make sure to make a note of that on your chart, and see the next morning if your temperature is higher. Soon you’ll discover just how alcohol affects your temps.

  • shannon

    7:29 amMarch 9, 2013

    I chart my bbt everyday. However I noticed my temp is lower at 10 pm than my waking temp. Is this normal?

  • Leticia

    10:13 pmMarch 12, 2013

    I had an iui on March 4th …. after this mu temperature roae to over 98, when normally its at 97.7. On the 9th my temperature took a dive to 97.7 and rose again the next day over 98. Could I be prego or did that dive mean I ovulated?

    • Kati Bicknell

      9:35 amMarch 13, 2013

      Hi Leticia,

      A dip in temperature does not necessarily mean you ovulated, check out this post about ovulation dip.

      Best of luck!

  • Stephanie

    5:38 amMarch 20, 2013

    The kindara app is great. Love it!

    My question is in looking at the graph you provided above what would be the optimal days for having inter course ? Would it be at the lowest point or when it rises again? I am confused because they say no more than every other day? I have tried both with an every other day pattern and no success. Thanks

    • Kati Bicknell

      10:12 amMarch 20, 2013

      Hi Stephanie,

      Basal Body Temperature confirms ovulation, which is very important, but once you see your temperature rise, it’s already too late to have a good shot at conceiving. Cervical fluid is a much better indicator of when ovulation is approaching. Check out this post for more info.

      When your temperature is still low, and when you have fertile cervical fluid is the best time to have sex if you’re trying to conceive. Every day, or every other day is fine, as long as your partner has a normal healthy sperm count.

  • Gee Gee

    12:46 pmMarch 24, 2013

    I admit that I didn’t start temping until
    5DPO and this what I got so far. Temps
    Are at the same time each morning
    Before rising. Hoping for BFP:

    5dpo-97.04
    6dpo-97.93
    7dpo-97.85
    8dpo-98.06
    9dpo-98.04
    10dpo-98.25
    11dpo-98.23

    Looking good for pregnant?

    Thanks

    • Kati Bicknell

      10:49 amMarch 27, 2013

      Hi Gee Gee

      I’m happy to answer general fertility charting questions here, but for more specific questions, (like yours) it’s best to use the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara app.

      Best of luck!

  • Christine

    10:11 amMarch 29, 2013

    Hi. I had a question. I got positive opks the 25-27 and had ewcm the 25 and watery cm the 27. My temp was on avg. 97.7 now it is 98.2 is that enough of a temp rise to say that I did indeed ovulate? I have done temping in the past and after I ovulated it went to 98.4 and stayed that way. I had a positive pregnacy test. Went in for my first doctor appt and saw I was pregnant but no heartbeat. I miscarried the baby a week later. Now we are trying to get back in baby mode a few months later and wasn’t sure if the temp had gone up enough to say that I did ovulate this cycle. Thanks for the help.

    • Kati Bicknell

      12:16 pmApril 1, 2013

      Hi Christine,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. :(

      I would need to see your charts in order to say if it looks like you’ve ovulated or not. You can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara app, if you have it. Our fertility counselors will help you get it sorted out.

      Best wishes to you!

  • Rhema

    7:13 amApril 3, 2013

    Hi, this is my 2nd month in charting and am TTC . My highest temps was 97.6 around CD16. since then, it has been hovering around 97.0-97.3. Is this a good indicator of prego as i am having all the prego symptoms. My AF is due today but hasn’t shown (am on 24 days Circle) and my last AF came on 22days.
    What should i expect pls?

    • Kati Bicknell

      12:34 pmApril 3, 2013

      Hi Rhema,

      I’m happy to answer any general fertility charting questions here, but for specific questions like yours it’s best to use the Ask an Expert feature of our app. Our fertility counselors will help you get this sorted out. :)

      Best of luck to you.

  • michelle

    1:56 pmApril 16, 2013

    Hi there,
    This was a very helpful webpage. I am starting to chart for the first time this cycle. I am on CD2. My morning temp was 98.0. I did a test run last night, before bed and was 96.6.
    Is that weird?

    My other question is this… my period is a consistent 5 week cycle, sometimes 5 week minus 1 or 2 days.
    I always get a +OPK around 2.2-2.6 weeks after CD1. I have been “verifying” the ovulation time with a +OPK test each month… for the past four months, bc we knew we would start trying in February. (noting, i know that +OPK does not mean you O that day.. but it indicates that the surge is there and you will O in the days to come).

    We have TTC for two cycles now. My last cycle try was:
    Sat: intercourse (dark, but not as dark as OPK)
    Sun: +OPK intercourse
    Mon: +OPK intercourse
    Tues: nothing (didnt test OPK)
    Wed: intercourse (didnt test OPK)

    I had EWCM on the wednesday before. (seems like a far distance before the +OPK).

    And we did not conceive. I know the charting will confirm the ovulation and help me understand my Luteal Phase length, but im just worried that something else is not right.

    With my first son, we did the same pattern with OPK.. this time we had sex more days, then with him. And with him, it worked on the first try.

    i started a chart… but it only has today’s temps and this month and last month’s assumed ovulation and period.

    anyway, just looking for some insights and encouragement that there may not be something wrong here.

    Other info:
    My son is 2.5. i got my period back when he was 10 months and have been consistently back on track with a 5 week cycle for a while now.
    I will be 35 in may.
    i am still sporadically nursing my son (maybe once per day..a little more on weekends)

    • Kati Bicknell

      10:25 pmApril 25, 2013

      Hi Michelle,

      Nothing to be alarmed about. Charting will help you figure out what’s going on with your cycle. It’s best to assuming everything is normal until proven otherwise. :)

      Check out our Knowledge Base at help.kindara.com, or read through this blog. Lots of information to help you through. And if you’re charting with the Kindara iPhone app you can make use of the Ask an Expert feature to work with a fertility counselor to get this all sorted out.

      Best of luck to you. :)

      • landmarkdwr

        10:59 amApril 26, 2013

        I have the same problem my temp is lowest at night. I cannot figure this out for anything. Could it be a hormonal imbalance?

        • Kati Bicknell

          1:12 pmApril 29, 2013

          Hi there,

          If you are getting a clear bi-phasic pattern with your morning temperature there’s no need to take your temperature at night.

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