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February 26th, 2013 10:14 AM #251Senior Member
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- Des Moines, IA
@Alzora - I tracked my Basil temp... and I didn't buy a special thermometer. I talked to a pharmacist and she said to use a regular thermometer, and to take your temp while at rest. So first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. I tracked mine for over a full year, and here is what I found out:
In combination with the Wandfo Ovulation kits (because I couldn't figure out the mucus part), I would pop positive on the kits for about 2 days, and then I would see a 1+ degree spike in my basil temp for another 2 days. I relied on that to make sure I ovulated. So when my January cycle was so off - pop positive on the test strip 5 days early, for 2 days, no change in basil temp for 5 days, and then my basil temp goes up 2 degrees - I thought the cycle was a bust. I kind of wish I had kept testing on the ovulation strips to see if I ovulated more than once.
I also have a friend who uses the Catholic Natural Planning method, only using the Basil Body temp, etc. as birth control. She has it all charted, and once her basil temp spikes, they know that they are in the clear and back to business as usual. It's worked for her for conception and prevention for 10 years (and 3 kids) now.
Good luck.Mom to Weston Christopher, b. 2008
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February 26th, 2013 07:24 PM #253
Welcome rosebyanyothername! I got the bad news on valentines day too. I've been trying since December, but since we haven't had much trouble getting pregnant in the past I have a very "when it happens, it happens" mentality. I do have a feeling this cycle might be a bit strange. I usually have consistant cycles but this time I had some cramping around CD11. I usually don't even get much cramping before AF. It was probably dehydration or something. I don't track my temps, but I am pretty early in the game.Mom to Henry, Mollie, Gideon, and expecting Clark Ebenezer in November.
February 26th, 2013 07:42 PM #255
@alzora, cervical mucus does not necessarily mean you ovulated. I got really excited last month cause I had not noticeably had it before and called my doctor too early (I needed to go in for an ultrasound once I ovulated) and when I went in she told me I wasn't ready to ovulate yet. The cervical mucus that I was experiencing was follicles on my ovaries. I didn't ovulate for another week after that, according to OPKs. It is weird learning all of this about my body!"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
February 26th, 2013 10:30 PM #257
I have learned that my temp spikes, CM changes, LH surges on ovulation test strips, and mittelschmerz (ovulation pain) NEVER SYNC UP. Never. So I quit following/testing for all of them. Well that's a lie I just quit relying on any of them. We're just doing every other day intimacy and then maybe an extra sex day if I get one of the ovulation symptoms as listed. If this doesn't work then I don't know what.
@skarba cramping at cd11 is a good ovulation sign!
@grecian, I would only use a special BBT so that it measures to a 100th of a degree, not just a 10th, as the changes can be so very slight you don't want to miss them. I bought a purple one for about $8, but I just can't commit to testing the same time every day.
I also have a saliva microscope to observe ferning ... But that never worked for me and was an expensive waste of time. Increased estrogen in the saliva is supposed to increase the appearance of "ferns" on the little microscope.“And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz
February 26th, 2013 10:41 PM #259“And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz