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    Lily

    If I were to have an anovulatory cycle, is something wrong with me? Can I prevent this from happening?

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    Courtney

    Hey ldellva! Almost every woman will experience an anovulatory cycle at some point in her life - so it doesn't necessarily mean anything's wrong! While anovulatory cycles can be caused by hormonal imbalances such as PCOS, they're also really common in the 2-3 years after a woman's first period, in the years leading up to menopause, while breastfeeding, and in the months after coming off the Pill. Stress, exercising too much, illness, and being significantly over- or underweight can also cause anovulation. The good news is, there are a lot of ways to treat and prevent these issues. Check out this article for more info on anovulatory cycles: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22242520-Anovulatory-Cycles-and-Breakthrough-Bleeding

     

    And, this article has some useful info on how to balance your cycles naturally: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23651868-How-To-Regulate-Your-Period

     

    Hope that helps :) 

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    brs291

    My temp was 97.52 yesterday (cd12) and today it was 96.81 (cd13) what does this mean? It's my first month bbt

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    Courtney

    Hi brs291, First, answer the following questions - did you take your temperature at the same time this morning as yesterday morning? Did you keep your thermometer under the covers or next to you overnight, to keep it warm? Did you take your temperature as soon as you woke up both mornings?

    Even if the answer to all of these questions is yes, there are some other possible explanations for this. While rare, some women do experience a dip in their temperatures right before ovulation. So, keep tracking your temperatures and see if you experience a temperature shift in the next few days. 

    Also, if your temperatures are ALWAYS all over the place, did you just come off the pill, or are you breastfeeding? If so, hormone fluctuations may cause your temperatures to be erratic for a while. 

    If you're still not sure why your temperatures aren't consistent, you may want to consider trying another thermometer. Some thermometers aren't as accurate as others, and it is possible to get a dud. 

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    brs291

    My temps have ranged from 97.20-97.52. I wake up at the same time every morning and take my temp and I keep my thermometer in between the mattress. My thermometer is from rite aid and I've on,y used it for 2wks.

    I've been TTC for almost 2 years but I have pcos but have lost 45lbs and my body is getting balanced. I've had 2 natural normal cycles (28 and 26 day cycle). Trying to figure out if I'm ovulating. In mid 2013 I took 4 rounds of clomid where I only ovulated once (hadn't lost weight so I weighed almost 300lbs)

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    abbyanne

    I am breastfeeding my 15 month old and have not yet gotten a period postpartum. I have been charting, however, and I seem to have ovulated 16 days ago. (Both of my charts on Fertility Friend and TCOYF show ovulation). I had a patch of EWCM (tons!), pretty severe ovulation pain, and then a sustained temperature shift (97.3 to around 97.7), and my temps have remained high for 16 days. I have taken several pregnancy tests, all negative. Am I just having a longer than average luteal phase, or is it possible that I didn't actually ovulate? I ask because I am having EWCM again. I keep expecting my temps to drop and my period to come, but it doesn't. Any thoughts on what's going on? 

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    Courtney

    Hi abbyanne, it certainly sounds like you ovulated! Depending on the sensitivity of the pregnancy test you're using, it might still be too early for the HCG to be detected in your system - so it is still possible that you're pregnant. Generally, a luteal phase of 18 days or longer almost certainly means that you're pregnant - so I recommend you wait a few more days and try again!

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    Kate Awsumb

    Does a temp shift trump all when it comes to pinpointing ovulation? My temp suggests that I ovulated a few days ago, but OPK tests didn't show positives until yesterday. Jury's out on the CF, but I think it suggests it hasn't happened yet. How do the OPK results interact with all of this? :)

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    Courtney

    Hi there, thanks for your comment :) Without looking at your charts, it's kind of hard to say what's going on here...But, a word on OPKs - OPKs can be useful, but the thing about them is that they don't tell you whether ovulation definitely occurred. OPKs detect the presence of luteinizing hormone in urine, which is usually released in a 'surge' right before ovulation. However, some women will occasionally experience mini-peaks of LH before the real one. Other women, particularly women over 40, may have elevated levels of LH throughout their cycle, throwing off the accuracy of the test. Also, OPKs do not tell you whether your cervical fluid is suitable for sperm to survive in and travel to the egg. So, we recommend tracking your cervical fluid to know when you're becoming fertile and your temperatures to know when you have ovulated (after the fact) - and you can certainly use OPKs for added confirmation :) 

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    moritgaifman

    Hello. Thank you for this wonderful app and website. What a resource!

    What if my temperature does not go down with the onset of menstruation? What if it goes down, but within a day or two jumps back up to luteal phase levels? e.g. During the latest cycle shift, my luteal phase temps ranged from 97.6 to 98.1°F during one cycle, and on the third day of my next cycle the temp was 97.7°F. I know that I am not pregnant, but I am tracking for health reasons as well and am trying to understand what this may mean about hormone levels.

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    Courtney

    Hi NohWoman,

    Did your temperature go back down to its normal pre-ovulatory range today? If so, you can probably rule out the higher temp. Remember that a lot of factors can cause your temperatures to be higher than normal, such as stress, illness, restless sleep, travel, drinking alcohol the night before, or waking up at a different time than normal. 

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    SAR13

    Any suggestions when I should take my temperature if I work a couple overnight shifts each month? I generally work and then sleep afterwards until 5pm. Should I take it then?

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    moritgaifman

    Hi Courtney,

    thanks for following up. The temps have been a little all over the place, but so has my sleep (and stress seems to be perennial), which makes it hard to judge. I have to admit that because of my varying schedule, taking the temp at the same time every day hasn't been easy. I guess I will keep charting until a big picture emerges before worrying about the daily details.

    Thanks again.

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    alykuykendall

    My temp yesterday was 97.91 and today was 97.98 do I put temp shift? It the chart it shows like it's the same?

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    Courtney

    SAR13 - take your temperature after your longest period of sleep, as soon as you wake up (so after your night shift, take your temp at 5 pm). On days that you take your temperature at a different time than normal, make a note of it in the app. After a cycle or two of doing this, look at your temps and see if you can still notice a clear pattern. If so, you can continue to chart your temps this way. If not, you'll need to mark the temps from the days when you wake up at 5 as 'questionable' and on those days rely on your cervical fluid and cervical position.

    moritgaifman - Taking your temperature at different times can affect your readings. If you wake up at a different time than normal, make sure to make a note of it in the app. Good luck!

    alykuykendall - When charting in Fahrenheit, it's actually not necessary to chart to the hundredth decimal to catch the temp shift. On the day of your temp shift, your temperature must be at least .2 degrees F higher than the temp from the previous day, and .1 degrees higher than any of the temps from the previous 6 days. So a difference of .7 degrees is not significant enough to count as a temp shift. 

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    anowyn

    Does this app have a coverline feature for BBT?

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    Courtney

    Hey anowyn,

    We don't currently have a coverline feature in the app, but we're working on adding it to a future version :)  In the meantime, you can view and set a coverline at our user web portal (http://app.kindara.com/). To view/set your coverline, log in to the portal with the email and password you used to create your Kindara account, then go to the 'Charts' tab. If you've entered enough temperatures, the app will automatically set a coverline for you. If you'd like to manually set the coverline, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the 'edit' button next to Coverline.

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    rmk11

    Hi there! This is my second month off BCPs and I'm on CD9 and the app just drew my cover line (OPKs have only shown a faint line so far the last two days) at 97.39F. This seems very early and low to me (compared to last month). While I know time of ovulation can vary widely, given the negative OPKs and the low temp shift is it possible this was not my temp shift and in the coming days the cover line will be redrawn? Thanks and I love the app!

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    may.ismail78

    Where should i put the BBT ? Under the pillow or on the side table?

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    sarah.stotler93

    Im new to this and its my first chart off the pill. I have trouble sleeping through the night. When I get at least 3-4 hrs of sleep and wake up the first time (around 3 am) I temp a 97.18. When I wake up when my husbands alarm goes off its 6 am and he hits snooz a few times so I toss and turn and my temp is around 97.5. And lastley I wake up around 8-830 and its at 97.7-8. I am so confused at to which temp to record and go off of. Am i right in the fact I should use the temp where I was distrubed the least and was truely relaxed? The other temps ive tossed and turned for hrs which would make my temp rise?

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    Courtney

    Hey mk11 - Actually, it is possible to ovulate on cycle day 9. But, keep an eye on your temperatures on days 10 and 11 to see if they remain in a higher range, and make sure to check your cervical fluid to see if it dries up. If so, then you probably did ovulate on day 9. If not, then you probably didn't. Ultimately, we think it's best to rely on your own observations of your fertility signs, rather than the algorithm :)

    May - You can put your thermometer wherever you think you'll be most likely to reach for it first thing in the morning. If it's very cold in your house, you may want to keep it under a pillow or next to your body while you sleep. Otherwise, anywhere is fine! Personally, I keep mine on top of my phone (which I use as my alarm clock) so that when I reach over to turn my alarm off, I automatically grab my thermometer.

    Sarah - Yes, you want to use the temp that you took as soon as you woke up, and after at least 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep. If you wake up pretty consistently around 3 AM, and have been sleeping for at least 3 consecutive hours, then this would be the most accurate temp. Or, if you can take your temp as soon as your husband's alarm goes off, then this temp would be accurate as well. If you've been tossing and turning before taking your temp, it's likely to be inaccurate. And, your temp at 8-8:30 is likely to be inaccurate as well, since you haven't had at least 3 consecutive hours of sleep. 

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    meginbox

    Hello! I have just started temping (this was my second morning). Here are my worries / questions. I am a restless sleeper by nature. And, I get up randomly once during the night to go to the bathroom. I am wondering if my trip to the loo effects my temp when I take it at my alarm (6:15 am)? Also, is my restlessness going to screw with my temps too? My restlessness is due to neck and back pain. My husband refers to my movement as the crocodile roll... Meaning I flip around sort of abruptly and a little dramatically. Occasionally I throw an elbow into him. All this was comical until we started TTC. I've been using the app to track OPK results, and the CF once I felt like I could do that, and now temping. So, that's it... Just wondering how the potty break and bed break dance hinder accurate results. Thanks so much in advance. And thanks for this amazing app. I sit as read it every day, and learn something new all the time!!

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    meginbox

    Oh and my two temps were 97.7 yesterday and 97.28 today. Both at 6:15. And every OPK results have always been O...not ovulated. Have yet to see a smiley face but I test every morning all the same.

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    Courtney

    Hey Meg! So long as you go to the bathroom at least 3 hours before you wake up for the day (so, 3:15 or earlier), this won't affect your basal temperatures. But if you wake up later than that, your temperature will likely be higher than it would be otherwise, and you'll need to mark that temp as questionable. Restlessness can throw off your temps, but it won't necessarily - I'd recommend tracking your temps throughout a cycle to see if you notice a pattern (trust me, I know how frustrating it can be - I'm a restless sleeper myself!).

    If you can't see a pattern in your temperatures, you may need to rely on cervical fluid and cervical position to know when you're fertile. Tracking your cervical position isn't totally necessary if you're able to track your temps, but if you can't get accurate temps, it's a really useful way to know when you're ovulating. More info on cervix tracking is here.

     

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    ketreona

    Hello Courtney! I am new to charting and just bought a Geratherm basal digital thermometer (I had a regular digital one prior). I take my
    Temp first thing in the morning but notice that the last few days have been up and down. On CD 18 I was at 98.1 but today I am back down to 97.2. Also when you take your temp, do you do this on the same side of your mouth every day? It seems strange but my temp on one side of my mouth is slightly different than the other? One is 97.2 the other is 97.7. I find it odd that is get to differnt temps even though I am taking them back to back? Any advice you can provide on thermometers and ensuring we are taking temp correctly? Thank you!

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    jennabullen

    I have been off the pill since April and my last 2 cycles have been around 70 days. This cycle I've been tracking my temp consistently at around 5:20am, as soon as I wake up (it's always around 36.20degrees). Today I woke at about 4:15 so thought it'd be too early to check my temp so fell back asleep and took it again at 5:50 and it was 36.45degrees. I've had increased CF but am wondering because I took my temp 30 minutes later than usual, maybe it's a questionable temp? I'm on CD 28 so hoping im ovulating now and my cycles get shorter!!

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    jennabullen

    Actually off the pill since Feb..

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    Courtney

    Hey Ketreona! A few things: 1) Always use the temperature you take right away after waking up. The longer you're awake, the more your temperature will rise (and so your reading will be inaccurate). Take your temp BEFORE getting out of bed, moving around, or doing anything! 2) When taking your temperature, put the thermometer as far under your tongue as it will go to get the most accurate temperature. Taking your temperature in the side of your mouth may not be accurate, since your mouth may be open while asleep. 

    So ultimately, I recommend you try taking your temperature under your tongue for a few days, and seeing if you notice a more consistent pattern. Hope this helps :) 

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    Courtney

    Hey Jenna, to get an accurate BBT reading, you need to take your temperature after at least three consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep. Ideally, you should also take your temperature as close as possible to the same time each day. If you wake up earlier than normal, take your temperature then, but record it in the app as questionable. You may find that the questionable temp still fits your normal temperature pattern - or it may be lower than usual. Either way, it's a good idea to mark it as questionable, just so you're certain your charts are accurate :)

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    tondawalls

    My temperature has dropped past two days from normal range of 97.1-97.4 to 96.8. Is there ant reason to explain this other than a faulty thermometer? My room is a little cooler and I just read about keeping it under cover. I was expecting ovulation soon so was expecting a rise. Sorry if my question sounds dumb. I'm new to this.

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