When to Mark a Temp as Questionable

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    lysa_noel

    I work shift work.. I try to take it at thr same time every day, but sometimes that means I've already been up for 4 hours.. Should I just be taking it as soon as I wake up regardless of the time?)

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    Lauren

    Hi Lysa, thanks for contacting us!

    In general, you should take your temperature after your longest period of uninterrupted sleep. It does get a bit tougher when you wake up at different times, but it's still possible - you just might have a lot of questionable temperatures on your chart. As with anything, practice also makes better, so if you keep at it for a while you'll probably find a pattern that works for you :)

    Here's an article with some more information about taking temps that you might find useful.

    http://blog.kindara.com/blog/9-factors-that-can-affect-the-accuracy-of-your-temperatures

    I hope this helps! Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions or comments :)

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    gordon_epic

    I took my temperature about an hour before I usually wake up and then was able to fall back asleep for another 3 hours. Which temperature do I record? The first temperature was low and the second temperature was higher. I marked it as questionable too.

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    Lauren

    Hi Gordon, I would recommend marking the earliest temperature, especially if you only took it one hour earlier than normal.  Usually taking your temperature within an hour of your normal wakeup time doesn't throw off your BBT by very much.  Hope that helps!

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    fs.carrie

    The Kindara web portal keeps marking some of my temperatures as questionable. I'm having a weird cycle and my temps are all over the place, but I've been taking my temp at the same time of day, with the same amount of sleep, with the same thermometer. So even though my temps have been kind of off, I don't think the readings are inaccurate. Is there any way I can get the web portal to mark them as real temps?

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    Lauren

    Hi Carrie, the web portal will mark some temperatures as questionable according to the Rule of Thumb for outlying temperatures, as outlined in Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. The rule states that if you have temperatures that are clearly out of line (for whatever reason, such as illness, alcohol, sleeping in, etc.), cover any outlying temperatures with your thumb, and draw a dotted line between the correct temperatures on either side of the outlying temperature.  I'm afraid that right now there's no way to un-mark these temperatures as questionable, but I'll talk to the team about this and we'll see what we can do - sorry about that!

    I hope that answered your question. Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions or comments :)

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    slimqueenie

    I don't sleep at a particular time. Is it okay to take my BBT after three hours of sleep even if it doesn't fall at the same time of the night?

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    Lauren

    Hi Slimqueenie, it's generally recommended that you take your temperature at the same time each day, but you may be able to get an accurate BBT reading if you make sure you take your temperature after the same number of hours of sleep each night (so for example, if you always take your temperature after 8 hours of sleep (regardless of the time)).  Everyone's body is a little bit different though, so this may work for some women and not so well for others.  If you chart a cycle or two and have trouble identifying your temperature pattern, it's possible you may need a more regular sleep schedule to get an accurate reading.

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    davina1_84

    I had 2 days of elevated temps on CD 15 & 16 (36.55 and 36.59) both much higher than earlier temps (from 36.10-36.40) so I assumed I ovulated. Then this morning my temp was only 36.09, the lowest it's ever been. Did I ovulate? What does this dip mean? Or should I just mark it as questionable? It doesn't make sense.

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    Lauren

    Hi Davina, I totally understand your confusion!  Unfortunately it's a little hard to say whether you ovulated or not based on the information you've provided.  It's possible that you did not ovulate yet and your two high temperatures were simply flukes that were artificially high for some reason (restless sleep, etc), or it's possible that you DID ovulate and your super low temperature was caused by outside factors (did you take it much earlier than normal by any chance?)  You can confirm ovulation when you've had at least three consecutive elevated temperatures, so I'm afraid it'll take a few more days of temperatures to confirm whether you've ovulated already or not.  I hope this was helpful!

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    lindsey.a.w.b

    Just stopped birth control after my last period, and have recorded 5 temperatures so far since bleeding stopped. I'm having a lot of trouble with different temperatures at different times. I set my alarm for 6:15am to take my temp, but find myself waking up every morning at 4am (sometimes to pee, sometimes because I'm restless). At first I didn't take my temp at this time and just waited until 6:15, but the hours between 4am and 6am are dozing at best - restless sleep - so I started recording temps at 4 am too. I know I only have 5 temps so far (ranging from 97.6 five days ago to 97.05 today) and it's early in the process but I would really like to know which temp you think is best to record in my chart. Thanks for your help.

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    Lauren

    Hi Lindsey, I totally understand how frustrating it can be trying to get a good BBT reading when you wake up during the night.  Unfortunately, if you wake up at 4 (and especially if you get up to use the bathroom) it's very likely that your temperature at 6:15 would be thrown off and unusable.  So I would recommend using the 4 am temperature, but make a note in the Journal section of the app that you took your temperature at 4 am.  Remember that if you take your temperature earlier than normal, your temperature will most likely be lower than expected, so you can take this into account as you're assessing your temperature pattern.

    Also, try not to worry too much if your temperature pattern doesn't make much sense at first.  Since you came off birth control recently, it's totally normal to see odd temperature patterns at first since you may not ovulate right away.  It takes most women about 3 - 6 months for their bodies to return to normal after being on the pill.

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    LJN

    I am 8 DPO and temping vaginally. I went to bed last night about 11:00 pm; woke up at 3:15 am and had to go to the bathroom, so took my temp before getting out of bed. My 3:15am temp was 98.18 (lowest of my post O temps), then I slept another 2.75 hours and at 6am (usual wake up time) was 98.76. Which one should I use?  I wouldn't even be asking if there wasn't such a huge difference! Is it normal for body temperature to vary that much over a few hours?

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    Lauren

    Hi LJN, thanks for writing us!  I would recommend you use the first temperature you took, but mark it as Questionable in the app since you took it at a different time than normal.  It's very likely that your temperature varied so much because you got up to use the restroom - getting up and moving around can raise your internal body temperature by quite a lot, and you didn't sleep for long enough for your temperature to fall back to its resting temp.  I hope that helps!

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    jacqueline.m.cowell

    Not sure what to do here. I marked my temp this morning as questionable because my dog barked to get on the bed at 4:45 (45 minutes before my alarm/temp check). I was only awake long enough to lean down and pick him up and check my temp...it said 97.4 at that time. Given the rule of adding 0.1 degree/30 minutes early for check, that would have put me at a corrected temp of 97.55 (0.15 degrees from the 45 minute early check). I fell back to sleep immediately, never got out of bed or turned light on. When my alarm went off at 5:30 I rechecked my temp and it was 97.9. I'm not sure which one i should go by. The 97.9 would make more sense being that my OPK was + 2 days prior, but technically I didnt have 3 uninterrupted hours of sleep prior to checking it. This is my second month without mierna IUD. PS the other questionable temp Sunday morning was after I had had a few glasses of wine the night prior. No other wine consumption since. Any ideas?

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    Lauren

    Hi Jacqueline, I would recommend using the earlier temperature and making a note of when you took it.  It's possible that your later temperature was disturbed by waking up briefly a few hours before, so your earlier temperature is more likely to be uncompromised by outside factors.  I know how frustrating it can be to have your sleep interrupted while you're waiting for your temp shift!  However, if your temperature is elevated by tomorrow, you'll have good evidence that you ovulated on your Peak Day a couple days ago.

    I hope that helps.  Let me know if you have any questions about this!

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    hrhsfs

    I am having a very hard time tracking temps accurately due to getting up to pee, respond to my 18 mo. old or just restless sleep. If I were being 100% accurate according to your instructions I would be marking questionable for every single day, and as it is I'm just confused and will probably go off of CM and opks to determine ovulation and fertile days. It would be great if the app could take into account the time you record the temp or you could enter time temp was taken manually and the app would take that into account and adjust accordingly or estimate for you.

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    Lauren

    Hi there, I'm so sorry to hear you're having trouble with temping!  It can absolutely be difficult to get a good temperature reading if you wake up often during the night.  A feature that would track and adjust for the time your temp was taken is actually one of our most popular requests, and we plan to add this to Kindara.  Your request for it just moved it up the list :)  If there's anything I can do for you in the meantime, please let me know!

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    debssutherland

    Hi

    My temp has stayed high despite my period starting. My period is lighter & later than usual. Do I just need a new thermometer?

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    Sam

    Hi debssutherland,  Thank you for writing.  For some women, their temperature can stay high for a few days into the beginning of their period. Also, it can vary from month to month as to whether this happens.  Maybe wait a few days and see if your temperatures come down.  Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help.

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    megancpratt

    I started taking my bbt when I wake up at 6 am. But I keep getting restless and wake up at 4 and 5 am most nights so I'm having to mark every temp questionable. Should I start taking my temp whenever it is I first wake up and then adjust it up? Or if I wake up at 4 and go right back to sleep will it still effect my bbt at 6? I'm feeling like I can't rely on my temps since they're all questionable.

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    mightymidge520

    I took my temp this morning but fell asleep for a second with my mouth open. Temp was 97.53. So I took it again (while still in bed)and it was 97.74 and took it again and it was same 97.74. What temp should I record?

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    Sam

    Hi MegancPratt, If you wake up briefly, but don't move around at all, you're *probably* safe using the temp you take at 6 am.  However, it is probably advisable to make sure you chart your cervical fluid and even your cervical position to help you verify what you think your temps are doing.  Best of luck!

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    Sam

    Hi Mightymidge520, The first temp might be accurate, but I agree that we might want to be cautious considering your mouth was open.  A good question would be, where are you in your cycle right now?  If you're right near the beginning, choosing either won't really affect the data you get, likewise if you're near the end.  However, if you are somewhere close to your normal temperature shift time, it might be best to choose one of these but mark it as questionable.  That is probably the safest approach.  Good luck!

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    mightymidge520

    I'm 9dpo. And am hoping my temp stays high and I get a bfp!

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    Sam

    Best of luck MightyMidge!!!

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    Janine Versemann

    Hi :) i am very new to charting and just came off the pill as well. I am a flight attendant and especially in the summer I travel about half of the month constantly swtiching time zones (usually from canada to europe). What would you recommend for charting my temperature in this case?

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    Sam

    Hi FlyJane04,

    Since you just came off the pill, your cycle may take a little while to settle into a pattern.  I think the best thing for you to do right now is to take your temperature as soon as you wake up, no matter the time zone, as this will occur after the greatest amount of sleep.  Use this time post-pill to monitor your temperatures to see if a pattern emerges- you could be lucky and your body will adjust well to varying time zones so long as you have enough sleep before you temp.  While you're learning the method, if you're still avoiding conception, make sure to use other methods as well until you understand your cycle and when you ovulate.  Best of luck!

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    jarynt

    Does sleeping with the AC on affect BBT?? Thank you

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    jarynt

    Also I have been taking my temperature at 7:00 every morning.when my partner leaves for work he kisses me goodbye which wakes me up..at 6:00 or 6:30. Do you think I should switch my temp time and record when he wakes me up?

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