How to use the temperature shift feature

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    honey

    I thought I had a temperature shift on Monday, but it turns out I had a bigger temperature shift on Wednesday. Can I go back and change that data?

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    Courtney

    Hi there,

    Absolutely! First, go to the Data screen for Monday and tap the checkbox next to 'Temperature Shift' to unselect it. Then, go to the Data screen for Wednesday and tap that same checkbox again.

    However if your temperature on Monday met all of the rules of the temperature shift (it was at least .2 degrees F higher than the temp from the previous day, and at least .1 degrees F above the temps from the previous 6 days, and it stayed in that higher range for at least 3 days), then Monday would be the true day of your temperature shift, even if you did experience another rise on Wednesday.

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    sarah

    My temp shift doesn't occur until two days after ovulation. Wouldn't the day after ovulation still be part of my official luteal phase?

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    Courtney

    Hi Sarah, How are you determining the day of ovulation? If you're using OPKs, keep in mind that OPKs can tell you if ovulation may be approaching, but they don't actually confirm that you ovulated. So your temperatures are likely to be more reliable in this case. 

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    bianca_shearing

    Hi, like Sarah, my temp shift occurred a day after my CM dried up. For example, day 14 was peak day (last day of fertile CM), then day 15 was dry, them day 16, temp went up. What should I do in this situation in order to have an accurate DPO count? Thanks!

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    Courtney

    Ovulation typically occurs the day before the temperature shift, so the day of your temperature shift is day 1 of your DPO count. While cervical fluid is useful for knowing when you may be fertile, it doesn't tell you whether or when ovulation actually occurred. It is possible for your CF to start drying up before you actually ovulate. So if you have a clear temperature shift, rely on that to know when you ovulated. 

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    saxydevilaw

    Hi.. I have started using this app few days ago.. What does "questionable temperature" mean and what is it for?

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    Courtney

    Hi saxy, you can mark your questionable whenever you think that your temperature reading may not be accurate. In order to get an accurate basal body temperature reading, you need to take your temperature as soon as you wake up (before getting out of bed), after at least 3 consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep, and as close as possible to the same time each day. Click here for a list of factors that can affect your basal temperature.

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    kelliemalone12

    My husbands alarm will cause me to jerk up quickly before taking my BBT. I will relax for like 20 minutes and then I take my BBT, will that affect my data?

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    Courtney

    Hey Kellie, yep, unfortunately waiting or doing anything, including lying around in bed, before taking your temperature will skew your readings, Try to take your temperature as soon as you wake up, so in this case, after your husband's alarm wakes you up.

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    Courtney

    Hey Kellie, yep, unfortunately waiting or doing anything, including lying around in bed, before taking your temperature will skew your readings, Try to take your temperature as soon as you wake up, so in this case, after your husband's alarm wakes you up.

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    joyananda

    Does the temp keep climbing if there is a pregnancy?

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    Courtney

    Hey there,

    Some women have a second temperature shift when they become pregnant (giving them a triphasic BBT pattern), after which their temperatures will likely remain in the higher range of the second temp shift for the rest of their pregnancy. For women who become pregnant who do not have a second temperature shift, their temperatures will likely remain in their post-ovulatory range throughout their pregnancy - they won't continue to climb. 

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    jocie.ellis

    Why does marking a temp shift change the fertility stars? My temp took an extra day to go up after what felt like obvious ovulation (pos opk, lots of cm, pain on left side)... When i marked it as a shift, all the stars moved!

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    Lauren

    Hi Jocie, since ovulation generally occurs one day before your temperature shift, when you mark a temperature shift in the app, you essentially tell the app that you've already ovulated.  So, the app will adjust so that the fertility stars show ovulation on the day before your temperature shift.  I hope that answers your question :)

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    dunnr

    When I shared my chart p and 1 were indicated on my graph, however weren't on my original graph. The peak box wasn't checked- how do I remove it since I don't believe it was my peak day?

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    Lauren

    Hi dunnr, I'm so sorry about that!  If your Peak Day box wasn't checked on that day and Kindara still added the 'P' icon on your chart, you may have actually found a bug.  Would you mind doing me a huge favor and sending a screenshot of what you're seeing to feedback@kindara.com?  To take a screenshot, press the home button and power buttons at the same time.  The photo will be saved to your photo library.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this and we'll get back to you right away!

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    jocie.ellis

    Hi,

    How consistent are temps and temp shifts from month to month? Last month it was obvious my temps shifted from 97.6 to up over 98.3 consistently. This month the shift technically seems to have occurred (based on your guidelines) but went from 97.3 to 97.8. It seems like my temps are at least .6 degrees cooler this month over last month in both phases of cycle. Is that normal or should temps generally be similar month to month? Thank you!

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    Lauren

    Hi Jocie, it's pretty normal to see variation in temperatures and temp shifts from month to month.  As long as your temperatures qualify for a real temperature shift (a temperature shift is a temp that's at least .2 degrees higher than any of the previous 6), then all is well :)  So don't worry if your cycles aren't exactly the same from cycle to cycle.  Hope that helps!

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    hendersoncvh

    So is your peak the day before the temperature shift, then the days that follow are your fertility days?

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    Lauren

    Hi hendersoncvh, 

    Thanks for contacting Kindara! Your Peak Day is the last day that you experience eggwhite cervical fluid, watery cervical fluid, or a lubricative vaginal sensation. Usually, ovulation occurs on the peak day or the day after. As you may have noticed, you can only determine your peak day after it's already over by noting that your cervical fluid disappears or changes into sticky or creamy.

    You can edit the data of a previous day by going to the data screen and swiping to the left until you reach the day you want to edit, or by tapping and holding a day in the chart screen until a popup with all your day's data comes up. You can tap the Edit button on this popup, and you'll be taken to the data screen for that day, where you can edit anything you like, including setting that day as your Peak Day.

    If you're trying to get pregnant, timing intercourse as close to the Peak Day as possible maximizes the chance of conceiving.

    On your chart, the P represents the day you've marked as your Peak Day, and the 1, 2, 3, 4 correspond to the Peak +4 rule of the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). For women using FAM as birth control, the infertile phase begins on the evening of the fourth day after the Peak Day (as long as the woman has also experienced at least three high temperatures, confirming ovulation has passed.) You may also notice that if you enter any cervical fluid after the fourth day past the Peak, it will be grayed out rather than pink, signifying that it is infertile. If you want more information about the fertility awareness method, here's a link :)

    https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22043400-The-4-Rules-of-Charting-for-Birth-Control

    I hope this helps! Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.

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    floto49

    Hello!

    For my current cycle, i think i saw a definite temp rise (hence ovulation). However, this temp rise was only sustained for 3 days. After those 3 days, my temp dropped to pretty much coverline. I'm a couple of days away from my expected period...but I just want to know what is happening. Did I ovulate? This is the first time something like this happened (usually, my temp stays high after ovulation, until my period). Thanks so much!

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    Lauren

    Hi Floto, thanks for contacting us!  Hm, it's hard to say for certain whether you ovulated or not - a temperature shift of at least 3 days almost always indicates ovulation, but there is a possibility that your temperature was only temporarily elevated because of outside factors (taking a temperature at a different time than normal, ambient temperature in the room, etc.)  I'm afraid the only way to know for certain is to wait and see how your temperature behaves over the next few days.  I hope that helps!

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    maymay57

    Hi,

    My temperature dips after ovulation, usually morning after but sometimes 2 mornings after depending what time of day I ovulated. I know when I'm ovulating because I get dull general cramps day before, sharp pain ok one side for around an hour when it's happening and it's confirmed by my CP getting lower former and closing by next morning, my OPK indicates it's the right time, and it's my peak day.

    Should I mark my temp shift on my chart as the day of my rise or the day after I know I've ovulated? I'm asking because when I mark the rise it makes my LP/DPO readings up to 2 days out. Which makes my period predictions etc inaccurate and means my chart isn't showing my real DPO.

    What do you think? Thanks.

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    Lauren

    Hi Maymay, thanks for contacting us!  It sounds like you may be describing what's known as a 'fallback rise,' where your temperatures go up and then dip back down again for one day, and then go back up.  When you have a fallback rise, the most likely day of ovulation is still the day before the FIRST temp spike.  So go ahead and continue to mark the first temperature spike as the start of your luteal phase.  I hope this helps!

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