I have been using Fertility Friend to track my basal body temperature. For those of you not familiar with BBT charting, you take your temperature every morning at the same time. After a night’s sleep, your temperature should be at it’s lowest. After you ovulate, your temperature rises about a half degree and stays that way for about 2 weeks. If you are not pregnant, it should drop after 2 weeks and then your period will start. If you are pregnant, it will stay elevated. The temperature rises due to the progesterone that’s produced after ovulation. The progesterone helps support pregnancy before the placenta takes over.
I could get into this more technically but if you want to learn more, read a book or look it up.
Anyways, I have been charting wince the beginning of the year. Not that I’ve seen anything good. The only time I saw a temperature shift after ovulation was way back in March when I miscarried.
Here is this month’s chart.
The red boxes on the bottom of the chart is days I have my period. It’s not really a period though because I am not really regular. As you can see, I have been bleeding on and off these last two weeks. It’s getting frustrated because I just want my body to work right. Stupid PCOS. Stupid hormones for not working right.
These are the two previous cycles.
As you can see, last month was a very short cycle, no chance of ovulation. The last chart shows my month-long bleed. I may have ovulated but because my temp taking was erratic. The green boxes are days when my body is showing signs that I might be at my most fertile. Obviously I didn’t get pregnant. I also started taking vitex about a week before my super long period ended. Usually my cycles are about 3 months long, so I think the vitex is working, sort of. It is supposed to take a few months to work and I do have shorter cycles now but I don’t know if that’s a fluke. I also am not the best at remembering to take it so that could be skewing how well it works.
I hope I didn’t bore you with this post. Those of you in the BBT know will be able to interprete my charts and say, yeah, they are truly effed up. Those of you who know nothing, consider yourselves lucky that you don’t torture yourselves with every temperature spike and dip. Maybe you learned a little bit.
Have a beautiful Friday.