I know this is a confusing thing, I had to use one too when I was trying to conceive my first and second baby. The thing about temps are, everyone is different so a usual or normal temp is subjective. Also, if you are doing BBT (temps) you HAVE to make sure you are doing it at exactly the same time each morning, and it needs to be done before you take a step out of bed. You need to be consistent, and have at least 6 hours of undisturbed sleep. If you can't meet these requirements there is no point in doing BBT. I have never been able to do temps because I had my first born and he was nursing and also getting up at different times every day. I had to rely on Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) and I found these much more realistic and better for me to predict my ovulation. Most women can't use the temperature method because it just doesn't work for them.
If you wish, you can take a look at my charts, (there is a gap from April 26 to July4th, as I was pregnant and had a miscarriage.) But, I have some good months of using the tracker and I am now using it effectively again. It did allow me to conceive, so I am grateful that it exists.
If you would like to chat with me directly, or have any other questions, message me directly! I can help.
The charts do help your doctor, it helped both my family doctor and my fertility doctor.
In addition to anything I have mentioned, please keep in mind, that while I or others may have extensive knowledge in many areas, you should always seek professional medical advice from your own physician, as it pertains to medical conditions or concerns.
Good luck, and if you have any other questions that I can help you with, please feel free to message me directly.
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Thank you so much. I'm actually trying to do both. Long story short I had to have surgery on the 25th of June (this yr) because I'd been trying to conceive the ol natural way. I have always had really bad periods so dr. suggested surgery. They did a lap and hyster and found that I have mild endo, a polyp in the middle of my uterus and a cyst on my fallopian tube. After surgery he told me to chart my ovulation and come in first day of first period(after surgery). So I had surgery on a friday then that Sunday I started bleeding, I bled for 2 full days and I figured that was a small period because of surgery. Not sure if I was suppose to tell him about that one or not because I didn't have my checkup until the 8th of July. Anyways that's when he told me about the ovulation kit and to do that call them first day of first period to get a "baseline" ultrasound done then first day of positive OPK they're going to do another ultrasound. I was just messing around with the kit right after I bought it and though " hmm I'll try this thing in the morning" and it was positive. I had 3 positives 3 days in a row. Then a couple of days after that I thought "hmm i'll start checking the temps" and that's when all this confusion started lol. I just hope I'm doing it right. The way my chart looks (which I know it's still early) it looks like a chart from someone who is anovulatory. I know that can be fixed tests and medicine but still, I can't stand not knowing. lol I'm still waiting on that full 5 day AF to call for that ultrasound. You'd think after 6 yrs I'd be holding my own little bundle of joy but someone obviously has other plans for me right now. I sure hope all this works out and eventually I am holding that little miracle. Thank you again for your response, I really appreciate it. :)
So sorry to hear about your miscarriage too. Way back in Oct. of 2000 I had what they called a "pre-term" miscarriage and ever since then I've felt like that was my only chance and it didn't happen. Maybe I'll be blessed with another chance again as with you. :) I wish you the best, Take care!! :)