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Old 08-01-06, 10:24 PM
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Default now trying bbt

We've done the OPK's, counting days on the calendar, checking CM and now I'm trying this BBT thing again only that my temperature is all over the place and I have done my very best to stay within the same time frame. And we haven't heard yet about when our appointment with the fertility specialist is, althiugh the dr's office called today to say that they needed more blood work. I don't know if that's related to the specialist or the adoption papers we also decided to file. Anyway my question is, has anyone been really sucessful with this BBT method?
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Old 08-02-06, 11:59 AM
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I haven't, but I do feel they can tell you alot about your cycle. If your temps are all over the place, and you have never got a positive opk, it would seem ovulation would be the problem.

I personally like opk's better than bbt, but bbt does really tell you a ton about what or what's not going on.
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Old 08-04-06, 11:06 PM
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I think FAM (fertility awareness method, as outlined in Toni Weschler's Taking Charge of Your Fertility) is the best way to get to know your cycle and maximize your chance of conceiving. After a month or so, you'll get more consistent at getting good temp readings, and the information you'll collect will be invaluable to you and to your doctor. BBT is only one piece of the puzzle. Cervical Fluid (CF) is a very important factor.

I was 37 when I started TTC, so no spring chicken. The first time I got pregnant, it was in my second month of charting. Unfortunately, that pregnancy ended in m/c at 12 weeks. My cycles were messed up for a while after that, but I conceived again six months later, and I'm due next month.

The thing that made FAM so great for me was that there was none of the guesswork that comes from just using OPKs and pregnancy tests. My chart told me if I had ovulated, and if I didn't see the temperature shift, I'd keep DTD. It also saved me lots of money on pregnancy tests, because I knew my luteal phase (post-O phase) was 12-13 days. If my temp dropped, I knew not to waste a test, that AF was on the way. If I got to 13 DPO without a temperature drop, I allowed myself to test. That only happened twice, and I was pg both times.

My first month of charting, my temps seemed terribly erratic too. A lot of that had to do with the fact that I wake up a lot during the night, and you don't get a good BBT unless you've slept for 3-4 consecutive hours prior to taking your temp. I learned that my best time to temp was when I'd wake up around 4am to go to the bathroom. Unconventional, yes, but that was the time I was most likely to have my longest uninterrupted sleep, and my temps calmed way down once I figured that out.

Good luck to you. I hope you get your little one soon!
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