True story. I really, really do.
When we were TTC Grace, Georgia didn’t chart. To be honest, we didn’t even know what charting was at the time. It wasn’t until after Grace was born that we learned of the benefits of charting, especially if you’re someone like me with irregular periods and PCOS. I started charting using Fertility Friend on Tuesday, June 4th (CD8) following an orientation of the website and mobile app as well as the review of several “how to” videos. You would think this would have done a sufficient job of teaching me how to use the software… not so much. I had planned to begin charting the month prior but didn’t get a period. At the end of May when I did get my period, the plan was to start charting on CD 5, but I could not find a basal thermometer for the life of me! I finally found one 4 days into my search at the 3rd Target I visited. Apparently basal thermometers are hot commodities these days – who knew? As it has turned out, waiting for aunt flo and finding a basal thermometer were the least of my troubles…
Here are the charting issues I’ve run into in just the past 2 weeks:
Issue #1: My digital basal thermometer reads all over the place. I figured this out one morning when I decided to take my temperature for a second time immediately following my first temperature reading. The second time, my temp totally changed and it was only like two minutes later. Below is an example from this morning. The top temp was taken at 8:08am and the bottom was taken at 8:14am. I know the difference between the two isn’t huge but it’s definitely a difference, and on other days there has been even more of a discrepancy.
Issue #2: Every day when you chart your temperature it’s plotted in a graph as a solid dot. As I was charting I began to notice that on some days my dot was an open circle. After checking the key I found out that if something in the data indicates that the temperature may be slightly inaccurate, the temperature will be plotted using an open circle instead of a dot. WTH? Why has my temperature shown as inaccurate in 7 of the past 14 days?! I literally take my temp every morning between 7:00am-8:15am and plug in the numbers. How can one even make a mistake doing that? I don’t understand. Here is my chart since day one. It’s a total mess. :(
Issue #3: The first day I took my temp I didn’t realize that my basal thermometer was set to Celsius and not Fahrenheit. I took a picture of my temperature to later enter in Fertility Friend as I always do and realized later at work that it was Celsius (because my temp was in the 30’s LOL). I googled “how to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit and did the calculation using the formula given. I cross referenced my temp in Fahrenheit against several other Google searches to make sure it didn’t change. I later found out that my wife has an app that could have done this in seconds, ha! As you can see in my chart above, my temperature increased drastically following my initial test day. This can mean one of two things. 1.) My recorded temp was incorrect on that first test day 2.) I ovulated the one to two days prior, which means I would have ovulated on CD6 or 7. Don’t women usually ovulate around CD14? Again, I don’t understand.
And then there is Issue #4: This one is 100% my fault. The first pack of ovulation tests (OPK) I purchased was a 7 day supply. I kept telling myself to go get more as I was running low but I didn’t. I ended up running out and not getting more until 2 days later. This meant that I didn’t take an ovulation test on CD15 and CD16. I know, I know, what a bonehead move. Since taking my first ovulation test on CD8, I haven’t had a surge in the over 2 weeks since I started this process. I’m thinking (and hoping) that I ovulated during the two days that I didn’t test. I’m praying this is the case because if not, it would seem that I didn’t ovulate at all this month and that’s not good.