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Hi everyone,
I have noticed that my post ovulation temps have been low compared to last month. (I have only been charting for two months) Is this anything to be concerned about?
We have been sleeping with the same amount of bedding etc... I did have an upset tummy though day after ovulation for 2 or 3 days, could this be it?

Just one more thing, when I took my temp this morning firstly it read 35.9 C (96.62 F) which was way low so I took it again immediately and it read 36.2 C
(97.16 F)... what is that all about??? Is my themometer broken? How can it have changed in just a few seconds? I wasn't sure which one to chart.
I put the lower one in which dipped way below the coverline and FF removed my ovulation date : (I am sure I ovulated on CD 12, On CD 11 I had really pronounced ovulatory pain, bach ache etc and EWCM) so I put the higher one in...
Was that wrong? What should I have done? Is it normal to have a dip below the coverline post ovulation???
If you wouldn't mind taking a look at my chart, I would love to know what you ladies think! TIA!
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If I get a lower-than-normal temperature, I will test again. If I get a more normal reading, I use the higher one. Different spots in your mouth register different temperatures.. you want to get the thermometer in a "heat pocket". There are two under your tongue, one on each side. When you put the thermometer in your mouth make sure to put it to one side or the other under your tongue and not right in the middle. Always use the same area to take your temp (if you use the left pocket, always use the left pocket).

As for low temps being a problem, they can be, especially if they fall below the coverline or just barely above the coverline before your start your period (not just one day, but several days). It can be a sign that you're not producing enough progesterone, and not enough progesterone causes pregnancy loss since your body isn't sustaining the pregnancy long enough for the placenta to grow and take over.

ETA: Your chart looks fine for now.. as long as your temps don't start dipping down instead of going up, you more than likely don't have a progesterone problem.
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Thank you for your reply Sarale6! I did not know about the temp pockets under your tongue... I have been placing the themometer in the middle! Thanks so much for the info!
I will keep an eye on my temps. I did have a chemical pregnancy at the end of January a week after my AF was due, I hope it wasn't linked to not producing enough progesterone...
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As for low temps being a problem, they can be, especially if they fall below the coverline or just barely above the coverline before your start your period (not just one day, but several days). It can be a sign that you're not producing enough progesterone, and not enough progesterone causes pregnancy loss since your body isn't sustaining the pregnancy long enough for the placenta to grow and take over.
SaraLe6, I added the chart from my last cycle to my link, could you take a look at CD25 and CD26 and see if you think the temp drop on these two days might be an indication of what you mentioned here? TIA!
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No, that looks pretty normal. Your temp dropping right before your period is normal (it would also be normal if your period came and then your temp dropped, or if your temp doesn't drop until a few days into your period. Lots of variations of normal here). You have 12 days of high temps before that dip right before your period, and a 15 day luteal phase all together which is all very normal. You need at least 9-10 days in order to achieve a sticky pregnancy. Some women's bodies require longer than that, up to 16, but you're looking really good. Nothing about your charts raise any red flags for me.
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Thank you so much for your reply Sarale6 and for taking another look at my chart!
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Nina, I agree with everything sarale6 said. There might be one more thing to look at for the low post O temps - hypothyroidism which might also cause problems with TTC and pregnancy. Please get checked for Thyroid level if you can. Most probably this is just normal, I have seen many pregnancy charts with low temps in FF chart gallery.

By the way I am 4 dpo today but FF thinks I am 5 dpo (but I have overridden it). I am not sure how this cycle is going to go but I have decided not to test until 13 dpo. I usally get a temp dip atleast by .2 degrees on 13 dpo so I will test only if the temp dip is not there. I am going to be very strong as I hate to see BFN. Also I am not thinking abt each and every twinge and symptoms I am having/going to have the next 10 days. I am taking it cool so that I wont be disappointed at the end.

I will be here if you need to chat about any of your symptoms and will share mine too
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Just thought I would move this up a bit!
Any other thoughts? TIA!
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I had the same trouble with noisy temping (I am usually half asleep when I do it) - and I think I was also placing the thermometer way too erratically. I have been trying to be more consistent now, but it's only been a few days.
Good luck!

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I coincidentally just read this on FF - there was a link somewhere. Hope it helps.


"My temperature has dipped below the coverline during the luteal phase. Does this mean I didn't really ovulate? Could I still be pregnant?

The coverline carries no physiological meaning. It is just a visual tool to help you see your ovulation pattern. Whether or not your temperature rises or falls below this line does not necessarily indicate anything significant. Individual temperatures can fluctuate at any time of the cycle, for both hormonal or non-hormonal reasons. A single dropped temperature usually doesn't mean much. You want to look at "the big picture" and see a pattern of temperatures over time. As long as you can see a biphasic pattern and a trend towards elevated temperatures after ovulation, there is no need to worry about a single dropped temperature or two.

If, however, you have so many lower temperatures that you can no longer see a biphasic pattern on your chart, (and you are taking your temperature accurately) this could mean that you did not yet ovulate and should consider yourself potentially fertile so you don't miss an opportunity to conceive."

Hope this helps. Looking at your chart NinaUK, there is a clear biphasic pattern, so seems like you have nothing to worry about.
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