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So I just started charting two days ago and have a couple of silly questions.<br><br>
First, if my thermometer reads "97.77" do I mark that as 97.7 or 97.8? Do I round up?<br><br>
Second-I know I've read that you need to take your temp at the same time everyday and after 3 hours of sleep. I wake up quite a bit in the middle of the night, but I don't get out of bed. Sometimes I don't fall back to sleep until an hour before it's time to take my temp. Does that matter?<br><br>
Is it really crucial to take it at the exact same time daily?<br><br>
Because I haven't had AF in so long, I can't really fill out a chart besides putting in the temps. I'm not even sure if charting is something that I should be doing because of this.
 

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1) I would probably round as usual (0.05 up, <0.05 down)<br><br>
2) No, not usually. What I tell people is that whatever you do, if it's normal/routine for you, it's fine. If you always get up to pee at 4:00am and wake up at 6:30, that's fine. If you always or almost always wake up and toss/turn for 30 min. before temping, that's fine. The rules are there to help you get perfect temps, but really the goal is <b>consistency</b>. Just do your best, and mark down any weird stuff like extra blankets, restless sleep, went to bed late, etc. on your chart.<br><br>
3) Yes, do try to take it at the same time every day, that is, within a 15 minute window. If you can't, no big deal, just temp and write down what time it was.<br><br>
4) Yes, absolutely chart! It may give you some clues as to WHY you have no AF! And you may still have some CM that is worth writing down, too.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">1) I would probably round as usual (0.05 up, <0.05 down)<br><br>
2) No, not usually. What I tell people is that whatever you do, if it's normal/routine for you, it's fine. If you always get up to pee at 4:00am and wake up at 6:30, that's fine. If you always or almost always wake up and toss/turn for 30 min. before temping, that's fine. The rules are there to help you get perfect temps, but really the goal is <b>consistency</b>. Just do your best, and mark down any weird stuff like extra blankets, restless sleep, went to bed late, etc. on your chart.<br><br>
3) Yes, do try to take it at the same time every day, that is, within a 15 minute window. If you can't, no big deal, just temp and write down what time it was.<br><br>
4) Yes, absolutely chart! It may give you some clues as to WHY you have no AF! And you may still have some CM that is worth writing down, too.<br><br>
Welcome to the world of charting! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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Thanks SO much for your help!!
 

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I your thermometer reads 97.77, mark it as 97.77. If you use fertility friend they allow for two digits after the decimal. I first month I charted I was rounding. Then the second month I was more accurate, and it totally made a difference. Sometimes your temp doesn't change a lot, and it is good to see the small fluccuations. I had someone comment that it was weird that my temps were exactly the same for like 5 days in a row. Well they werent', one day they were 97.71, then 97.74, then 97.70, and so on. If you can keep track, I would.<br><br>
If your sleep is restless, it could effect your temps, but I agree with the pp that it is more important to be consistant. Also, if you are staying laying down, I don't think your temp would spike as much as if you were getting up walking around. If this is a normal patern for you at night, it should be fine. It will still show you when your temps spike, and that is the important thing.
 

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If you can, go out to two decimal places, if you can't - round.<br><br>
I have found that with my variable (between 3 and 10 hours) sleep schedule and variable (between 6 am and noon) waking time, that I can still see a clear temp shift on my charts. Just do the best you can - if you can see O, then it's good enough. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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