A question that often pops up from Cyclers relates to how they can optimise their morning temperature measuring routine. To help, we thought we would create a quick guide of all the the do’s and don’ts.
Always measure first thing in the morning, before you get out of bed in the morning.
Always measure underneath your tongue so that the metal point sits at the root of it.
For the first 3 cycles, try to measure as often as possible.
For the 5 days before and after expected ovulation, try to measure almost every day.
Disable temperatures if they seem abnormally high due to being sick or a change in routine: Long sleep-ins, drinking heavily, late night, slept badly.
Do not measure on sick or hangover days as this will give you more red days than necessary.
Do not measure once you’re up and out of bed as this reading will not be your resting temperature (BBT).
Here are also some tips from some of the Natural Cycles team, that might help you make your own routine:
“If I slept really badly the night before and wake up feeling tired, my temperature is higher than usual so I usually give it a miss for the day.” Dani, Cycler for 4 months
“I often don’t measure on weekends because I love my lie-ins.” Elina, Cycler for 3 years (TIP: don’t measure if you wake up >3 hours earlier/later than usual)
“I tend not to measure on days when I don’t follow my normal ‘weekday’ routine, which means late nights and drinking.’
Eliza, Cycler for 5 months (TIP: don’t measure if you get more than 2 hours more/less sleep than usual )
“Whenever I travel to a different time zone, I tend to skip the first morning as it means I slept more/less than usual.” Nicole, Cycler for 1 year
So ladies, I think that is about it. If you follow these guidelines then you should get a nice temperature curve, like the one below:
Just remember that there will of course be some fluctuations that cannot be avoided, but this is normal so no need to worry!
One final thought, please try not to bias your graph by picking and choosing on a regular basis, if you do have data points that you are unsure about then just get in touch as we are here to help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org