Going out for a few drinks at the weekend? Here’s what you should know about alcohol and your temperature.
How alcohol affects your temperature
When it comes to Natural Cycles your temperature is the main indicator the algorithm takes into account to calculate your result. Alcohol can cause your temperature to rise, which could end up skewing your data. If your temperature is fluctuating, the algorithm will detect it, and it can result in more red days. And we don’t want that now do we?
When it’s time to tap ‘Deviating temp.’
That’s why it’s good to know when it’s time to skip measuring or tap ‘Deviating temp.’. If you’ve slept poorly or got up during the night many times, you should skip measuring. Also If you have hangover symptoms after drinking alcohol like: feeling sick, a headache or feeling groggy the next day, best leave it be.
Situations when you can still measure, despite the wine.
If you had a glass of wine or two over dinner, you probably won’t feel it the next day (depending on how often you drink etc.) So you can log your temperature as ‘Normal’, if you don’t have any signs of a hangover.
Here at Natural Cycles, we’re no party poopers, everyone has a glass of wine or more every now and then – especially at the weekend. Just remember to ‘Skip today’ or tap ‘Deviating temp.’ on these days 😉
Your Natural Cycles Team
You might have noticed that after ovulation, your temperature tends to rise. Or if you’re new to us, now you know 😉 This is also an indicator for the app to know how to calculate your green and red days.
Your temperature is the main indicator the algorithm the app takes into account. This is because your temperature is linked to the hormone levels in your body, and changes throughout your cycle. Once an egg is released from the ovaries (ovulation), your body starts producing the hormone progesterone. This hormone prepares the lining of the uterus for possible implantation and also causes your temperature to rise.
Progesterone is actually only produced in high amounts once ovulation has occurred and once you have several high temperature readings the app will confirm that you have ovulated. You might even notice that you feel a little warmer at night in bed.
So the days before your temperature rise are the most fertile days of your cycle (be sure to use protection if you are preventing a pregnancy.)
Your temperature will drop back down again if the egg has not been fertilised, you will see that this will happen just before or during your period. And a new cycle begins again. On the other hand when a pregnancy occurs the temperature remains elevated and does not drop.
So you will see that you have a relatively lower temperature in the first phase of your cycle (follicular phase) and a rise in the second phase (luteal phase).
Hope that clears things up for you Cyclers. Have you noticed your temperature rise, or do you even feel it ? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.