In order to get the most out of Natural Cycles, it is important to measure at the right time in the right way. We decided to summarize the top 3 questions that we received from you on this topic.
1. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and have to go to the bathroom. Can I still measure in the morning?
We recommend at least 3-4 hours of sleep before measuring. So, if you visit the bathroom 5 or 6 hours before it’s time to measure then you can go back to sleep and measure as usual when you wake up.
If you instead tend to wake up 1 hour before your measuring time, then you can measure at that time, as we recommend measuring within +-2 hours of timeframe.
If you like to snooze (like some of us do) then we recommend measuring as soon as you wake up first time. This is because we want to capture the basal body temperature, and your body will ‘wake up’ the more you wait and change the temperature. So for correct results measure as soon as you wake up and then keep snoozing!
3. I have a baby, and wake up several times at night. How should I measure?
We know that it could be difficult to keep up with the measuring if you have a baby to take care of and need to wake up several times per night.
We recommend you to measure as often as possible, and after the longest period of sleep. Should one night be much worse than your ‘average night’ then we recommend to simply skip measuring in the morning.
Also, here is a friendly reminder of dos and don’ts when it comes to measuring:
- 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 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 hungover 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).