Dear Kindara,My BBT this month looks more like a heart monitor than last month which was the model for ovulation. But eventually, right around the time I ovulated last month, the temps stayed high. The app isn’t giving me blue post ovulation numbers, so can I assume that means its not sure I ovulated?-Trying36Chicago, IL
Thanks for writing in! Only YOU can be the judge of whether you ovulated — the app won’t do it for you. Because there are so many things that can affect your temperature, we recommend to keep charting and to possibly show your chart to a fertility expert to make sense of your data if you are having trouble interpreting it.
Lots of factors can affect your temperature. You may see sporadic temperature changes like the ones you are describing due to changing the time you take your temperature, how much sleep you get, whether or not you’ve had alcohol the night before, if you’re on any medications, if you’ve been traveling, if you’re sick, if you’ve recently come off the pill, if you’re breastfeeding, if you’re approaching menopause, or if you’re underweight, among other things. You see — *lots* of factors.
In order to see the blue post-ovulation numbers, you would need to identify which day was your temperature shift day in the app. We recommend marking the first day your temperature went up and was followed by consistently high temperatures as this temperature shift day. Continue to chart and you can see if your body has a tendency to experience sporadic temperatures during the follicular phase. This heart monitor pattern may be normal for your body, but it’s not optimal for health. If it’s caused by one of the factors above, usually it can be remedied. Charts will usually fall into a biphasic pattern unless they are disrupted by something.
If your next few cycles have consistent low temperatures followed by high temperatures, then your current cycle could have been slightly abnormal for you. To have variable cycles is actually normal for women. Much like your life is not the same from month to month, your cycle can change month to month too. Perhaps for this particular cycle you were busier, had to stay up later, or took a trip to Bora Bora. All these things could potentially change the pattern of your cycle.
Carry on and keep charting! We wish you the best of luck in you and your partner’s journey to conceive.