An impressive facet of FAM charting is the way it can reveal deeper issues in our cycles and physical health. It is important that this information is not substituted for actual medical care or advice. If you notice these symptoms happening to you, you can ask the right questions and get the support you need.
1. Irregular Temperatures
Irregular temperatures will look like drastic peaks and valleys throughout your BBT chart. Even if ovulation is occurring, you might not see a clear temperature shift. This could be due to outside factors that oral BBT thermometers can’t cancel out such as room temperature, mouth breathing, lack of restful sleep and taking your temperature at differing times of day.
If you are sticking to all of the BBT temperature charting rules, but still seeing too much variation in your BBT chart, try switching to a Tempdrop wearable thermometer. Tempdrop works to set outside variables apart from the equation with its unique and impressive algorithm. Many notice that even with irregular sleep patterns, their charts smooth out nicely.
If you are already using Tempdrop and experiencing a wavering chart, try first making sure your wearing position is correct and the sensor forms a close seal with your skin. If the wavering chart persists, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for a data check. They will inspect your background data to rule out external factors.
If outside factors have been eliminated as the culprit, it could be related to your adrenal function and stress response. Further, it could signify a deeper issue such as PCOS. Some with PCOS do ovulate but experience symptoms such as low progesterone, which contributes to erratic temperatures. A hormone panel from your doctor or naturopath can help you decide if it is you or your thermometer.
2. Your Temperatures are Consistently Under 36.2°C/ 97.2°F Before Ovulation*
Low and erratic temperatures can point to adrenal stress. Endocrine systems all work cohesively to support the release of corresponding hormones to trigger events of the menstrual cycle. When one is out of balance, all can be affected. For example, If you learn you have a diagnosis of hypothyroidism, it is good to look at both mainstream and alternative treatment options and consider practical suggestions such as getting enough sleep, drinking enough water and getting adequate nutrition. Your doctor or naturopath could give you more guidance on what treatment methods are available.
*Note that temperature threshold is based on oral temps and axillary measurements [Tempdrop measures axillary temps] may be different.
3. You Do Not See a Temperature Rise on Your Chart
If you do not see a sustained and noticeable rise in your chart you may have had an anovulatory cycle. In short, you’re not ovulating. If your adrenals have you in a constant state of fight or flight, your body can choose to shut down your reproductive system to protect itself. Anovulatory cycles can also be caused by PCOS or you might notice them after getting off of hormonal birth control. If you are of the age, anovulatory cycles can also be a sign of pre-menopause.
4. Luteal Phase is Shorter than 10 Days and Erratic
The Luteal phase is counted from the time of Ovulation to the end of your cycle. This can be clearly seen when charting and counted from either the last day you detect any fertile type Cervical Mucus (peak day) or the first day of your temperature shift. If your Luteal phase is consistently shorter than 10 days or your temps during this phase are erratic, this can indicate Luteal Phase Defect.
Many with this experience have gone to their health practitioner and asked for a blood or saliva test and it has revealed an issue with low progesterone. New products like Proov [progesterone tests] can also help diagnose this. A short or erratic luteal phase can compromise the success of a pregnancy and cause other health issues.
5. You Don’t See Any (Raw Egg White) Cervical Mucus
Some women take evening primrose oil during their follicular phase believing it helps to strengthen their cervical mucus quality. Note, however, that supplements in general frequently lack substantiation through clinical research, and evening primrose oil is no exception. It is recommended to speak to your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.
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I am Mikayla! My role as a Fertility Coach at Hope Healing Fertility is to help couples overcome infertility naturally, support healing for individuals transitioning off of hormonal birth control, and work together with families to create sustainable lifestyle changes. I use Fertility Awareness to take a deeper look into one’s health and love to see changes happening in real time, cycle by cycle.