The (NOT) IUD Blues

I chickened out, canceled my appointment for placing Paraguard, and bought a basal thermometer. I felt loads better the moment that I decided to cancel my IUD appointment and I swear that the anxiety about it melted off of me.

But now…

My temperature chart is so wacky. Up and down, no “normal” rise and zero consistency. I have no idea what to do. I wake up way too early, reach over and grab the thermometer and immediately stick it in my mouth to take my basal temperature. My readings have been between 96.2F and 97.8F. They started out pretty consistent, but are now spiking randomly, with apparently no rhyme or reason to them. This is my first month tracking my temperature, so it’s possible that I can’t see the big picture yet, but I am seriously not impressed with my temping skills at this point.

So, any suggestions? Is this because I’m breastfeeding? Cosleeping? Ovulating 3 times per cycle? Totally crazy?

I love my babies, but I’m not ready to try for more at the moment and I hate condoms with a passion.

Heeeelllp!

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  1. Nikki -  December 29, 2012 - 9:59 am

    I got the paraguard. It really was quick and easy, not that bad. I can’t do the charting and all that, way too much work with such a huge outcome if I was incorrect. An IUD isn’t for everyone though

  2. Joy -  December 29, 2012 - 9:59 am

    Ok do not panic, first have you had a peroid yet? If not you need to use mucus only. please feel free to message me on facebook (Risa has my info)

  3. Joy -  December 29, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Also tenp alone is inacurate, Look up the link. I will also send you links for 2 orher methods that do not involve temp.

  4. Joy -  December 29, 2012 - 8:09 pm

    I hope I am not overloading you with info, good luck.

    • Jessica -  December 31, 2012 - 5:29 pm

      Thanks for all the help Joy.

      I have had four PP cycles and am using cervical mucus as well. I will check out all your links ASAP and appreciate all the help!

  5. Katie -  December 30, 2012 - 11:08 am

    I was going to suggest a lady comp as well!

  6. Lara -  December 30, 2012 - 8:04 pm

    Buy (or get from library) “taking charge of your fertility” great book!!!!

    If you haven’t gotten your period yet po, I’m not sure… But are you taking it at approximately the same time? Had you gotten out of bed within the previous few hours to pee? You need to not have gotten up, it should be close to the same time and you cant do ANYTHING before taking your temp.

    • Jessica -  December 31, 2012 - 5:30 pm

      Lara, I don’t do ANYTHING before temping. I roll over, grab the thermometer, and then nurse or snuggle a baby back to sleep with the thermometer in my mouth. It’s hopefully at about the same time, but sometimes I’m sure I took my temp at 3 am instead of 5.

  7. Joy -  January 2, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    I am glad that I could help.

  8. Molly -  January 10, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    I wouldn’t stress out too much about wacky temperatures, which could be happening for any number of reasons. All the temperature tracking should be doing is providing added confirmation for what you’ve tracked with cervical fluid. Temp should go up soon after egg white, but as long as you’re uber-aware of your fluids and use condoms or abstain as soon as you start seeing more fertile cervical fluid up until it’s gone, whether or not your temperature rises at the “right” time doesn’t make much of an impact.

  9. Tricia -  January 12, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    First of all, don’t worry. Your inconsistent temperatures are most likely due to your breastfeeding. Before conceiving baby #3 recently, we’d been trying for months and I’m still nursing my two-year old. My temperatures were all over the place, so much so, that I couldn’t rely on them for charting. Because you’ve only had four postpartum cycles, your body is still trying to reach homeostasis. You’re not actually ovulating three times per cycle: you’re gearing UP to ovulate, but no egg is being released. Trust me, after ten months of trying to conceive while breastfeeding (and being a voracious researcher and reader by nature), I’ve learned quite a bit! Good luck, and here’s my one suggestion: use SOMETHING or you have a good chance of getting pregnant again, especially when your cycles are still wonky.

    • Jessica Murphy -  January 12, 2013 - 7:15 pm

      Thank you Tricia. I’ll watch my CM as well and use condoms when ovulation seems remotely possible.

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