So we’re about halfway through Jenn’s cycle and we have been charting her BBT (basal body temperature) every morning. Tracking/charting your BBT is supposed to be a useful tool when TTC and so of course, we are on board. Every morning Jenn wakes up, hits the snooze button, and sticks a thermometer in her mouth to wait for the beep. Then she drags herself out of bed, pees on an OPK (ovulation predictor kit) stick, and then waits again for that result. She then trudges, half awake by now, into the kitchen to write down her temperature and whether or not she got a smiley (means you are or are about to ovulate) on the OPK. She writes all of this down, every morning bright and early, on a little calendar we bought just for this purpose. Then, because it stresses her out way too much, I take the data she gives me on the calendar, and I make a line graph showing the fluctuations in her temperate for her whole cycle. This, in the end, is supposed to help us gauge when she is going to ovulate so that we know when to try to make a baby. It’s a little much for first thing in the morning, but its important, especially since as lesbians we have such a small window of opportunity and we don’t have the luxury of NOT planning ahead and being a little psychotic about it!
With ovulation, timing is everything. The BBT chart will, unfortunately, only show you a pattern over the months that show approximately when you ovulate, not when you will ovulate. Also you won’t know when you are going to ovulate just by reading your temperature every morning; your temperature will only rise a day or two after ovulation has occurred. Using an OPK can help you pinpoint the target ovulation time and you can confirm ovulation did take place by seeing a temperature rise on your BBT chart. This may all sound like mumbo-jumbo to you, and most of the time it sounds that way to us, but we have to do what we have to do. Jenn’s been a real trooper, diligently doing her new morning routine every day and developing a mild peeing-on-a-stick complex. Oh the joys involved in making babies.