Note: This post is regrettably riddled with NFP-insider lingo. Probably best to skip it if that is not your thing, or especially if it is your thing in the sort of way where you can’t stand to read others talking about their individual experiences with various methods because you know that your method was created by God and is thus unquestionably best for all. Thanks!
I took my temperature this morning. This is hardly surprising, given that I have taken my temperature (BBT) most mornings for the past eight years, but it is significant. Since February we have been keeping two charts, one with the Billings method (BOM) and one based on the Cross-Check method (Best method ever, yo! If you’re near Boston it is totally the way to go. Can we have NFP rap?). Ehem, anyway.
Unlike the Creighton Model (CrMS), which cannot be used alone to determine ovulation for my body, BOM is perfectly adequate for me. It has been a year and a half since we started using it, and Josh still struggles to believe how incredibly easy it is. Yet somehow I remain attached to my thermometer, and I know that I am not the only one who prefers to mix methods.
I knew that this cycle would include traveling for Christmas, and New Year’s, and other reasons for finding the thermometer annoying. So when Josh said that he totally did not care whether I tracked my temperature, it became the first time that I have charted exclusively without BBT. Have I mentioned that BOM is so easy it is almost a joke?
Still, I reached for my thermometer this morning because I wanted to know precisely when to expect the start of my next cycle, and the only reliable way for me to know that is a temperature drop. I used to think that I was unusual in my inconsistent luteal phases, but then I heard a CrMS FCP say that CrMS is great for knowing when your next period will come because luteal phases are consistent… and then she defined consistent as +/- 2 days, for a total of a 5 day range. That means that mine are consistent in CrMS-terms, but that is not nearly precise enough in NoWealthButLife World! Add in the fact that my late-cycle cramping has no consistent pattern, and this leaves me turning to my thermometer.
My temperature was decisively low, which means I will need to start a new chart either today or tomorrow–I don’t know for sure because I don’t know what my temperature was yesterday. Still, knowing that it is either today or tomorrow is a whole lot better for me than just knowing that it will be sometime within the next five days.
I can thank BOM for a lot, including letting me know what day to take my temperature, but I’m just not ready to give up my thermometer completely. Once you learn how to use it correctly, it is just the best. Now I’d better stop before I end up publicly declaring my love for my thermometer. I wouldn’t want to make Josh jealous!
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