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Posted by: Astro | 2009-09-11

Low body temperature

Hi

I stopped the pill in November last year, from then till May my periods varied between 22 and 27 days. Since May it has become regular at 24 days, lasting for 8 days at a time.
From Nov-May I had recognisable mucous secretions during the fertile days, but since May I have had no discharge. My periods start with 4 days of very light flow, then 3-4 heavier days

I started checking my temperature last month, for the 12 days before the start of my period, it varied between 34.8 and 36.1 during those days going up and down, the last four days being 36.8 and 36.1. Always measured in the morning.

Will a low body temperature have any influence on ovulation?

I had female hormone tests done, a few months ago, only progesterone was slightly low, but my Dr didnt seem concerned about it. Could these levels have changed since then?

i will continue to monitor my temperature and mucous secretions, just so I know what my body is doing, but how much longer do we wait before I should see a gynae (should I keep going till we have been trying for a year or can I go now?)

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Dear Astro

Temperature monitoring as a means of ovulation detection is somewhat antiquated and has been replaced with far more sensitive ovulation detection kits such as urine LH testing kits, Clearplan etc. These tests are far more sensitive and specific for ovulation as apposed to temperature monitoring which can vary with other biological conditions example infections etc. Should there be no ovulation detected using the urine LH testing kits then I would recommend you see you gynaecologist.

Answered by: Dr M.I. Cassim

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