BBT Charting: No Mid-Cycle Temperature Spike
I get my period every 28 days, but my first three months of charting shows no spike mid-cycle. What can this mean?Question:
An absence of a mid-cycle temperature spike can mean one of several things:
- Your temperatures may not reflect the heat-inducing progesterone produced following ovulation. This is rare, but does happen in some women who are indeed ovulating.
- You could be having a thermal shift, but you may not have drawn a coverline appropriately in order to accurately interpret your charts. To draw the coverline correctly, identify the first time your temperature rises at least two-tenths higher than the highest of the last six days. Then draw the coverline a tenth of a degree above the highest. In a typical cycle, your temps will remain above the coverline for about 12 to 16 days before you get your period.
- You may be having a delayed ovulation, with a thermal shift late in your cycle, followed by a short luteal phase of less than ten days.
- Finally, you may not be ovulating, altogether, although this is not that likely, since women with extremely regular cycles usually do ovulate.