Note: this article applies to Cyclers using the app with a basal thermometer. If you use an Oura Ring, please refer to the Oura section of Cyclerpedia.
If your child wakes you up several times at night, we recommend that you try to measure your temperature after your longest stretch of sleep, regardless of when that is. Remember to always measure before you get out of bed, drink water, or sit up.
If you've had an especially rough night, you should exclude the temperature the next morning.
If you have to exclude temperatures, Natural Cycles' effectiveness as a birth control will not be affected. Logging less temperature data means that you will experience a greater amount of red days, where protection is needed, and this may reduce your satisfaction with Natural Cycles. Learn more here.
You can combine your temperature measurements with LH tests if you have a significant variation in your temperatures, which can help the algorithm narrow down your fertile window.
If you are measuring with a NC° Thermometer Gen1 and the beep is disturbing your family's sleep, this article may be helpful.
Note: If you are struggling with your measuring routine, know that you now have the option to use Natural Cycles with an Oura Ring. When wearing an Oura Ring, your temperature trends get measured overnight while you sleep. This means that you no longer need to measure with your oral thermometer as soon as you wake up! Learn more here.