Basal Body temperature charting is easy and can be stress free. Whether you are trying to get pregnant or trying to NOT get pregnant, it is wise to know your most fertile days of your cycle.
Our bodies give us easy to read clues about when we are most fertile. From a heightened sense of smell to slippery cervical fluids to changing basal body temperatures, the signs are there to get our attention.
When patients come in for treatments to enhance their fertility naturally, the first place we start is with charting their fertility for 2-3 months. Taking Charge of Your Fertility is an excellent resource for more information you ever hoped to know about your cervical mucous including microscopic images ; ) and what to look for in your Basal Body Temperature chart.
How do I take my Basal Body temperature, you ask ?
Get a digital thermometer, I prefer this Basal Body Thermometer because it shows the temperature to the 1/100 or two decimal points for a more accurate reading….and it doesn’t beep at you the whole time you are taking your temp. Take your temp every morning right when you wake up and before your feet touch the ground, so you need to have it right at bedside. In order for accurate readings, you need to have slept at least a 4 hour stretch and have a fairly regular sleep schedule. Plot your waking temp on the chart for your entire cycle. You will see a dip in your temp mid cycle and then should see a sharp rise within a 24 hour period–that’s ovulation. Over a series of a 2-3 months you should see which day of your cycle (or range of days) ovulation occurs for you. This gives you a general guideline of days to be extra frisky or extra careful!
Also note days when your cervical mucous (vaginal discharge) is slippery like egg whites–this is a key indicator of your most fertile days! This happens a few days before ovulation, making the “environment” ripe for semen motility and fertilization. For women who are wanting to avoid pregnancy, these are the days when you will want to suit up with a condom or avoid intercourse. I do not recommend fertility charting as the sole means of contraception—and it certainly does not protect you from STI’s. Charting increases your awareness about your body and is helpful as an early warning system when using barrier methods of contraception.
For more detailed information, check out my video on YouTube!