It is available in Pdf format. Your resting, basal, body temperature will change during your cycle. Your bbt will be lower during the first part of your cycle. It will increase a little at ovulation.
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Learn more What is basal body temperature? Your basal body temperature BBT is your lowest body temperature in a hour period. Typically, BBT increases slightly right after you ovulate. For greater accuracy, you can combine tracking your BBT with monitoring changes in your cervical mucus. Keep in mind that your most fertile period is in the two to three days before the increase in BBT. So when you detect a temperature change, your optimal window for getting pregnant will likely have already passed.
Charting your BBT can also help your healthcare provider pinpoint the cause of any fertility problems. How do I take my basal body temperature? Can I use a regular thermometer?
To get an accurate reading, you need to use a basal thermometer, which is sensitive enough to measure minute changes in body temperature.
You can buy glass or digital BBT thermometers in your pharmacy or online. Although some digital ones give readings to a hundredth of a degree, all you really need is one that will give a reading to one-tenth of a degree thermometers that only give readings to two-tenths of a degree are not accurate enough.
To get your BBT, take your temperature when you first wake up in the morning — before you eat, drink, have sex, or even sit up in bed or put a foot on the floor. Try to take a reading at about the same time each morning, and record it on a BBT chart see below.
What is the normal basal body temperature? Before ovulation, your BBT may range from about But the day after you ovulate, you should see an uptick of 0.
Be aware that, in addition to ovulation, the following can also affect your BBT: Pregnancy: If you become pregnant , your basal body temperature will stay elevated throughout your pregnancy.
Medications: Some medications, such as antibiotics or blood pressure medicines, can cause a rise in BBT. Exertion or heat: Exercise and hot weather can push your temperature up. What is cervical mucus?
Cervical mucus is vaginal discharge produced by the cervix. Over the course of your menstrual cycle, the amount, color, and texture of your cervical mucus changes due to fluctuating hormone levels. Then you may notice a few days of cloudy, sticky discharge. In the few days leading up to ovulation, the amount of discharge increases and becomes thin, slippery, and stretchy like egg whites. This consistency makes it easier for the sperm to travel through the cervix to the egg.
These are your most fertile days. Just after ovulation, the amount of mucus decreases and becomes thicker. Then you may be dry for several days before your next period. A good time to check your cervical mucus is when you go to the bathroom first thing in the morning, but you can check it any time of day.
Sometimes you may be able to see cervical mucus on the toilet paper after you wipe. Other times you may need to insert a clean finger into your vagina toward your cervix to get enough mucus to examine. Keep in mind that taking certain medications, having sex, using a lubricant, or douching can change the appearance of cervical mucus.
Ovulation charts: Tools for tracking your BBT and cervical mucus This blank chart gives you a handy way to track your basal body temperature. You can also use it to track your cervical mucus. How to chart your basal body temperature and cervical mucus Ready to begin charting? Continue noting the dates of your cycle until the first day of your next period.
Each morning when you wake up — before you drink, eat, have sex, or even sit up in bed — take your temperature with a basal thermometer. Put a dot next to the temperature that matches your thermometer reading for that day. You can also note the time you took your temperature.
Try to take it at about the same time each morning. Connect the dots to see how your basal temperature fluctuates from day to day. You can also check your cervical mucus each day if you wish. That day is usually the day you ovulated. It should correspond with the last day you noticed egg-white-like cervical mucus.
The days when you notice egg-white-like mucus are your most fertile. Track these symptoms for a few months to see if you notice an uptick in BBT and egg-white-like mucus at the same time each cycle. That will allow you to plan which days to have sex if you want to get pregnant.
For the best chance of conceiving, have sex at least every other day during your most fertile period. For more information, read about how to boost your chances of getting pregnant, connect with other couples trying to conceive , and learn the most common early signs of pregnancy. And if you have the flexibility to take a more low-key approach, you can just have sex about every other day during the middle two weeks of your cycle. Learn more.
Basal body temperature and ovulation
Gynecology Blog by DR. Basal body temperature charts will offer you more reliable information. Now that you have made your first BBT charts, you are certainly impatient to know their interpretation. Type 1: Normal Two-Phase BBT Chart Such charts are typical for the normal two-phase menstrual cycle and are characterized by pre- ovulation and pre-menstrual falls of temperature along with a rise in the 2nd phase of the cycle by at least 0,4 Celsius. The duration of the post ovulation rise is between 12 and 14 days. Here is an example of a typical curve for the normal two-phase BBT chart: Type 2: Estrogen-Progesterone Deficiency The rise of the temperature in the second phase is slight. The difference between the 1st and the 2nd phase is no more than 0,,3 Celsius.
Basal Body Temperature Chart (BBT) - PDF Celsius & Fahrenheit
Your gynecologist or reproductive endocrinologist may recommend charting to help detect when ovulation is happening or to get a better idea of your menstrual cycle patterns. There are so many advantages of charting. What Is BBT? Then, just before your period starts, the hormone progesterone drops. To know what your basal temp is, you must take your temperature in the morning before you get out of bed or move around. That will cause your temps to rise just slightly, enough to make your chart inaccurate.
Blank BBT Chart & Instructions to Detect Ovulation
Learn more What is basal body temperature? Your basal body temperature BBT is your lowest body temperature in a hour period. Typically, BBT increases slightly right after you ovulate. For greater accuracy, you can combine tracking your BBT with monitoring changes in your cervical mucus. Keep in mind that your most fertile period is in the two to three days before the increase in BBT. So when you detect a temperature change, your optimal window for getting pregnant will likely have already passed. Charting your BBT can also help your healthcare provider pinpoint the cause of any fertility problems.