An ovulation chart is an excellent tool for predicting ovulation, and helping you to get pregnant in the shortest time possible. It’s actually simple to use, because you need to record your basal body temperature every day, with a basal thermometer that is accurate to 0.01 degrees. It will help you to identify when your basal body temperature rises sharply. This sharp rise is because your progesterone levels have peaked, and it indicates that you have just ovulated. It’s interesting to note that BEFORE you ovulate, your temperature will be slightly lower – and this will be the time you’re most fertile.
A helpful tip for monitoring your basal body temperature (BBT) is to do it at the same time every day. I recommend starting it on day one of your cycle. This is when your period starts. Keep your basal thermometer on your nightstand or bedside table, as you will need to take your reading immediately upon waking – before going to the bathroom or moving about. If you can use a paper chart to mark your temperature, this will be a lot easier than having to boot up the computer first thing in the morning to enter a few digits.
Now, here come the rules of the game You have some options to choose from, you can take your BBT vaginally or orally, this does not matter as long as you take it in the same spot every time. As stated earlier you must take this after a prolonged period of rest, so no eating, drinking, or exercising before you take your temp. You must leave the thermometer in place as long as the instructions that came with your thermometer state. Most basal thermometers come with a chart in the box however, if you would rather print your own there are several websites that allow you to download and print out a blank ovulation chart. The Mayo clinic recommends using a graph to better visualize these changes every month.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a rise in progesterone creates a minimum rise in temperature of 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If this increase lasts for a few days, this indicates that ovulation has already occurred. Remember that the BBT measurements are best for predicting your own body patterns in your monthly cycle. Through careful taking and recording of your BBT you can predict when you are likely to ovulate in your cycle to allow you to plan intercourse around this time in your next cycle.
There are a few things you should know that can alter the results of your BBT. Shift workers may have some problems using this method of ovulation charting because, it is best to take your BBT at the same time everyday and sometimes this may not be possible for shift workers. Also women with insomnia and other sleep disorders may have a problem charting and tracking this appropriately. Other things that may alter the results or give you inaccurate results are: sickness, jetlag, stress, anxiety, smoking, and using an electric blanket. So try to avoid all these things while charting your BBT.
Don’t be overly concerned if any of these factors are affecting you right now, just take the appropriate steps to overcome them. It could mean listening to a relaxation tape before going to sleep, in order to decrease stress and insomnia, or stopping smoking or the use of electric blankets. Even if your readings for one month are a little erratic, you need to persevere, as each additional month of accurate readings from your ovulation chart will bring you closer to your goal of getting pregnant.
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