Charting Your Basel Body Temperature

Basel body temperature chartFor women who wish to improve their chances at pregnancy, one of the most effective methods that they can use is the BBT (Basal Body Temperature) Chart. This chart allows women to keep a record of their Basal Body Temperature over a period of time to determine at which times they are fertile.

What is the basal body temperature?

The basal body temperature is the temperature of a woman’s body that is taken right after waking up from sleep before any physical activity has been undertaken. Differences in basal body temperature have been proven to help determine at which times a woman may be at her most fertile.

This is due to the fact that ovulation can cause an increase in a woman’s basal body temperature by one half to one degree Fahrenheit. Charting will help determine a woman’s biphasic pattern, which is the tendency of women to have lower basal body temperatures before ovulation and then higher temperatures afterwards.

Taking your temperature

Keeping track of the basal body temperature on a regular basis can also help show signs of certain issues that concern a woman’s fertility cycle. Through the charts, a number of minor infertility issues can help doctors know a lot more about what is happening to a woman’s body and help provide necessary remedies to them.

Charting your basal temperature pattern

A fertility BBT Chart may be able to show if a woman is experiencing anovulation, the absence of ovulation during a cycle. This can be seen on the BBT Chart when there are no drastic temperature changes even as the menstrual period is experienced.

Women who have low estrogen levels can also be determined through the BBT Chart. This can be known when the pre-ovulation temperatures charted during a cycle are not low enough. Estrogen can cause the basal body temperature to drop. Low levels of estrogen will show on a woman’s pre-ovulation temperatures.

In the same way, low progesterone levels may also be determined from a BBT Chart. But this time, they can be reflected through a record of post-ovulation temperatures that stay on or below the average temperature.

Through a BBT Chart, a thyroid dysfunction might also be determined. This might reflect by having either too low or too high temperature levels during the first week of menstruation. A reading that is too low may indicate an underactive thyroid. A too high reading during the first week of the menstrual cycle may indicate an overactive thyroid.

Keeping a BBT Chart would really be an important undertaking for women trying to conceive. A minimum of three month’s worth of BBT chart records may be able to tell how a woman stands when it comes to her fertility. Through the charts, certain fertility issues may even be determined and help doctors to further increase a woman’s chances of conceiving.

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