Pros and Cons of Basal Body Temperature

Basal Body temperature can also be used as a natural family planning method by telling when is the ‘safe period’ or the appropriate time when couple can have intercourse without the risk of getting pregnant. This safe period begins the 3rd day after the temperature increase and continues until the next menstruation. Listed below are both the good and bad sides of the method.


It can be used in for improving chances of contraception by mixing it with other methods, in case the other method would fail.

This is a drug-free and device-free method.

It is free of any cost and any kind of side effects and shows goof efficiency.


The method might not be practical for everyone since it requires that the body temperature be taken everyday: from the time the person awakens and before any physical activity has taken place and throughout the entire ovulation cycle.

Method may not be that accurate. If temperature is not accurately recorded, the test would not prove useful. An accurate thermometer with an accuracy of 0.1 Celsius or more is needed.

Infections like flu, common colds and urinary track infection can cause premature temperature increases and interfere with accuracy of results.

The irregularity of the ovulation cycle may be caused by infection which can result to inaccuracy.

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