Fertility: Why you should be Temperature charting!

If you are trying to conceive, find out why you should be temperature charting and how it will help you see what is happening during your cycle.

Why you should be temperature charting.

If you are trying to conceive, my first recommendation is that you start temperature charting when waking in the morning with a basal body thermometer.

The reason why you should be temperature charting is that it will give you a good idea what is happening to your body throughout the length of your cycle.

You can also chart your temperatures whether your cycle is regular or not.

I also recommended that you chart for at least 3 cycles, so that you can see a pattern forming, this will also give you time to implement any nutritional and lifestyle changes to get you in tip top condition for conception.

Benefits of Temperature Charting

  • Shows how long the follicular phase is (from period to ovulation) , and luteal phase is (from ovulation to menses).
  • When and if ovulation occurs.
  • Any potential problems with your cycle, such as a short luteal phase.
  • Continued high temperatures in the luteal phase can indicate a pregnancy before a missed period is observed.
  • Get’s you in sync with your cycle and observing what is happening in your body.

How to Temperature Chart

Firstly, you will need to make sure the thermometer is a basal body thermometer in either Centigrade or Fahrenheit. Also make sure it shows the 2 decimal places.

The easiest thermometer to use is the digital one, with a memory in order to store your last temperature for recording at a later time.

You can purchase a thermometer from me for £5.00, or if you are seeing me for either Fertility Reflexology or Fertility Massage you will receive one in the fertility pack during your consultation meeting.

Ideally you would start taking your temperatures on day one of your cycle (which is the first day of your period), but if you have irregular cycles then start when you can and carry on throughout the whole of your cycle, continuing into your next menses, where you will start a new chart from day one of your cycle.

You need to take your temperature at the same time each morning (even at the weekend 😀 ), before any other activity such as getting out of bed to pee, brushing your teeth or talking to your loved one.

Things that can affect the temperature

If you experience any of these it should be noted on your chart, so that you can see if it causes any drastic changes to that days temperature.

  • Not getting 3 consecutive hours sleep
  • Drinking alcohol the night before
  • Illness
  • Stress
  • Travel (especially by plane)
  • Taking temperature at a different time than usual

Charting you Temperatures

I highly recommend using Fertility Friend, which you can use as an app (Apple | Android) on your phone or on your computer.

The app is easy for plotting your daily temps, cervical fluid, any other signs and symptoms, plus a whole lot more.

The nifty calendar displays your temperatures easily and it will show you if you have ovulated.

The basic version is free, which is what I use, but you can purchase a VIP membership.

Although temperature charting will show you when you have ovulated (the temperature spike is caused by progesterone heating the body after the egg has been released), it will not tell you prior to the egg being released.

So if you are trying to conceive, you will need to couple temperature charting together with charting your cervical fluid to see when it changes into fertile fluid (egg white consistency).

Has temperature charting helped you get pregnant? please let me know in the comments below.

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