A Precision Instrument
The female body is a precision instrument, and this is never more crucial than when you are trying to get pregnant. Many years of experience as a fertility acupuncturist tell me that small variations in operating temperature can often affect the chance of a successful outcome. For this reason, charting your basal body temperature or BBT (your body temperature at rest), is a critical fertility sign because it is the only sign that will tell you definitively that you ovulated. It also is the only sign that will let you pinpoint (to as close a degree as possible) when ovulation occurred. All your other signs tell you only that ovulation is approaching. Temperature charting was first identified in the 1930’s by supporters of the rhythm method of contraception.
After ovulation, the body produces progesterone. Progesterone causes an increase in your body temperature that is observable when you measure your BBT with a special BBT thermometer just upon waking in the morning.
Now take a look at the illustration. An experienced eye would recognise that the temperature in the first half of the chart is too high and will observe that this person has ovulated early. Higher temperatures can often also lead to poorer egg quality. This is just one possible variation seen in clinical practice, other examples include temperatures that may be too low or simply unstable.
By asking careful questions the skilled practitioner is able to uncover the reasons for this variation from the norm, and will be able to recommend an appropriate course of treatment. Continued monitoring of the BBT chart allows for checking of treatment outcomes. It may also allow you to check the effects of lifestyle changes such as reducing stress.
In effect taking your daily temperature can be a useful tool in optimising your fertility. Are you ready to start charting your basal body temperature now?
How To Take Your Basal Body Temperature
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