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How to chart your temperature and cervical mucus

The Basal Body Temperature

The Cervical Mucus

Which one should you chart?

Something else you should know

Conclusion

With the progression in technology, many new methods have come up for helping women predict their ovulation time better. One of the most successful ones used in the more recent times is the urine-based ovulation predictor kits, which are almost accurate and also can be easily used by you at home without the help of a professional guide(Read more about Best reviewed ovulation predictor kit). But over the ages, women have come to trust the following two natural methods to get a fair idea about exactly when they will have their ovulation.

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The Basal Body Temperature

The Basal Body Temperature (BBT) could act as a good indicator for understanding your ovulation time period. BBT refers to the temperature of your body after at least 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep session. The best time to check you BBT would be when you wake up in the morning. You need to check your temperature at this time using a basal thermometer that can help you find even minute increases in your body temperature unlike the regular thermometer. It would be a good idea to use the temperature-plotting charts to get a better idea about your BBT variations. The chart could help you get a better idea about your body changes and ovulation period.

The BBT shows a rise in your body temperature on the day of your ovulation and the days following it – mostly till the time your next period onsets. You might see a slightly hike in your temperature on some other days, but these spikes will not be constant. Only during the time of your ovulation will you see a constant rise in your body temperature. Even if you have sex within 12 to 24 hours after you first see such a rise in your body temperature, chances are pretty high of your getting pregnant. This is because you are most fertile on the day that you first notice the rise in your body temperature – your day of ovulation.

The Cervical Mucus

This is perhaps one of the most evident ways to find out whether you are ovulating. There are different types of vaginal discharge that you experience during your cycles and the one that occurs either on the day prior to or on the day of the ovulation in known as the cervical mucus. It is easy to distinguish this kind of vaginal discharge from the ones you experience on other days. Your body experiences an increase in its estrogen levels on the day of ovulation and this is what leads to the cervical mucus discharge. On normal days you can see a light or sticky kind of discharge. However, the cervical mucus is clear and slippery with the consistency of a raw egg white. You can use a toilet paper or your own fingers to find the change in the discharge pattern. Your body is most fertile on the last day when you notice this kind of a discharge.

Which one should you chart?

It would be a good idea to chart both these indicators to help you understand what time you need to have your sexual intercourse to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

Something else you should know



1.BBT is accurate only when you take it at exactly the same time everyday.

2.BBT should be taken only using the Basal Thermometer and not the regular one.

3.Intake of painkillers like Paracetamol during your ovulation period could reduce your body temperatures.

4.Any kind of illness, sleeping in or consumption of alcohol could lead to a rise in your body temperature even if you are not ovulating.

5.Your recordings and charting should be accurate without mistakes to make sure that the results are accurate.

Conclusion

Doctors advise couples to use the newer techniques like the urine-based OPKs which have a lot of advantages above these two methods(Read more about Best reviewed ovulation predictor kit). They are more accurate, reliable, and also less messy. Also, they do away with the stress and pressures on the minds of the couple and help them to enjoy their sexual intercourse better. Fertility experts point out that most people become obsessed with their charting activities especially since they need to do this first day every morning. The effects of such obsession could be hugely negative on the couples.

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