How To Track Your Basal Body Temperature
Tracking your basal body temperature can be a useful tool for the woman who would like to know when it is that she is going to ovulate. Knowing when you ovulate can help you to know exactly when it is each month during your monthly cycle that you are most likely to become pregnant. This can be useful for the woman who is trying to conceive, as well as for the woman who is using a natural family planning method.
It is important to know first what exactly your basal body temperature is. Your basal body temperature is your body’s lowest temperature during the day. This occurs in the morning, when you first wake up. Ideally, you would take your basal body temperature before you even get out of bed. This will give you the most consistent and the most accurate basal body temperature reading.
To track your basal body temperature, you will need a basal body thermometer. This is a thermometer that is accurate to one tenth of a degree Fahrenheit. The basal body temperature thermometer needs to be this accurate in order to measure the changes that take place in your basal body temperature throughout your monthly cycle.
To track your basal body temperature, you will need to record your basal body temperature each morning throughout your cycle. During ovulation and right after, your basal body temperature will increase somewhere between four tenths and six tenths of a degree Fahrenheit. This spike in your basal body temperature lets you know that you have ovulated.
To make tracking your basal body temperature useful, you need to do it for several cycles. This will help you to know on which day of your cycle you are going to ovulate. You will be the most fertile on the day that you ovulate, as well as on the five or six days that lead up to ovulation.
Many women who track their basal body temperature also choose to track changes in their cervical mucus. The cervical mucus will change in its consistency, color, and volume during your monthly cycle, with the most cervical mucus occurring during ovulation. By combining the information form your basal body temperature as well as your cervical mucus, you can get a good picture of when you are most fertile.