How Can Basal Body Temperature Charting Support Fertility?

The timing of intercourse is very important when it comes to becoming pregnant. By doing so at the right time, you can save your time and energy being spent on trying. Because the timing is important for successful conception, monitoring the days of fertility is also becoming important. If you can find out the days you are more fertile, then you can plan it very well. In this line, one must remember that each and every month, our body would give us the signs that we are ovulating. All we have to do is to identify those.

The Importance of Basal Body Temperature:

As you might be already aware, there are various methods to determine whether you are fertile. One among these is your basal body temperature charting. The method of basal body temperature charting would help determine when you are likely to ovulate. So, how to use this method? Let’s see here now:

While using this method, you will be tracking your body’s basal temperature. In simple terms, the basal body temperature can be defined as the lowest temperature that the body would experience in a 24-hour period. In order to note down your basal body temperature, you need to take the readings when your body is completely idle. This is why it’s advisable to track the basal body temperature immediately after waking up from your sleep.

It’s to be noted here that your basal body temperature will be more or less stable with just some minor fluctuations. While this is the case during all the days of a menstrual cycle, you would see a slight, as well as steady rise in the basal body temperature during the ovulation window. You could see an obvious increase of 0.1 to 1.0 degree during the fertile window. Although this is a minor change, it’s an important sign of ovulation. Therefore, the women who are trying to conceive are recommended to chart down the basal body temperature to determine whether you are ovulating.

Understanding the Changes in Basal Body Temperature:

So, why is there a change in basal body temperature during ovulation? Let’s try to understand this here. During the menstrual cycle, two hormones will reach their peak levels. As such, during the first half of the cycle, estrogen will be at highest levels. If you do not know about estrogen, understand that this would help your ovaries to produce an egg to be released during ovulation. On the other half part of the cycle, the hormone “progesterone” will be at its peak. Note that this hormone will be dominating until it decreases in expectation of your periods.

Now, the theory can be easily explained because estrogen is a cooler hormone, while progesterone is a warmer hormone. Thus, before ovulation, when estrogen is higher, the basal body temperature will be low, whereas, after ovulation, when progesterone is dominant, the basal body temperature will be high.

Thus, tracking your basal body temperature will help determine if you are fertile or not. Although this method has its own set of pros and cons, this is still considered to be one of the common methods to track ovulation.

References:

https://www.uptodate.com/contents/evaluation-of-the-menstrual-cycle-and-timing-of-ovulation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12468181

http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/S0010-7824(02)00288-3/fulltext

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24845657

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