Basal Temperature – How to Measure and Record

When I was told about the method of measuring the temperature when I woke up in the morning, I thought it was crazy! Most gynecologists do not even mention this possibility of knowing our bodies. But, it is very efficient, as long as it is done correctly. What is this really about?

 

What is Basal Temperature Measurement

This method, still little known, consists of checking the temperature through the mouth or the vagina with a thermometer on waking up, without getting out of bed, without moving as little as possible and always at the same time, preferably. The basal temperature will indicate your period of ovulation and it is highly recommended that the woman combine two ways of checking when this occurs. Therefore, we recommend the use of ovulation tests even before the drop in basal temperature. You can purchase your Famivita brand ovulation test here in our online store .

How to Measure Basal Temperature

It is advisable to measure the temperature through the vagina , as it would be a place where there is more security to provide a more accurate result, since sometimes we can sleep with our mouths open and change the result. “But what is all this for?”, You might be asking yourself. Calm that I will explain:

Our body has several hormonal phases during a menstrual cycle . In the first phase, when menstruation goes away, the one who takes control of the situation is estrogen, whose function is to make the egg begin the process of maturation, so to speak.

In the second phase, progesterone is responsible for maintaining the endometrium so that it is able to receive the zygote (fertilized egg) and is able to fix itself in the uterus. So, estrogen causes our temperature to drop, and when ovulation approaches, the tendency is for it to fall even further.

Progesterone, on the other hand, causes the temperature to be higher and, therefore, whoever monitors daily clearly perceives the period of ovulation and even, in my case, pregnancy! This is my own baseline chart from before I got pregnant.

 

Basal Chart Model

You can see that, in this graph, the temperature before ovulation remains low to average, and when the graph marks the dotted line it starts to rise noticeably, and then we already know that ovulation has already happened, because the progesterone has just risen to maintenance of the endometrium.

Usually the peak down that the graph shows is where estrogen has its apex, and from there we can assume that the egg will be released soon , between 12 to 48 hours. This is the graph where it clearly shows the day of ovulation and, after the period in which my period would normally come, I was able to get tested and thus verify the pregnancy in fact.

Basal Temperature Calculation Sites

There are some sites that do this automatic calculation. What we have to do is measure correctly in the morning with at least 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Here are two of them that I used to use myself and approve of.

  • http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home
  • http://www.mamanandco.com.pt/ovulacao/grafico-temperatura-basal.php

Over time you can learn the pattern your body shows. In my case, my temperature before ovulation never exceeded 35.4 and, after ovulation, it rose little: it reached 35.9 36.2, at most. Now, when the pregnancy happened, that pattern rose to 36.6, indicating a significant increase in progesterone and suggesting pregnancy.

The peak of LH will be combined with the drop in the graph and then you can optimize the pregnancy to happen. And remember: this method requires discipline and patience in the first cycles because learning comes with time. Good luck!

Questions from Readers:

How do I know if I am pregnant by baseline temperature?

No method for discovering pregnancy is as reliable as a pregnancy test, but through the temperature it is possible to notice “something different”. If, even after 18 days after ovulation, the basal temperature remains high, it may be indicative of pregnancy.

What is the basal temperature in ovulation?

The temperature is very personal and can vary from woman to woman; therefore, there is no standard. Normally, during ovulation, the temperature tends to drop from 0.5 to 2 degrees, increasing when ovulation ends.

See also:  When Does the Ovulation Period Happen?

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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother. Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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