Monitor Your Temperature Changes
An ovulation predictor chart is a natural way of knowing when you ovulate. When treating infertility, every bit of information you may gather is important. All the body signs are there to be monitored, and recognized so that you are prepared for intercourse at that important time in the cycle.
There are other means of monitoring ovulation, by using an ovulation predictor kit. Some success can be achieved with this method. However if a female is trying to create a pattern of when ovulation occurs, it is best to keep an ovulation predictor chart.
In the event of Assisted Reproductive Technology being considered, further testing may be required with hormone blood tests.
Basel body temperature (waking)
This important body sign has a lot to offer as an infertility solution. Once you have been taking your temperature and charting the temperature sift patterns for a few months, the importance of the changes will become evident.
The pre ovulatory waking temperatures typically range from about 97 to 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Post ovulatory temperatures may rise to about 97.6 to 98.6 degrees. After ovulation has occurred, the temperature will remain elevated, until the next period, which is about 12 to 16 days later.
Should pregnancy have occurred, the temperature will remain in the higher category throughout the pregnancy.
Once ovulation has taken place, the heat inducing hormone, progesterone, will cause the temperature to rise. Thus, if your temperature rises, it is a sure indication that ovulation has already taken place.
Temperatures are normally low in the preovulatory phase of the cycle, and once ovulation has occurred, the temperature will rise in the luteal phase. But it is important to note that the temperature will not be constantly low, or constantly high. There will still be some variation in the temperature on each and every day.
In the first phase of the cycle, in the low temperature phase, the temperature variations will vary, but remain in the lower recordings. In the third phase, in the elevated temperature phase, the temperature variations will vary in the higher recordings. Thus the view should be of the overall lows and highs, rather than on a specific day.
The preovulatory temperatures are suppressed and kept low by estrogen. Whereas the postovulatory temperatures are increased by the heat inducing hormone, progesterone in the luteal phase. An example of the temperature changes can be seen in the graph below.
Another important point to note when monitoring temperature patterns, is that there will not always be a drop in temperature before or when ovulation occurs. The rise in temperature does almost always indicate that ovulation has occurred.
It is for this reason that a number of cycles will have to be monitored and recorded, if using temperature as an ovulation predictor.
Factors influencing temperature changes
There are certain factors, other than hormone changes, that will influence your change and increase your waking temperature:
- if your are ill, with a temperature
- drinking alcohol the night before
- getting less than three hours of sleep before taking the temp
- taking it at a substantially different time, on any given day
- using devices, such as an electric blanket or heating pads
Once a number of cycles have passed, a good record of when ovulation occurs will emerge. Thus it is important to record all factors that may affect your temperature to ensure that any unusual patterns can be accounted for.
Monitoring your temperature is a natural way of "treating infertility".
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