If you measure your basal body temperature every day, you can know your menstrual cycle pattern, and you will be able to predict the start date of menstruation and the date of ovulation. However, if you make a mistake in measuring, you will not be able to accurately grasp changes in your body.
So how do you measure your basal body temperature correctly?
We have compiled an article to help you answer questions such as "How should I measure it?", "I want to predict the ovulation day from my basal body temperature", and "Is there any other way to know the ovulation day other than my basal body temperature?".
Find out in this article
- Accurate measurement of basal body temperature
- How to predict ovulation date from basal body temperature
- How to know ovulation day other than basal body temperature
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What is the relationship between basal body temperature and ovulation day?
Your basal body temperature is the temperature you take when you wake up in the morning. Human body temperature is not always constant. It is known to be subtly altered by activity and hormonal action.
Pre-ovulatory body temperature indicates a cold phase. This is because estrogen is secreted to thicken the lining of the uterus.
Ovulation occurs when estrogen secretion reaches its peak, and once the body temperature drops, it gradually begins to rise. The body temperature shows a high temperature phase because the secretion of progesterone (luteinizing hormone) becomes active. Until the next menstruation begins, the secretion of progesterone (luteinizing hormone) continues, so the body temperature maintains the state of the high temperature phase.
In this way, the basal body temperature, which is divided into a low temperature phase and a high temperature phase, is known to change on the day of ovulation due to the influence of estrogen (follicle hormone) and progesterone (luteinizing hormone).
Accurate measurement of basal body temperature
To get your basal body temperature, you need two things. It's a women's thermometer and a basal body temperature table. If it is not a normal thermometer but a women's thermometer, you will not be able to know the exact temperature change. Basal body temperature charts for recording are available at hospitals, pharmacies, and online. Recently, the number of applications that record basal body temperature seems to be increasing.
Let's take a look at how to measure your basal body temperature correctly. When you wake up in the morning, take your basal body temperature while lying down without getting up. This is because when you move your body, you lose track of your resting body temperature. It's a good idea to keep a women's thermometer at your bedside so that you don't have to move your body.
Some people may be worried about what to do if they forget to take their temperature. It is desirable to take your temperature at the same time every day, but you may forget to take your temperature or wake up at a different time after taking it many times. Don't be too nervous, just be patient and get used to it. Also, if you write down the days when you feel sick or when you feel stressed, it will be useful when you look back.
Record your basal body temperature to predict your ovulation date
Recording your basal body temperature can help you predict changes in your body. For example, the timing of ovulation comes around 14 days from the day menstruation began. If your body temperature does not rise more than 14 days after menstruation, ovulation may not have occurred.
Also, as a feature of the ovulation day, there is a time when the body temperature drops once. This is called the temperature drop day, and it is said that ovulation occurs around this time. After the body temperature drops once, it shows a high temperature phase in which the body temperature rises by about 0.3 degrees until menstruation. About 14 days after ovulation, the body temperature drops and menstruation begins. If menstruation does not start even after 14 days from ovulation and body temperature does not drop, there is a possibility that you are pregnant.
The basal body temperature of a healthy woman repeats a low temperature phase and a high temperature phase in a constant cycle. The 14 days before ovulation are typically cold and the 14 days after ovulation are typically warm.
On the other hand, if the hormone balance is disturbed, the basal body temperature chart will not be a clean two-layer.
Prediction of fertile days from ovulation date
Once you can predict your ovulation date, you will know when you are most likely to conceive. If you want to become pregnant, it is best to have intercourse at a time when you are most likely to conceive.
The most fertile time is between two days before and the day of ovulation. Eggs have a lifespan of about 12-24 hours, and sperm have a lifespan of about 72 hours. Eggs have a shorter lifespan, so it is preferable to wait for sperm to be ovulated in the body rather than having sex after ovulation.
Predicting ovulation can be difficult as soon as you start keeping a basal body temperature chart. If you don't know when your ovulation day is, try keeping a basal body temperature chart for at least 3 months. As you keep recording, you will begin to see your own ovulation patterns and menstrual cycles.
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How to know ovulation day other than basal body temperature
If you have a basal body temperature chart but do not know the ovulation date, you can find out the ovulation date from changes in vaginal discharge and ovulation prediction tests.
In order to know the ovulation date from the discharge, you have to know the state of the normal discharge. The discharge seen on days other than the ovulation day is characterized by being smooth. However, as the ovulation day approaches, the smooth vaginal discharge turns into something like a transparent, sticky egg white. A clear, sticky discharge is only seen shortly before or during ovulation.
To find out the ovulation date with an ovulation prediction test, prepare an ovulation prediction test sold at drugstores and pharmacies. It is a method that can easily check the concentration of LH (luteinizing hormone) contained in urine with a test kit. Test once a day at the same time. The day you get a positive result, or the day after you get a positive result, is your ovulation day.
Even if it is difficult to determine the ovulation date based on basal body temperature alone, it is possible to predict the ovulation date more accurately by combining changes in vaginal discharge and ovulation prediction tests.
By correctly measuring the basal body temperature, you can know the date of ovulation and the menstrual cycle. Knowing the date of ovulation is very important information to increase the chances of conception, especially for those who want to conceive. For the first three months, let's continue to measure the basal body temperature. Looking back at the basal body temperature chart, you should be able to see your pattern as you repeat the low and high temperature phases. If it is difficult to determine the ovulation date from the basal body temperature chart alone, it is a good idea to check for changes in vaginal discharge or use an ovulation prediction test.