What is a Basal Temperature Chart or Ovulation Calendar?
An Ovulation Calendar is a way of recording the characteristics of woman's
cycle from month to month. If she knows the average length of her cycle and the day she
usually ovulates, then she can plan the day she is likely to conceive in the next month.
A basal temperature chart gives a great deal of information about a cycle. If
it is recorded carefully, it can identify the causes of any problems.
A Normal Basal Temperature Chart
When a woman is fertile, her (basal) body temperature varies in a particular way at
different times of her cycle. In normal cycles, the temperature is low, about
36.5 (range usually 36.4 to 36.6) before ovulation and rises to 37 degrees soon after
ovulation. If there are major deviations from this pattern, ovulation will not
occur. (Temperatures taken vaginally are sometimes higher than those taken orally).
Conditions at Ovulation
A temperature chart can be normal but the conditions in the ovary at the time of ovulation
might not be suitable for normal fertilisation and development.
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RECORDING YOUR OWN
It is very easy to measure your own basal temperature. In my experience, basal temperature
is best measured in the vagina. Ask your pharmacist to sell you a suitable
thermometer. Do use one that measures in Centigrade. It is much easier to read and
record. Once you have your thermometer and have downloaded your free CHART you will be
ready to commence.
WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR CHART,
YOU MIGHT WANT SOME HELP
If you've read the e-book
TEMPERATURE CHARTS, you probably wont need
my help. But you are welcome to email a list of your temperature readings on different
days or scan your completed chart and attach it to an email. There is a small fee of
$17.50 for my analysis and email response. Alternatively you might like to make an
appointment. I consult in person in Adelaide or by telephone anywhere else, including
outside Australia. To arrange for either the email interpretation or consultation, please
Download your free TEMPERATURE CHART and the
The temperature charts and
instructions are in a PDF format. If you do not already have a PDF reader installed on
your computer you can
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What should the temperature chart look like?
Day 1 is the first day
of menstrual bleeding and your starting temperature should be between 36.4 and 36.6
degrees C. At about day 13, there should be a small dip and on about day 14, the
time of ovulation, your temperature should rise. In an ideal cycle it will reach 37
degrees C on day15 or 16 and stay at 37 until a day or so before your period. If you
are pregnant your temperature will stay at 37 degrees until you deliver. There's
really no need to have a pregnancy test!
There are several examples of real charts in the
of these led to pregnancies and some had problems. I explain what went wrong and how the
problems can be overcome.
When should you have
Ideally if you are trying to conceive
you should make love frequently and not bother too much about the stage of your
cycle. You have a much greater chance of becoming pregnant if have sex before
ovulation rather than at ovulation or later. This is because it takes time for the
sperm to swim up to the egg. Try to have intercourse at least every second day
during the week you are ovulating.
What do variations in temperature
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Are there natural
solutions to hormone imbalances?
Hormone imbalances cause problems with
ovulation. The imbalances are usually caused by exposures to toxic chemicals, stress or
your diet. I have frequently been able to regulate women's cycles just by changing
their diet or lifestyle. It takes a bit of adjusting but no major expense and
certainly no technical intervention.
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