(BBT = Basal Body Temperature)

Basal Body Temperature chart - normal chart

1. Obtain a proper fertility thermometer. which is a digital thermometer which has 2 decimal points. You can buy one from most pharmacies. Or online via the download below if it’s more convenient. Dedicate that thermometer to BBT checking and clean it with an alcohol swab regularly.

2. Obtain a app or a chart. Remember that every woman’s cycle is different, or even be the same month to month and Apps have different parameters. You want to keep the thermometer next to your bed, so that when you wake up, your eyes open – before you drink, eat, have sex, or even sit up in bed – take your temperature the thermometer goes in your mouth or vagina. Most thermometers keep memory of last read so you don’t even need to record it straight away.

3. On the first day you get your period (proper flow, not spotting), fill in the date and day of the week under cycle day 1. Continue noting the dates of your cycle until the first day of your next period.

4. You can also note the time you took your temperature. Try to take it at about the same time each morning. If you cannot or did not, just make a note.

5. At least 3 hours solid sleep is required beforehand (to get a basal temperature read). So if that didn’t happen, just make a note for that day. No need to take your temperature.

6. Conditions affecting your temperature may include things like a late night, fever, a cold, broken sleep or alcohol. These may cause abnormally high or low temperatures, resulting in inaccurate chart interpretation if not noted down.  So, ignore minor fluctuations. It’s trends & patterns we’re looking for over months.

You may find this a little overwhelming at first; however, it doesn’t take long to get into the routine. And after about 3 cycles you will start to see an obvious pattern and be much more aware of your fertility 😊    

Written by:

Elaine Hickman

Dr Elaine Hickman

B.H.Sc.TCM (Acupuncture), Cert.Cl.Ac. (Beijing)

Elaine has trained and worked in various settings, both in Australia and China.  She has over 25 years experience in treating many health problems.  Elaine loves to provide a health care experience for people that is respectful, effective, empowering and enjoyable.  Elaine has particular expertise in Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Family Medicine and Wellness promotion. She brings extra understanding and knowledge to the table having been through infertility herself.

Elaine is available Mondays & Tuesdays at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne or via video chat most other days. Elaine’s trusted Associates are available most weekdays. Click here to book.

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