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Ovulation Charts? The Simple Way To Use An Ovulation Chart

Jul 12, 2008
An ovulation chart is an excellent tool for predicting ovulation, and helping you to get pregnant in the shortest time possible. It's actually simple to use, because you need to record your basal body temperature every day, with a basal thermometer that is accurate to 0.01 degrees. It will help you to identify when your basal body temperature rises sharply. This sharp rise is because your progesterone levels have peaked, and it indicates that you have just ovulated. It's interesting to note that BEFORE you ovulate, your temperature will be slightly lower - and this will be the time you're most fertile.

The trick behind correctly charting your BBT is to be consistent; you must check this everyday starting with the first day of your period. The best time to check your BBT is first thing in the morning before getting out of bed, remember basal body temperature is your body temperature at rest, so you must lie still or sleep for at least four hours prior to checking the temperature. Have your ovulation chart handy, like at the bed side, and chart every morning, then write it down before getting out of bed. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but, you must set your alarm clock back five minutes, just what you needed less sleep right?

There are a few things to remember about taking and recording BBT. Do not eat, drink or exercise before taking a reading. If you are taking the reading vaginally or orally, keep using the same site for each reading every time. Keep the thermometer in place for as long as is directed on the package (digital models generally work faster and make a noise to indicate that the reading is complete). Use a digital oral thermometer and record the results on a graph to better visualize what trends are occurring. Free computer graphing and printable sheets are available on a website I'll share with you in a moment.

Here's how to tell when you have ovulated: the American Society for Reproductive Medicine have announced that when your BBT jumps about 0.5 degrees F, this indicates that your ovaries have already released an egg. This information is helpful because it helps you to anticipate when you're going to ovulate the next month, and when you've got a few months of ovulation charts, predicting your ovulation date becomes easier and more accurate!

Some situations can make measuring BBT difficult. If you are a shift worker this can create unreliable results because it is best to take the reading at approximately the same time every day. If you are a poor sleeper and suffer from disturbed sleep or insomnia, this can also skew the results. Being sick, jet lagged, smoking, using an electric blanket or experiencing stress/anxiety, can result in inaccurate results.

As mentioned earlier there can be many factors that influence the accuracy of your readings. Consistency is the key, but we all know how unpredictable our lives can be at times. If you have troubles one month, keep going. Record BBT as faithfully as you can, and remember that the charting you are recording is going to give you an indication for when to try to conceive in the future cycles. The longer and more consistent you maintain your ovulation chart, the better you will be able to predict your ovulation times within your cycle. Recording your basal body temperature with an ovulation chart is an effective way to start planning to conceive.
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You can download and print multiple copies of this free ovulation chart. It will help you to monitor your BBT and assist you in working out the best time to get pregnant.. Just visit this site to get your copy: http://www.ovulationetc.com/free-ovulation-chart/
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