Question:

What is BBT and how will it help my infertility?

Basal Body Temperature Charting

For some women, getting pregnant comes very easily, while others have a more difficult time conceiving, due to female infertility. One method that has been used for many years to help couples conceive is called "charting."

This involves daily journaling of specific changes in your body, which can lead to a better understanding of your menstrual cycle, and enhance your chances of overcoming female infertility, and pregnant.

The most popular method of "charting" is Basal Body Temperature, or BBT. To chart your BBT, you need to take your temperature each and every day. To make the most of this method, you will need to do the following:

1. take your temperature every day at the same time, each day, preferably first thing in the morning

2. do absolutely nothing before taking your temperature - do not eat or drink, smoke, or get up and move around, as these actions can alter your body temperature

3. take your temperature the same way each time; it doesn't matter which method your choose (oral, rectal or vaginal)

Normally, as you ovulate, your temperature goes up a very small amount. Keeping track of your temperature for several cycles can give you clues to the best time to try to conceive. Remember that no method is foolproof. It may help to have your doctor review your temperature journal, to help you interpret it. You may get an "off" temperature, occasionally, so don't panic.

Journaling your Basal Body Temperature is one way to better anticipate your menstrual cycles, and assist in achieving pregnancy.

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