The journey to conception and pregnancy is like signing up to a marathon, you shouldn't go into it unprepared and it can take at least 3 months to provide the body with the necessary nutrients to conceive, have a healthy baby and a healthy you during pregnancy and post-natal.
For those couples that have already been trying for an extended time, you are not alone. One in six couple experience infertility which is defined as actively trying to conceive for over 12 months without a successful pregnancy. I get it, that doesn't make you feel any better. I too have been on a journey off infertility for over 3 years now and what they say is true, when you have a personal interest in a topic, you research and retain a lot more then if you didn't have experience in it.
I have successfully helped multiple couples achieve fertility both naturally and assisting them through Assisted Reproductive Therapies (IUI & IVF) for both male and female infertility treatments.
Basal Body Temperature Tracking
How to test your basal body temperature (BBT)
To track and confirm when you ovulated in your cycle follow these steps:
Purchase a BBT thermometer. The difference being that it is a thermometer that goes to two decimal places (36.56). You can find them in the family planning section of a chemist or online here
Download free app Fertility Friend – although not the prettiest of the apps available its algorithms are the most accurate
Leave the thermometer on your bedside table, within quick reach
Take your temperature immediately as you wake up. It is important that it is done straight away as movement will alter your temperature.
Note the temperature in the app
Ideally, you will need to be asleep for at least 3 hours to get your resting temperature
Things that can alter your temperature are
Sleeping with your mouth open (when you don’t usually)
Large changes in the room temperature
How to read your chart
At the first half of your cycle (follicular phase), your temperatures are lower and once you ovulate, your temperatures increase rapidly as your progesterone level increases in the luteal phase.
Just before ovulation, some woman will get a sudden dip in temperature that is lower then their average for the follicular phase. If you see this, it is a good indication that you are in your fertile window.
If you don’t tend to get this dip, I suggest using OPK tests as well until you start to see the pattern of your cycle.
To confirm that you have ovulated, fertility friend requires 3 days above the average (or they call it the cover line) to then get what they call your “cross hairs” (the red lines)
Tracking your BBT can also show me if you could possibly have thyroid conditions as your temperature runs lower than average.
If you are not trying to conceive, you can use this as a contraceptive however in the beginning please also take other precautions too.