WHAT IS A BASAL BODY TEMPERATURE
Your basal body temperature (BBT) is your lowest body temperature in a 24-hour period. You will need to use a basal thermometer, which measures small changes in body temperature. Before ovulation, your BBT will probably range from 97.2 to about 97.7 degrees Fahrenheit. But the day after you ovulate, hormonal changes cause a rise of 0.4 to 1.0 degree in your BBT. You may notice your temperature spiking on other days here and there, but unless it stays up, you probably haven’t ovulated yet. If you become pregnant, your temperature will stay elevated throughout your pregnancy.
BENEFITS OF CHECKING BASAL BODY TEMPERATURE
- Monitoring your ovulation.
- No side effects since this is a natural method.
- Estimates if you have any luteal phase defects.
- Women grow more knowledgeable about their body changes and canpredict their next menstruation.
HOW CAN YOU CHECK YOUR BBT
- Check your temperature immediately after waking up and before getting out of bed. Make sure you’ve had at least six hours of sleep.
- Always use the same thermometer when measuring your BBT.
- Check your temperature at the same time each day.
- Take your temperature by mouth, under the tongue, and for the same time period.
BBT chart showing luteal phase defects:
- Follicular Phase (Low Temperature) shifts up slowly to the Luteal Phase (Higher Temperatures) and takes over 3 days.
- In Luteal Phase (Higher Temperatures) for less than 9 days.
- Increase in temperature of less than 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.3 degrees Celsius.
Fig. A. shows patient before treatment, the BBT indicated the luteal phase defects;
Fig. B. shows patient with improved luteal phase after treatment of herbal and acupuncture that;
Fig. C. shows patient pregnancy after three months of treatment.