For successful pregnancy planning, it is important to correctly identify favorable days. Of the variety of methods, the most accessible is still the method associated with building a basal temperature graph. It does not require special training and can be used by any woman at home.
It is necessary
- - a sheet of paper in a cage;
- - pencil;
- - medical thermometer.
Basal is the body temperature at rest. It is not affected by external factors such as stress or weather conditions. That is why it reflects the objective state of the body and the reproductive system in particular. The temperature graph helps to suspect or rule out problems, which is very important when planning a pregnancy.
Measure your temperature every morning, starting on the first day of your menstrual cycle (i.e. the day your period starts). Use a personal clean thermometer for this. The most informative are the readings obtained as a result of rectal temperature measurement.
Prepare a clean thermometer in the evening. It doesn't matter if it's mercury or electronic. It is only important that the device is the same throughout the entire cycle. If you are using a mercury thermometer, shake off the previous reading to 34-34.5 degrees.
Immediately after waking up, insert the prepared thermometer into the anus. If you are using an electronic thermometer, measure until the beep sounds. Hold a traditional mercury thermometer for at least three minutes.
Remove the thermometer and record the reading on the graph. Connect adjacent dots daily. Slight temperature fluctuations within one phase of the cycle are allowed, the main thing is that there is not a large spread in temperature values.
In the first phase of the cycle, the temperature should be below 37 degrees. For most women, the average reading is even lower - at the level of 36, 5-36, 6 degrees. Ovulation on the graph can be seen by the drop in temperature. On the day of egg maturation, it is 36, 2-36, 4 degrees. The second phase is characterized by high temperature values (37 degrees and above). Ideally, the difference in average temperatures before and after ovulation should be at least 0.4 degrees.