Basal Temperature Charting
Learn the best way to basal temperature chart
An ovulation calculator or calendar can be a very useful tool in a fertility acupuncture or Chinese medicine clinic. Charting your basal temperature everyday of your cycle – including through menstruation – can give a practitioner some really useful energetic information about your hormones and gynaecological health. A skilled practitioner will use this information to fine tune your treatment plan, and it’s also a really good objective way to observe the changes in your body as your treatment progresses.
You need to use a fertility thermometer – sometimes called a basal temperature thermometer – as they most accurately measure the subtle temperature changes that occur during a menstrual cycle. Take your temperature when you wake and before you get out of bed. If you find yourself up out of bed going for a pee then don’t bother taking your temperature afterwards – it won’t be accurate and can create confusion. It’s best if you can take your temperature at the same time every morning. Make a note of time variations as it will help explain the pattern of your ovulation calculator. If you work night shifts or are frequently woken through the night, temperature charting may not be a good option for you.
A few useful tips to help you create an ovulation calculator by charting your temperature are:
- Start a new chart with each day 1 of menstrual bleeding.
- If you get a bit of light spotting to start with, your day 1 is most likely to be when your actual period flow starts. Sometimes women need help from someone skilled with fertility temperature chart reading to help clarify when their day 1 really is.
- Set a different alarm sound to remind you to take your temperature.
- Use a fertility thermometer – sometimes called a basal temperature thermometer – they more accurately measure subtle menstrual cycle temperature changes than your usual one. Good and well priced ones can be tricky to find – so to keep things simple, you can buy one here.
- Buy a digital thermometer that remembers your temperature so you don’t have to turn on the light to record it – useful for sleeping partners, or lazy day starts.
- If you find yourself over-analysing your chart, take them to someone like myself who really does know how to interpret them. Sometimes women I see are needlessly worrying that their temperature charts aren’t text book perfect. They don’t need to be.
- Another tip for women who are over-analysing, is to get someone else to record the information.
Click through to download the Fertility temperature chart that Suzanne prefers to use in clinic – it has room to record other daily information and the numbers are big enough to read easily. There are also numerous Apps you can find online. It is important to note that the App and online calculators don’t always accurately ‘decide’ when your ovulation occurred. They are a guide only.