Why is the basal body temperature method used?
People use this technique to identify the fertile days of their menstrual cycle, or the days when they have a higher chance of becoming pregnant. Some people who want to get pregnant use BBT to determine the best days to have sex each month. It may be used by those trying to prevent pregnancy to determine the best days to abstain from having sex.
Some people choose the BBT method because:
Getting used to monitoring and recording your temperature might take some time. Other physical changes, such as sore breasts or a change in the texture of your cervical mucus, can also give you hints about when you’re ovulating.
Reasons to measure basal body temperature
There is a very good reason to measure basal body temperature more frequently even though we may only think about doing so when checking for fever. You can’t tell exactly where you are in your cycle just by counting cycle days, but keeping track of basal body temperature shifts can.
If you’re trying to conceive or looking for a hormone-free way to prevent pregnancy, this precision can help you identify the days when your chances of success are the highest. Natural Cycles advises measuring five days a week or more to collect sufficient data to confirm the fertile window.
What is the basal body temperature method?
When you’re most likely to become pregnant can be determined using the basal body temperature (BBT) method. Your body’s temperature at rest is known as its basal temperature. Measuring your BBT, also known as the temperature method, is one way to forecast ovulation. Knowing your ovulation date can help you predict the days when you’re most likely to become pregnant. With this knowledge, you can decide when to engage in sexual activity if you want to become pregnant or when to refrain if you don’t.
Your body temperature rises slightly after ovulation. This is due to an increase in progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that gets your uterus ready for pregnancy.
You must monitor your basal body temperature for at least three menstrual cycles in order to use this technique. Measuring BBT may help you identify a pattern, even though you may not be able to predict your ovulation with absolute certainty. This information can be used to predict when you’re likely to ovulate. The days leading up to and immediately following ovulation are when you will either have sex or abstain from it, depending on your pregnancy goals.