BBT, or basal body temperature tracking, is something you may have come across when googling about fertility or determining ovulation. BBT is a step in the fertility tracking method that can give us a lot of information about your cycle and hormones.
By tracking your first morning temperature we can determine if and when you are ovulating. It can also help us determine if there are any fertility concerns with the second half of your cycle. However, BBT is not a great way to help you plan timed intercourse for getting pregnant. It will help us determine ovulation timing after 3-4 months of consistent tracking.
This means it is great to start tracking your BBT before you actually want to start trying.
Our body temperature responds to the change in hormones after ovulation. When the corpus luteum starts producing progesterone, our basal body temperature will increase 0.5-1 0C. It’s not a drastic jump. So it’s important to know these steps to make sure you’re getting good information.
Coupling this with cervical mucous tracking can give you all the information you may need to improve your chances of conceiving naturally. The best way to do this is to download a fertility tracking app. Here at HHA we really like to use Kindara or Fertility Friend. Both of these free apps give you the capability to tracking your periods, temperatures, cervical mucous, symptoms, intercourse and any LH or pregnancy tests you take. Literally all your fertility info will be in one spot. If you are working with a fertility naturopath or practitioner, it’ll be super easy to share how each cycle has been for you.
Tip: Some things that might influence your temperature and throw off your chart are getting up in the night to pee, going out the night before and having some alcoholic bevvies, or not getting enough sleep. Life happens, so if this is you during your charting time just put a note on that day explaining that temp might not be totally accurate.
BBT can be a really effective method to help learn about your cycle.
If you’re ready to dive in and learn more about your fertility, click here to book a discovery call with one of HHA fertility practitioners.