Basal body temperature (BBT) tracking is a simple yet effective method we often encourage to help women understand their menstrual cycle and enhance fertility. By measuring and recording your BBT every morning, you can gain valuable insights into your reproductive health and pinpoint the most fertile days of your cycle.
This technique has been used for decades and is particularly popular among those trying to conceive. In this article, we will explore the benefits of BBT tracking and how it can be a valuable tool on your fertility journey.
Understanding Basal Body Temperature
Basal body temperature refers to your body’s temperature at rest, typically measured in the morning before you engage in any physical activity. Throughout your monthly cycle, your basal body temperature fluctuates due to hormonal changes. By tracking these fluctuations over time, you can identify patterns and predict ovulation. Typically, your BBT is lower in the first half of your cycle and rises after ovulation, remaining elevated until your next period.
BBT tracking offers several benefits for women who are trying to conceive. Firstly, it provides insight into the regularity and length of your menstrual cycle and if or when you are ovulating. Observing the changes in your BBT can also determine the length of your follicular and luteal phases, as well as, identifying any potential hormonal imbalances or issues affecting your fertility. For example, consistently low temperatures may indicate an underactive thyroid, while erratic temperature patterns could suggest irregular ovulation or high stress levels that need to be addressed.
How to Track Basal Body Temperature
To track your basal body temperature accurately, you will need an ovulation thermometer, which is more sensitive than a regular thermometer and can measure slight temperature variations. It’s important to measure your BBT at the same time every morning before getting out of bed or engaging in any activity. Keep a notebook or use a fertility tracking app to record your daily readings. Over time, you will start to notice patterns in your temperature chart, enabling you to identify your fertile window and time intercourse accordingly.
Take note! Temperature readings may be inaccurate if;
- You have an infection, cold or flu.
- You drank alcohol the night before.
- Too much body movement upon waking.
- Temperature is taken after at least 3 hours of sleep.
- You have already been awake for 10 minutes.
Another great tip for determining your fertile window
- Checking for fertile cervical mucus – what a typical pattern looks like & signs to look for!
Fertile mucus that occurs at the transition from your follicular to your luteal phase looks very different under a microscope than discharge from other times of the month. When this change occurs, clear and stretchy fluid like egg white can be seen. This change enables sperm to swim efficiently to their destination, also protecting sperm as they travel through the reproductive tract.
- Dryness, very little discharge, or thick mucus can be a barrier to healthy conception – ensuring proper hydration at this time of the month is a simple way you can improve cervical fluid at this time. Taking electrolytes may be useful for some women.
This clear discharge should ideally last around 3-5 days. It is on the last day of this clear and stretchy mucus you are most likely to ovulate. So the best way to conceive during this time is to have sex as soon as you notice fertile mucus and every day or second day if possible.
Healthy sperm can live in the reproductive tract for around 72 hours. The goal here is to have lots of sperm waiting prior to release of the egg.
Finding a Fertility Trained Acupuncturist
Basal body temperature tracking, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and holistic methods all offer valuable tools and approaches for enhancing fertility. Whether used individually or in combination, these methods can provide insights into your menstrual cycle, regulate hormonal balance, improve reproductive health, and support your overall well being.
If you’re considering trying acupuncture to enhance your fertility, it’s essential to find a qualified and experienced acupuncturist who specialises in reproductive health and fertility. At Ballarat Acupuncture & Herbal medicine, our acupuncturists are AHPRA registered with extensive training in fertility and women’s health conditions.
Acupuncture has been shown to have several positive effects on fertility such as improving blood flow to the reproductive organs, increasing blood circulation to promote a healthy environment for egg maturation, implantation, and overall reproductive function. Acupuncture also helps regulate stress levels and hormonal balance by influencing the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis, which controls the menstrual cycle. By stimulating specific acupuncture points, this ancient practice can help regulate ovulation and promote regular menstrual cycles while optimising fertility.
Each person’s fertility journey is unique, and it’s essential to consult with healthcare professionals and qualified practitioners to develop a personalised plan that aligns with your needs and goals. By taking a holistic approach, you can optimise your chances of conceiving and embark on the path to parenthood with confidence.
If you’re ready to take control of your fertility journey, start tracking your basal body temperature today and explore the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Get in contact with us to find out more, or book an appointment so we can assist you on your fertility journey.