What is basal temperature and how will it help in planning pregnancy?
Any woman planning a pregnancy, early orwill later encounter the need to measure the basal temperature and construct an appropriate schedule. But not everyone who is faced with this problem knows what basal temperature is. In this article we will talk more about this.
So, the basal temperature is the temperature that is measured in the mouth, the vagina or the rectum.When planning pregnancy, this is usually done in a second or third way.
How can this help? The fact is that the menstrual cycle of any woman is divided into three periods - the first, when the egg is needed for fertilization (follicular); the second period - the egg moves through the fallopian tubes (ovulatory); in the third phase, either pregnancy occurs, or, if fertilization does not occur, the next monthly (luteal) begins. At each phase, the basal temperature differs, it is highest at the end of the cycle, and lower, respectively, at the beginning.
Temperature in different phases of the cycle
What is the basal temperature, we found out,Now we will understand how it will help in the planning of conception. Everything is very simple. It is known that the ideal time when fertilization can occur is in the ovulation phase. Therefore, knowing about the peculiarities of basal temperature during this period, we will be able to calculate it and prepare as much as possible for conception. As mentioned above, the follicular phase is characterized by a low temperature, about 36.5 degrees, and the luteal phase is high (it can go up a full degree), ovulation occurs with a slight decrease in temperature, perhaps only one tenth of a degree. Having noticed such a jump down, be sure - ovulation has begun. It happens that no jump is observed, then the "moment X" is the day before the temperature rises.
We build the graph
Now you know how useful the basaltemperature. The graph, however, will help you to more accurately determine the desired day of conception, so we will learn how to build it. It's still simpler here. On the X-axis, we note the numbers of the month, on the Y-axis, the temperature. Every day (attentiontion: necessarily in the morning), having measured the temperature, we mark on the graph the point corresponding to the day when the measurement was made and the reading on the thermometer. Then we connect the points and get a broken line. For exact results, repeat the measurements every day for several months.
Although we found out what a basaltemperature, and also how it helps the onset of pregnancy, it is worthwhile to understand that her schedule can tell you many more interesting things about your body. For example, you will be able to determine the duration of each phase of your cycle, to understand if you have ovulation at all (if not, contact your doctor), calculate the coming monthly, find out if your reproductive system is healthy and, of course, determine the onset of your pregnancy immediately after it happened.
Read the schedule
Pay attention to the deviation in the graph. For example, if you observe a temperature that is unusual for the follicular phase, or if any cycle period lasts less than it is supposed to be - then perhaps you do not have enough hormones or your appendages are inflamed, the same reasons can cause prolonged ovulation - more than three days.
Note, the basal temperature duringpregnancy (in its beginning) is usually the same as at the ovulation stage. Of course, it is better to keep a schedule under the supervision of a doctor. Be sure to consult a specialist if you are planning a pregnancy. He will not only explain to you what the basal temperature is, but also help in reading its schedule.