Basal body temperature charting can be a successful way for a woman to predict ovulation and the most fertile time in her cycle.
Women who are planning a pregnancy, or who may be struggling to get pregnant can monitor their basal body temperature. For some women it can even be used as a form of contraception (although what the success rate would be is questionable)
BBT as it is otherwise known can be quite a tricky process, and should probably be charted for a few months to help you learn to get accurate readings. You can buy basal charting kits from your local pharmacy. It will normally consist of a special thermometer that shows the tiny incremental degree changes that normal thermometers can't, a basal body temperature chart for you to plot the smallest changes to your temperature and a set of instructions. It may be a good idea to make photo copies of the chart, as you will more than likely need several.
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If you are seriously trying to get pregnant it may be a good idea to track cervical mucus changes, and the cervical position too. In fact there are many other physical symptoms that go along with ovulation, from sore or tender breasts, to needing to pee more! You can learn about the other symptoms of ovulation here.
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