The ABCs of Fertility Charting

on Nov 25, 2012

by Brittany Null

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Fertility Charting Basics

If you're trying to get pregnant, you may want to try your hand at fertility charting. Find out all the basics to charting your BBT.

Fertility charting is used by many couples to help them conceive a child. It can be that deciding factor that helps them learn when to have intercourse (on cue almost) to have better chances of conceiving. But what is fertility charting? Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

How it works

Fertility charting is just as it sounds. You need a chart, a thermometer, and a pencil (or pen). That’s it! The whole method of fertility charting is to take your basal temperature and record it on your chart. Usually once a month there will be a spike in your temperature and over time there will be a pattern of how often it spikes. This is your cue, your red flag. The hard part that most people encounter, this has to be done every morning at the same time each morning.

Basal body temperature

Your basal temperature is your temperature every morning before you get up and do anything. You should not go to the restroom; you should not eat, drink, or smoke. This has to be your temperature at a specific time in your day, preferably the same time each day.

Cervical mucus consistency

Another good thing to record on your chart is the consistency of your cervical mucus. When you start your cycle there tends to not be any mucus at all. As it gets closer to ovulation there will be some mucus, as your ovulation hits the mucus will appear stringy and clear similar to egg whites. Note this with your temperature on your chart.

Cervical position

Next cervical position can be noted. This sounds crazy, but give it a try for a month. Gently reach one finger into your vagina and see if you can feel your cervix. This should be noted on your chart as “hard to reach” (up high) or “easy to reach” (down low). Try to also determine if it’s soft or hard as well. While ovulating, your cervix tends to be up higher and a little harder to reach.

Know when you’re ovulating

Over time you will notice a pattern in your chart. If your temperature spikes about the same time your cervix is up higher and you have stringy cervical mucus, then it is safe to say that you are ovulating. This is your open window – take it!

Take note of your questions

If you have any questions that pop into your head, please, write these down on your chart as well and take it to the doctor with you. Once in the doctor office we all forget those “important” questions, so be prepared.

Online charts you can use

Search online for a good chart for you to use. There are plenty to choose from and one will suit your style perfectly.

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Brittany lives in Kansas City, where she and her husband Austin are the proud parents of a newborn baby girl. You can subscribe to their lively and entertaining YouTube Channel to follow along on their journey.

  • Hannah

    Me and my Boyfriend had sex 8 days ago. It was my first time and we had it without any birth control, no condoms or anything. And he also didnt pull out, which means he let his cum out inside of me. What are my chances of being pregnant?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    As long as your ovulation has already taken place and, you don’t suffer from any complications that can affect your conception, there most likely is an 80% chance for you to get pregnant. You should try to take a pregnancy test, 14 days after the first day you missed your period for a reliable result.

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