Is it Ovulation Time? Your BBT Will Tell You

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1. Knowing When You Ovulate

When you are trying to conceive, one of the most important things to know is when you are ovulating. Ovulation is the time during the month when the egg is released and is able to be fertilized by the sperm. Ovulation is the only time during the month that a woman can get pregnant. Many women do not realize how short ovulation actually is.

Ovulation-is-the-time-during-the-month-when-the-egg-is-released-and-is-able-to-be-fertilized-by-the-spermOvulation only lasts for one day, and the egg is only alive for around 12-48 hours before it begins to die. This is the only time the egg can be fertilized and the only time that a pregnancy can result. This is why it is so very important that women who are trying to conceive know when they are ovulating so they have the best chance of getting pregnant.

2. Basal Body Temperature

Chances are, you are familiar with how to take your temperature when you are feeling ill, but you probably have not heard of your basal body temperature. Your basal body temperature is simply the temperature of your body at rest. To measure basal body temperature, you need a special kind of thermometer, known as a basal body thermometer.

Your-basal-body-temperature-is-simply-the-temperature-of-your-body-at-restThese thermometers are special because they measure temperature in very detailed measurements, including decimals of degrees. They are not hard to obtain, however. You can buy basal body thermometers online or at most drug stores as well. You can usually find them near the pregnancy tests, ovulation kits, and other fertility supplies, or in the regular thermometer section.

3. Basal Body Temperature and Ovulation

So, by now, you might be wondering just what basal body temperature has to do with ovulation. You see, when your body hits the time of ovulation, you will notice a slight spike in your body temperature, which means that ovulation will be occurring in just a few short hours. It might take a few months, however, for you to notice a pattern.

The-best-way-to-use-your-basal-body-temperature-to-detect-ovulation-is-to-keep-your-pen-and-paper-and-your-basal-body-thermometer-near-your-bedThe best way to use your basal body temperature to detect ovulation is to keep your pen and paper and your basal body thermometer near your bed. When you wake up in the morning, before you even get out of bed, the first thing that you should do should be to take your temperature and record the results. You can do this for a couple of months, and soon, you should start to see a pattern of where the temperature spike is. This will be where your ovulation date is likely to be occurring and you can plan accordingly to make sure that you have sex during those days for your best chance of conception.

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.