Lesson 19 – Becoming Familiar with Charting Patterns

Lesson Objectives:

  • Know that variations can occur in the ideal fertility pattern
  • Understand how knowing your fertile days can increase your odds of pregnancy

Major Points in this Lesson:

  • There can be a variety of “ideal” fertility chart patterns
  • Analysis is more reliable with signs are properly cross-checked

Charting is an effective way to track your basal body temperature (BBT) and other fertility signs such as cervical mucus. By measuring and recording your BBT on a daily basis, in combination with tracking other changes in your cycle, you can better target your ovulation days. When all signs point to fertility in the days prior to ovulation, and the ovulation date is clear, a chart analysis can typically detect a high level of certainty.

Cross-checking is also an effective way to target ovulation and the days leading up to it. Recognizing fertility symptoms such as changes in BBT and cervical mucus, and cross-checking them with various days in your cycle can help make the analysis and interpretation of fertility charting more reliable. However, if you do not see a distinct pattern in certain fertility signs, don’t worry. It is still possible to detect ovulation and increased fertility even under less than ideal charting situations.

When signs do “match” your fertility charts and show a clear pattern, then the interpretation will be much more reliable. However, when the signs do not match the ovulation date, it is more difficult to be certain of your charting results. If this is the case, continue to look for signs of ovulation, such as cervical mucus changes, breast soreness or tenderness, heightened sense of smell, mild pelvic pain, or light spotting or discharge. When you’re able to recognize these signs and when they usually occur during your cycle, you can better target ovulation and increase your odds of conception.

After several months of charting your BBT and other fertility symptoms, you should see a regular pattern. Using tools like an in-ear thermometer can make this process fast and precise. Know that your pattern may be different than the norm, as every woman is different. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with your unique pattern, you’ll be better equipped to determine when ovulation will occur.