Learn how to properly manage and organize your cycle and fertility data.

Lesson Objectives:

  • Learn why charting is important when trying to conceive. 
  • Understand the role that basal body temperature (BBT) plays in charting.
  • Learn what other signs can point to ovulation.

Major Points in this Lesson:

  • If you’re trying to get pregnant, charting your BBT and other fertility signs can make it easier to pinpoint ovulation.
  • Knowing how to interpret your fertility data and patterns can maximize your chances of getting pregnant.

If you are finding it difficult to get pregnant, charting your fertility cycle can greatly increase your odds. Throughout your cycle, your body presents an array of clues that can help you target when you ovulating and when you’re not. While charting may seem like a hassle, you are more likely to get pregnant sooner and with minimal effort. Charting takes just minutes a day and there are numerous tools on the market to streamline the process.

Basal Body Temperature

Checking your basal body temperature (BBT) is a proven way to help predict when you will ovulate. Before ovulation, your BBT is typically between 96 and 98 degrees F. During ovulation, the body releases a hormone known as progesterone which causes your temperature to rise slightly – usually by about 0.5 degrees. 

Your temperature will likely remain raised until your next cycle begins. By checking your BBT daily, you can tell when your temperature raises which signals that ovulation has occurred. To ensure accurate results, use a reliable thermometer to check your temperature, such as an in-ear thermometer. 

Other Ovulation Signs

Although checking your BBT is one of the best ways to detect ovulation, it is not the only thing you’ll want to look for. Also spot changes in your cervical mucus. As you near ovulation, it is normal for the cervix to release more mucus than normal. This is when you are most fertile. The mucus will generally appear clear and stretchy similar to egg whites. This slippery mucus helps the sperm find its way to the egg.

There are also a variety of home tests that can help you monitor your fertility cycle. When tools and tests such as ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) are used alongside BBT charting and other methods, you can best track your fertility cycle.