If BBT charting could help PCOS ladies
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a problem in which a woman's hormones are out of balance. It is the most common endocrine disorder, affecting approximately 5-10% of women ages 18 - 44. PCOS can cause problems with your periods and make it difficult to get pregnant. Women with PCOS may have irregular periods, no periods, long cycles or excessive bleeding during periods.
Charting your fertility when you have PCOS can be challenging because your cycles may be extremely unpredictable and your basal body temperature may vacillate. Thus, it may appear, on multiple days, that you are fertile when, in actuality, you are not.
Although charting with PCOS can be challenging, charting your fertility may make an enormous difference to your pregnancy prospects. Since you will be able to identify more clearly whether or not you are ovulating, you can take a break from trying to conceive (without worrying about missing a chance). BBT charting could determine if you are about to ovulate or if it has already happened. It could tell you whether your progesterone is likely too low or whether your luteal phase (the time between ovulation and menstruation) is too short to allow an egg to implant in your uterus.
Additionally, if PCOS patients are in treatment, medications such as Metformin or Clomid may affect the cycle and fertility signs. BBT charting allows them to monitor their own ovulation and thus the effectiveness of the treatment plan. If PCOS patients wanted to go to the hospital to monitor their cycle, it would be hugely expensive; however, BBT charting could reveal a pattern of whether or not the treatment helps. Meanwhile, patients could show their doctor their BBT chart and the doctor could decide to change the dose or try another medicine. With this information, PCOS patients would be able to learn quite a bit.
Overall, BBT charting can help you to become familiar with your ovulation patterns and hormonal imbalances – in a way that gives you much more information than the snapshot you get from hormonal testing on a single cycle day. It serves as a bit of a measuring stick for your reproductive health, and indicates problems that need to be addressed.
How YONO helps?
The traditional method used to chart BBT is to prepare a bedside thermometer and set an alarm for you to awake at the same time every day (it is also recommended that you take the BBT after at least 3 hours of sleep). Then, you have to remember to measure the temperature immediately after awakening, without any physical activity, since body temperature rises very rapidly once in motion. Finally, you must record the data in a notebook or a smartphone charting application. Even the most disciplined woman may feel stressful and have difficulty completing this daily routine of charting BBT data.
Now, women have the option of letting technology do the work much more easily and with much higher accuracy. After a night of wearing YONO, users connect YONO to their smartphones and data automatically syncs into an iOS or Android application. With the latest wearable technology, many steps of this process would be eliminated, letting women monitor their body much more easily and allowing them to enjoy a better quality of life during the process of trying to conceive.