In Fertility, Little Things Can Make A Big Difference
The more you know about your body’s natural cycles the better your chances of naturally managing whether you become pregnant – or not. Most women experience a tiny increase in basal body temperature (BBT) right after ovulation. This signals that an egg has been released from the ovary. The trick is, it’s the several days before this rise in temperature that tend to be your most fertile time. So women have had to chart this cycle at least a month or two in advance to be able to see a pattern.
On top of that, BBT is tricky to measure: First, although it’s inexpensive, you have to buy a special thermometer to capture the tiny increase. Then you have to take your temp at the same time every morning before moving a muscle or your number won’t be true. And then you have to chart it religiously. An accurate reading requires at least three hours of uninterrupted sleep, and can be thrown off by one restless night or one day of forgetting to write the number down. So although charting your BBT is not rocket science, generations of women have found it hard to make this happen for the thirty to sixty consecutive days it takes to find the ovulation day.
Affordable technology is now coming to market that can be worn at night to accurately track BBT (as well as other health indicators such as sleep patterns). These unobtrusive sensors chart the data automatically into an app or smartphone so all you have to do is look at the results: “I wore a BBT device for a month,” said Vanessa, “and it’s been such a relief to wake up every day and see accurate, charted data. I was never very sure I was capturing it well enough on my own.”
It might seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference in your ability to manage your fertility – and enjoy your life. That’s why we do what we do at YONO: We see eliminating worry and stress as a great thing for women’s health—and for happy family outcomes.