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How to use your Digital Basal Thermometer

The Digital Basal Thermometer is a must-have when trying to conceive. As stockists of the market leading Fairhaven Health Digital Basal Thermometer, we knew we just had to share how easy it can make charting your fertility and predicting ovulation using the Basal Body Temperature. The Fairhaven Health Digital Basal Thermometer provides  BBT temperature readings accurate to within 1/10th of a degree and features an easy to read and interpret display, memory recall, Ovulation chart and a beeper to indicate peak temperature readings. So taking the stress out of predicting your Ovulation and replacing it with a little science, the BBT method has got you covered.......

 

How to take your Basal Body Temperature

Throughout the first two weeks of a woman’s cycle, her body temperature is noticeably lower ranging from 96.0 to 97.5Fand as Ovulation occurs, the body temperature rises as a result of the hormone progesterone – this is nature's way of providing a warmer, more fertile environment.  Using the BBT method you will be able to detect a minimal temperature rise of 0.4 to 0.6 degrees F, and by measuring these temperature changes you will be able to determine when ovulation is taking place in your cycle.

For optimal response, it is recommended that you take your BBT temperature at the same time every morning, as any physical activity may increase your resting temperature and providing an inaccurate reading. We recommend taking it before you get out of bed, and reading the temperature to within 1/10th of a degree and recording the reading on your fertility chart for tracking.

 

How to take my BBT?

For an accurate interpretation of your Basal Body Temperature your temperature must be taken first thing in the morning, prior to food, activity or drink. As recommended take your BBT before jumping out of the bed for the day, bearing in mind at least three to four hours of sleep is necessary in order for a BBT reading to be determined.

 

How does BBT charting predict Ovulation?

BBT charting enables you to predict Ovulation by detecting the fertility patterns in your cycle, allowing you to predict Ovulation based on your accumulated menstrual cycle/BBT history. As your Basal Body Temperature increases just following Ovulation, accurate BBT tracking highlights when you have ovulated, enabling you to detect your window of opportunity (‘fertility window’) so that you can concentrate your efforts and maximise your chances of conception. Many women will use BBT charting and Ovulation Tests as a foolproof combination to predict Ovulation with optimal accuracy.

 

What should my BBT chart record?

Your Basal Body Temperature chart commences on the first day of your cycle (CD1) and proceeds to monitor and track temperature increases on a daily basis – in 1/10th increments. To ensure accuracy check your BBT daily at the same time and record your results on your fertility chart (included with the Fairhaven Health Digital Basal Thermometer).

 

What changes in temperature indicate Ovulation?

The majority of women preceding Ovulation will record an average basal temperature somewhere between 96 to 98 degrees, even though temperature baseline can vary woman to woman, hence why the charting is so vital. Following Ovulation your may record a minimum body temperature rise of 0.4 to 0.6 degrees - you should detect a temperature of between 97 to 99 degrees directly following Ovulation. Temperature fluctuations can depend on the individual and can be a gradual or sudden rise, however once you have identified the increase in BBT and tracked it for consistency you can determine that Ovulation has taken place and plan your conception efforts accordingly.

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