The most reliable method to measure ovulationHelena Gil
If you’re reading this post, you are most likely trying to get pregnant. Have you ever heard of ovulation tests? They make it possible for you to predict when ovulation is going to happen in order to have sexual intercourse and increase the chances of conceiving.
We recommend that you control your ovulation by using the basal body temperature (BBT) method, since it’s the most accurate and reliable method of all the ones that are currently available. This method is based on an increase in body temperature from 1 to 5 tenths of a degree Celsius (0.5 and 1.0 degrees Fahrenheit), caused by progesterone.
This temperature increase indicates that you’ve ovulated, because releasing an egg stimulates the production of the hormone known as progesterone, which increases body temperature.
In order to measure your basal body temperature you need to be persistent and follow these guidelines:
- Take your basal temperature every day of the cycle, either vaginally, rectally, orally or under your armpit.
- Take your temperature every morning as soon as you wake up and while you’re still in bed. This method is not reliable if the temperature is taken at different times of the day.
- Try not to move while taking your temperature. If you need to get up, move around and look for the thermometer, the measurement will not be valid.
- Make note of any temperature fluctuations for several months in order to detect irregularities in your cycle and create an ovulation calendar that is as accurate as possible.
- You should always use the same measuring device.
- Always take the temperature in the same part of the body so that the conditions are always similar and they do not alter the measurement results.
- While measuring the temperature, it’s best not to talk or move. Just stay calm and relaxed.