Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 12:24 pm
Author LInda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, VH
BBT stands for Basal Body Temperature. BBT Charting is when you take your temperature every day during your menstrual cycle and write the temperature on a chart. This is done to get a good picture of your most fertile window during your cycle. The time after ovulation and before your period arrives is called the luteal phase. The follicular phase is before ovulation (this is the time when your follicles should grow). You are looking to see lower temperatures before ovulation in your follicular phase. And in particular, you are looking for a spike in your temperature just after ovulation. Sometime during the luteal phase is when implantation of an embryo should take place. So you want to see your temperature stay raised during that time to help the embryo grow. You can use ovulation sticks in conjunction with your BBT Charting to provide you with an indicator of your fertile window of opportunity.
Knowing your fertile window of opportunity is great because it helps you narrow down the time which you have to “try” to conceive. This can be great because as anyone who has been “trying” to conceive for a while knows, it can become a chore. So, BBT Charting lets you not only know when you absolutely must “try”, you also know when you can have fun just for fun. The rise in temperature is not only a good indicator that you have ovulated. It is also a good indicator that you have the proper amounts of hormones present to allow for implantation and help an embryo continue to develop and a pregnancy to progress.
Always consult your doctor for medical advice. For more information on BBT Charting , go to WebMD.