Ovulation & Basal Temperature

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Ovulation & Basal Temperature

Basal temperature measurements provide an accurate and free method of discovering the timing of ovulation. The basal temperature method also allows you to discover whether your cycle is normal and whether you are pregnant. If your chart does not look like the one below, you can learn more in my simple e-book on How to interpret your temperature chart. If you want to learn even more about all the things that influence fertility, read my book It Takes Two, which is available as an e-book or hard copy. Alternatively, if you have been trying without success for some time or have experienced one or more miscarriages, you can avoid more heart-break by discovering the cause through my Natural Fertility Evaluation. This on-line service provides you with a detailed personal report that identifies all your problem areas and gives helpful, straight forward advice.
What is Ovulation?

Ovulation is the name given to the process of the release of the egg (Latin name = ovum, plural = ova) from the follicle of the Ovary. Ovulation occurs once the egg has reached a certain stage of maturity. Its release is associated with specific hormonal changes. Prior to ovulation, several ova are expanding in size. Usually only the largest of these, the so-called dominant follicle releases its ovum.

What is a Temperature Chart or Ovulation Calendar?
Ovulation can be timed in a fertile woman by measuring her basal body temperature. When fertile, her (basal) body temperature varies in a particular way at different times of her cycle. If you are trying to time your ovulation you can use your body temperature to discover whether your cycle and ovulation are normal and your most fertile time of the month.  In  normal cycles, the temperature is low, about 36.5 before ovulation and rises to 37 degrees soon after ovulation.  If there are deviations from this pattern, ovulation might not occur. Alternatively, the conditions in the ovary at the time of ovulation might not be suitable for normal fertilization and development.  It is possible to work out what is going wrong by analyzing the temperature chart.
My new e-book TEMPERATURE CHARTS makes you an expert!   It has sample charts (cycles that worked and ones that didn't), clear explanations and ways to solve most problems. Also my easy to read book It Takes Two tells you all you need to know about fertility and conception.
It is very easy to measure your own basal temperature. In my experience, basal temperature is best measured in the vagina. Ask your pharmacist to sell you a suitable thermometer.  Once you have your thermometer and have downloaded your free CHART you will be ready to commence. WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR CHART, YOU MIGHT WANT SOME HELP
If you've read the e-book
TEMPERATURE CHARTS, you probably wont need my help. But you are welcome to email a list of your temperature readings on different days or scan your completed chart and attach it to an email. There is a small fee of $25.00 for my analysis and email response. Alternatively you might like to make an appointment. I consult in person in Adelaide or by telephone anywhere else, including outside Australia. To arrange for either the email interpretation or consultation, please CONTACT ME.
Download your free
The temperature charts and instructions are in a PDF format. If you do not already have a PDF reader installed on your computer you can
download your free PDF reader from Adobe.
What should the temperature chart look like?
I have included an ideal chart.  Day 1 is the first day of menstrual bleeding and your temperature should be about 36.5 degrees C.  At about day 13, there should be a small dip and on about day 14, the time of ovulation, your temperature should rise. In an ideal cycle it will reach 37 degrees C on day15 or 16 and stay at 37 until a day or so before your period.  If you are pregnant your temperature will stay at 37 degrees until you deliver.  There's really no need to have a pregnancy test!

When should you have sex?
Trying to time ovulation so as to have sex at the right time is not the best way to go about natural conception. Ideally if you are trying to conceive you should make love frequently and not bother too much about the stage of your cycle.  You have a much greater chance of becoming pregnant if have sex before ovulation rather than at ovulation or later.  This is because it takes time for the sperm to swim up to the egg.   Try to have intercourse at least every second day during the week you are ovulating.

What if I don't have time for much SEX or it's not very enjoyable?

Making love is a very important part of successful relationships. If you are a woman and your sex life isn't wonderful then the time to do something about it is NOW.  My new e-book
"Making Love & Babies" is full of helpful advice for women and their partners. When you read Making Love & Babies you can also check your sexual technique. Detailed research suggests that a very common sexual practice might inhibit fertility.
What do variations in temperature mean?

The e-book
"Temperature Charts" will help you interpret your chart and understand how to make the changes to overcome irregularities. If this doesn't work you probably need to utilize my services of my Evaluation plus Counselling. So much of your life and lifestyle can contribute to your fertility that there is no simpler way than this of working things out.
Ovulation and Twinning

Some families have a tendency to produce dizygous or fraternal (non-identical) twins. This has been found in families with a certain type of gene for alpha 1 anti-trypsin. Now although this sounds complicated, it's not. It's simply that these families end up with more activity of the enzyme trypsin. Trypsin breaks down the wall of the follicle and releases the egg so more trypsin means that more than one follicle might be broken down. Twinning is also associated with increasing maternal age. This doesn't happen for the same reasons as familial twinning but it does happen for the same reason as IVF clinics collect lots of eggs. It is because the hormone FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) that ripens follicles, is increased with maternal age.

If you need extra help, it is available at relatively low cost and could save you a huge amount of money, time and anguish. PLEASE DON'T consider IVF or other invasive procedures before you have looked thoroughly at your lifestyle. Try our services. Personal Counselling is available world-wide by telephone and email.


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Are there natural solutions to hormone imbalances? Hormone imbalances cause problems with ovulation. The imbalances are usually caused by exposures to toxic chemicals, stress or your diet.  I have frequently been able to regulate women's cycles just by changing their diet or lifestyle.  It takes a bit of adjusting but no major expense and certainly no technical intervention. Arrange a consultation in person or by telephone.


 It is very likely that your diet, lifestyle and personal stresses are contributing to your problems. 

 It is very likely that you can be helped without the use of drugs and invasive treatments.





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