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Patient education · CLINICAL PRACTICE

Basal body temperature chart

Robert I McLachlan, Anusch Yazdani, Gab Kovacs, Donna Howlett.

Instructions

temperature should be taken for · The first morning of menstrual 3 minutes. Do this every morning, bleeding (not spotting) is the start of even during menstruation each cycle. Indicate menstruation with an X on the chart, starting on day 1 of · Record your temperature reading cycle. If spotting occurs mark this with on the chart by placing a dot at the a - (see sample chart) intersection of the appropriate temperature and date lines. Join · Insert date of month in space provided the dots with a straight line (see · Use any centigrade thermometer. sample chart) A digital thermometer may be easier · On the chart, mark the days you had to read intercourse by circling the · Each morning, before getting out of temperature dot (see sample chart) bed or eating/drinking, place your · It is important to start a new chart on thermometer under your tongue. If the day menstrual bleeding begins using a nondigital thermometer your

Additional information

· Your doctor may order a blood test for serum progesterone to confirm ovulation. This is best done 7 days after your temperature rises · Your temperature chart is an indirect predictor that cannot confirm the exact day of ovulation. It is useful after the event has occurred · Intercourse can take place at any time during the cycle, but at least every second day during the fertile phase. Over a number of cycles a pattern of your usual fertile time may become more apparent

Reprinted from Australian Family Physician Vol. 34, No. 3, March 2005

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Day of cycle

Date

Reprinted from Australian Family Physician Vol. 34, No. 3, March 2005

Menstruation: X Spotting:

Drugs: ______________________

Day of cycle

Date

Menstruation: X Spotting:

Drugs: ______________________

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