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How to use Basal Body Temperature and cervical mucus to predict ovulation

Charting your basal body temperature and cervical mucus can help you look back on your cycle and see when ovulation happened (typically it’s two or three days before a sustained rise in temperature and right on or after the last day of egg-white cervical mucus).

Once you do this for a few months in a row, you may be able to discern a pattern that will help you predict ovulation in the next cycle. Some women will have an easy time finding a pattern and others won’t. If, after charting for a few months, you see that you regularly ovulate on a certain cycle day (for example, the 15th day after your period starts), you’re in luck. This is an easy pattern to recognize, and you can be pretty confident that you’ll ovulate on day 15 of your next cycle, too.

If you’ve been charting for a few months and you find that you ovulate on a different cycle day each month (for example, cycle day 14, then 17, then 12), things aren’t as straightforward. Your best bet is to see whether your charts reveal any predictable pattern in your body’s ovulation signals.

For example, you may see that when you’re about to ovulate, you’re usually on your second or third day of egg-white cervical mucus and your temperature takes a little dip before rising the next day. This combination of signs can help you predict when you’re about to ovulate during your next cycle, so you can time sex or insemination accordingly. (If you keep taking your temperature each day that cycle, you can find out whether you were right – your BBT should go up two or three days after ovulation.)

 

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