For much of last year I “charted” my cycles. Meaning I checked and then recorded everything. I did this to perfect our timing while trying to conceive and to better understand what was going on with my body.
Charting is useful for any woman who is:
- Trying to conceive
- Trying to avoid pregnancy without birth control
- Having issues with hormones (or any health issues really because hormones effect everything)
- Just curious about their reproductive health
I use the Kindara app to chart my cycles.
I’ve tried several apps and this one is the most detailed and useful one that I’ve found.
Here’s a list of everything you can track with Kindara
- Basal body temperature
- Cervical Fluid
- Outcome of Pregnancy tests and Ovulation tests
- Cervical Position, Density and Openness
- Customizable selections – this is where you can add anything you want to track. I added my supplements to help me remember when I took what. I also added a few symptoms to track so that I could see if there were any patterns arising.
- Journal – there’s a spot to write yourself notes on each day. I will make note of starting any new health regimens or anything I like to remember about that day related to my health and chart.
- There’s also a community of women using the app where can share your chart whenever you like. Everyone in the community can see your chart and comment and follow you and visa versa. It’s a great place to ask questions and find support.
TAKING YOUR BASAL BODY TEMPERATURE
Your basal body temp is the most useful tool you have to track your fertility, but there’s a lot of confusion about exactly how to get an accurate temp.
Some sources will tell you to take your temp at the exact same time everyday, but this is false.
(BBT) is the lowest body temperature attained during rest (usually during sleep). It is usually estimated by a temperature measurement immediately after awakening and before any physical activity has been undertaken. This will lead to a somewhat higher value than the true BBT (see Fig. 1). For more accurate results, it is determined by using internally worn temperature loggers
Here’s the breakdown of how to get the most accurate reading.
- Remind yourself, just before settling in for sleep, that you plan to check your temp the very second you are conscious enough to do so ( I will sleep with the thermometer either in my hand, in my pocket or under my thigh to help me remember- this also keeps the thermometer warm and will get your reading faster).
- Check the clock so you will have a guestimate on what time you fall asleep.
- The very second you wake up take your temp – I’m serious just being conscious and thinking will cause your temp to start rising SO DON’T WAIT – Taking by mouth is good, vaginally is better ( but might want to label the thermometer if you choose the later. lol).
- Once you get your temp you can move around and record it however you like (either in an app or on paper- apps more fun).
- Now you can look at the clock and give a guess at how many hours you just slept. If it’s less than 3 hours, you’ll have to scrap that temp. You need to have at least 3 hours of solid and still sleep to get your temp all the way down. So if you didn’t get 3+ go back to sleep and try again.
- Alcohol, sex, stress and restless tossing and turning can all cause your temp to be higher in the morning. Just take note of it so that when you look back at your chart you’ll know why you’ve had a spike.
So there it is! I hope this helps yall!