menstrual charting image - taking basal body temperature every day at the same time - this is what the menstrual cycle should look like. This is in farenheit but celsius - temperatures should be between 36 - 36.4 degrees for about first fourteen days, and climb up to and maintain around 36.6 - 37 degrees for the next fourteen days.
Many couples are told they have 'unexplained infertility'. I feel that Naturopaths have a lot to offer in this field as we can certainly explain why you might not be getting pregnant when others can't. This week in my blog I thought I would bring to your attention basal temperature menstrual charting, a really simple and FREE way to see what your hormones are doing. Do you have excessive oestrogen levels? Is your basal temperature increasing due to increased progesterone levels as it's suppose to do? It's so simple every woman should be doing it, not just for fertility but for general health.
Here are the very simple steps to finding out more about what your hormones are doing:
1. Buy a thermometer, any one is fine
2. Print out a temperature chart like the one pictured above - best bet is to see your naturopath and get one off them.
3. Every morning, upon rising, put the thermometer in your mouth and keep it there for four minutes.
4. Record temperature on chart.
THAT'S IT. Well, that's a great start. You do this for three months and it becomes quite evident due to temperature changes whether you need help with your hormones. An example is: temperature should increase in the second half of your cycle due to progesterone production. If it doesn't increase or you don't withstand an increased production for a certain number of days then your uterine wall may not be properly primed for a fertilised egg to attach and mature. This can cause miscarriage, or even be called infertility.
This is just a small example of understanding fertility via basal body temperature charting. I suggest you see a recommended Naturopath and allow them to go through this process with you. It is also very important to note mucous production, bleeding, emotions and other signs and symptoms of an unbalanced cycle while charting too.
If your hormones are out of sync, your naturopath can help you by advice on basal temperature charting, with possible helpful dietary advice and with herbs such as Vitex agnes-castus (chasteberry tree) that I will be talking about in my blog next week.
Yours in health