Healthy Menstrual Cycle Tip #2: Your Basal Body Temperature

Another step towards Menstrual Health, is tracking your Basal Body Temperature (BBT). This entails taking your temperature first thing each morning (as soon as you wake up) and keeping track of your temperature on a chart.

Charting your BBT can provide useful information as to when you are most fertile, which is especially important if you are trying to conceive or trying not to conceive. You will also be more in tune with when your menstrual period should begin, whether you are ovulating, if you have successfully conceived or if there is a possibility of a hormonal imbalance. Taking your waking body temperature is the first step to charting. Read more about it here.

As a practitioner, I find it very helpful to see my patients’ BBT charts. Your temperature can indicate potential imbalances in your cycle, which Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may be able to treat very effectively. For example, temperatures that are too high in the pre-ovulatory (follicular) phase, indicate excess heat, just as temperatures that are too low during the post-ovulatory (luteal) phase indicate deficiency.

A great resource for further reading is Toni Weschler’s book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which goes in depth into charting for natural pregnancy achievement or pregnancy avoidance as well as basic gynecological health.

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