What is bleeding? Heavy is heavy or normal flow. Light indicates partial or lighter flow. Spotting is very light flow or small amounts.  

 

How and why do I need to take my temperature?    

The basal body temperature is the temperature of the human body at rest or upon awakening, unaffected by food, drink or activity. A woman’s basal body temperature rises slightly after ovulation in response to progesterone, so recording the basal body temperature throughout the menstrual cycle provides important information.   

 

Take your temperature at the same time every day (or at least within one-half hour of your waking time). Make a note on your chart if you take your temperature earlier or later than this acceptable interval. Note: Getting up briefly during the night (i.e., to care for an infant) will not affect your normal waking temperature, as long as you get a minimum of six hours of sleep in total and have rested again for at least one hour before taking your temperature.   

 

With a digital thermometer, you can take your temperature in a minute. To maintain accuracy, it is a good idea to stay in bed while you take it. Some models beep differently when taking the temperature than when the reading is complete. Check your model’s directions for details. 

 

Should I record to the hundredths?  Is it more accurate? 

STM rule is based on research done with the basal body temperature taken to the tenths place. Even though a thermometer may give a temperature to the hundredths place, that may make it more precise but not necessarily more accurate. Check your thermometer for its certified accuracy. It may be certified accurate to the tenths place but will read to the hundredths.  

 

When should I check ignore temperature?   

 You should take your basal body temperature at the same time each day (or at least within one-half hour of your waking time).  When you do not take your temperature within this time frame, you cannot be assured that it accurately reflects your basal body temperature on that particular day. Additionally, there are other situations, such as sickness, lack of sleep, travel, or other types of stress that could cause a higher or lower reading than would normally be expected on a given day of a cycle. On other occasions, the temperature may be taken at the specified time, but when recorded on the chart, it appears to be out of the range of the surrounding temperatures. When a temperature is clearly out of the range of the surrounding temperatures, it is an abnormal temperature.   

 

How do I check and record cervix signs? 

Although the cervix observation is optional, it can be a helpful sign that:  provides a woman with a more complete picture of her fertility,  can reduce the number of days of abstinence, and can help during times of transition, such as postpartum (after eight weeks)  or premenopause.   

Please go to ccli.org to take a class or fertilityscienceinstitute.com to find a coach who can teach you how to check and record your cervix. 

 

When should I use Postpartum charting when starting a new cycle? 

 You should choose that a new cycle is postpartum charting when you first start recording symptoms after a pregnancy.  

 

When should I use Perimenopause charting when starting a new cycle? 

 Only use the perimenopause charting when you are confirmed to be in this transition as defined by CCL’s Transitions Student Guide and/or Perimenopause class. If you are still not sure if you are in perimenopause, then ask a certified teacher or coach at FertilityScienceInstitute.org 

 

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