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What happens with rise in Basal Body Temperature - Increase Chances of Getting Pregnant

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Pregnancy chances increases with the increase in the basal body temperature. Basal Body Temperature (BBT) charts can be used with pregnancy tests for finding out required results. BBT chart pregnancy patterns form the base of determining positive pregnancy. Also, you need to learn, before using BBT.

Getting pregnant depends greatly on ovulation and fertile days. To ensure that everything leading to getting pregnant goes right, women turn to fertility calculators. As you likely already know, one of the biggest reasons to use the BBT chart is to help you figure out whether or not you’re pregnant. It also helps in determining when will your fertile days show up. This has a lot of advantages, like saving money on pregnancy tests and ovulation predictor kits, and knowing your true conception date - thus your baby’s true due date.

Fertile Days

Before we get into what kind of pregnancy patterns to look for, we want you to keep a couple things in mind:

1. While BBT charts can provide helpful hints, there are no 100% definitive signs that indicate or rule out pregnancy. You should always confirm with a pregnancy test or your lack of period.

2. BBT charts can have any kind of pattern prior to getting pregnant.

3. Remember, progesterone is typically present during your post-ovulation phase whether getting pregnant is on the plate or not, which can make looking for trends a little tricky since it’s also the hormone that’s present in large amounts during early pregnancy.

Now that you’re aware of those things, let’s get into the good stuff: BBT chart pregnancy patterns. 

The general rule is that your BBT must stay elevated for a good length of time, at least 15 to 18 days. It’s tough, but try to hold off on any excitement until you’ve reached that window because elevated temps for 14 days or less could just be due to your normal waiting period or luteal phase. During that period, it’s possible (unfortunately) that temps could dip back down at any time. We know - the wait is excruciatingly agonizing.

Once you’ve made it past the 14-day threshold, there are a couple of trends to keep an eye out for signs of pregnancy.

Getting Pregnant

a. Temperatures that are raised for at least 3 days beyond your longest luteal phase to date. For example: if the longest luteal phase you’ve ever recorded is 15 days and your temps are elevated for 18 days, there’s a fairly good chance that you’ve conceived.

b. If your temperatures show a sustained rise to a third level, or triphasic pattern (beyond what’s normally experienced in a typical cycle), it’s likely that you are pregnant. This usually occurs about 7 to 10 days after ovulation, but keep in mind that not all pregnant women will experience this pattern, and even for those who do, the change may be subtle.

The BBT chart can act as a fertility calculator as well, giving fertility calculators a run for their money. You can also track your ovulation day on Ela.

Proper planning before trying to conceive can actually speed up the process of conception. Also, follow these precautions to choose the right BBT thermometer which can measure even slightest changes in temperature precisely.

Dr. Surveen Ghumman

About The Author

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician Dr. Surveen Ghumman
Delhi

Dr. Surveen Ghumman is an infertility specialist and gynecologist specializing in IVF, Reproductive Endocrinology, Recurrent failures of implantation, Embryology, Fertility preservation and Surrogacy. Dr. Surveen has completed MBBS from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana in 1986 and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Government Medical College, Amritsar in 1991. She has also pursued certificate courses in ART and Clinical Embryology from Manipal University and fellowships in Minimal Access Surgeries. She has also pursued Micromanipulation in ART in the year 2011. Dr. Surveen is practicing at The Fertility Clinic IVF Solutions and Max Super Specialty Hospital. For more information, visit elawoman.com

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Shuchita Giri

BBT charting is not as reliable as such. Because it is very difficult to plot.

Oct. 3, 2018, 9:01 p.m. 4.5

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Simran Raj

Sometimes it's difficult to track the BBT results so, try plotting the results on graph paper. When you see the graph heading upwards, you can analyze that your ovulation is near.

Sept. 13, 2018, 3:45 p.m. 4.5

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Sangida Sekh

I have been using cervical mucus to track my fertile days, but after reading this article BBT chart looks like a much more easier method. I think I will switch.

Sept. 12, 2017, 4:42 p.m. 5.0

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Morales Valdez

My BBT is quite high from certain days. Hopefully using BBT chart has helped me in getting pregnant.

Aug. 23, 2017, 4:45 p.m. 4.5

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Kate Doucet

I tracked my ovulation through fertility calculator and I tried making love on my most fertile days. It's a good trick for getting pregnant.

Aug. 23, 2017, 4:41 p.m. 5.0

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Abhishek Sharma

While using BBT chart, make sure that your body is at complete rest. Otherwise your temperature will not be useful in tracking fertile days.

Aug. 23, 2017, 4:17 p.m. 5.0

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Chaitanya Gupta

I think of using a BBT chart as I want to conceive. Can I thoroughly rely on its result?

May 28, 2017, 2:40 p.m. 4.5

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