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1 THE HOW’S AND WHY’S OF BBT MEASUREMENTS AND OTHER OBSERVATIONS Recording the lowest body temperature each morning, and watching the secretions of the cervix and noting the changes in position in the cervix and then charting these observations will, over time, build an individual profile 38 CHARTING THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE which is as informative as it is interesting. In addition, changes in breast symptoms, abdomen symptoms, bleeding patterns and general symptoms paint a picture that provides an accurate insight into the inner workings of those hormonal tides which ebb and flow each month.

Using the predictor kit in conjunction with the BBT is a useful strategy, especially if the fertile mucus signs are not pronounced. It gives a reliable guide to the most fertile days of the cycle and the best days to be having sex. 41 TREATMENT OF INFERTILITY WITH CHINESE MEDICINE The chart Many different variations of the BBT chart have been developed over the years, initially by those using BBT as a contraceptive tool. Basically, all charts record the basal body temperature and compare the values over the entire menstrual cycle.

When the follicular phase is too low The follicular phase of the cycle is naturally the lower phase of the biphasic graph; however, in some cases, the temperature readings are consistently extremely low (Fig. 10). 0°C, this is an indication of a very low metabolic rate and low thyroid activity may be suspected. Accompanying symptoms which may be reported could be lethargy, weight gain and sensitivity to cold. Low thyroid activity is thought to affect fertility. In the most severe cases hypothyroidism can contribute to ovarian failure (this usually involves an autoimmune condition).

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