I hope you have enjoyed tracking your fertility so far. Once you get into the routine of checking your temperature and cervix each morning, it becomes really easy to do it and get on with your day.
If you have only just started tracking your fertility, I would recommend getting at least one month’s worth of data before starting to drill down into what it might mean.
Deciding what all this information says about your body can be a little overwhelming to start with so the first thing to remember is that your body is unique and the most important part of this exercise is to get a baseline, which you can then use to track how your cycle and hormones change over time.
This guide will give you a basic idea of what might be going on for you. If you would like more in-depth info or you’re worried about any aspect of your charting, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss what’s going on for you.
This is the easiest aspect to track but also the one that might take a little bit of time to notice the subtle differences. Every women’s cervix is slightly different so you want to begin to notice what feels low or high for you and what feels soft or firm for you.
High and soft – This is when you are at your most fertile. Your cervix is preparing to allow sperm through to the uterus to wait for the egg to be released. In a 28 day cycle, this should be around days 9-15.
Low and firm – The cervix is closed and not currently in its’ fertile window.
Somewhere in between – Your body is either preparing to start or finish your fertile window.
Don’t be discouraged if it takes a little while to get used to how your cervix feels. Get into the habit of feeling it regularly and you will soon get the hang of it.
See if you can notice a pattern over the course of each month. Work out which days your cervix is high and which days your cervix is low.
What if my cervix doesn’t change? Rising levels of oestrogen cause the cervix to change in position and texture. If you are certain that your cervix does not change at all during your cycle, it may be worthwhile checking your levels of oestrogen throughout your cycle.
Beautiful cervical mucous come in all manner of lovely shapes, sizes and colours and can tell you all sorts of things about your cycle.
Ideally as you enter your fertile window, you will begin to notice a sticky mucous that will become more slippery and clear until it reaches an egg-white consistency. You should be able to stretch it between your fingers and it should be quite opaque in colour. This is the ideal medium for sperm to enter the uterus and find an egg to fertilise.
Post ovulation, you should notice the mucous becomes sticky again and then dries up before your next period.
What if not producing the right mucous? There are a few sperm friendly lubricants you can try that may help encourage the sperm to get to the right place. Normal lubricants can harm sperm so make sure find a good quality one. Try YES baby, Preseed or Conceiveplus.
I can’t find my mucous. Some women notice mucous on their underwear or on toilet tissue when they wipe but this may not be the case for you. If you don’t notice your mucous, try to pay careful attention when you remove your fingers after checking your cervix. Your cervix secretes the mucous so this is where is will be at it’s easiest to spot.
I only have a little bit of mucous. If you think you don’t have much mucous then try drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated is very important for mucous production.
Taking your temperature each morning over the month will give you a very wiggly line that can be roughly split into two sections. “Normal” charts look like this, where there is a low phase starting at day 1 (first day of your period) followed by a rise around day 14 (just after ovulation), before it drops again just before your period.
Compare your chart with this one. How does it look? The main benefit of charting is to confirm that you have ovulated. Ovulation occurs the day before the rise in temperature (day 15 in this chart) and gives you an idea of when you ovulate for future months so that you can plan for your fertile days.
Here are some common differences you might see in your chart.
My temperature looks very low
If your temperature is below 36°C consistently then you body might need warming up. If your abdomen feels cold to the touch, try using a hot water bottle to warm up your tummy, especially through the second half of your cycle. You can also add warming foods and spices to your diet. Try adding ginger and cinnamon.
I don’t have a temperature rise during my cycle
If this happens with every cycle it may mean that you aren’t ovulating. Ensure you are having a diet filled with good quality vitamins, fats and proteins to ensure your body can produce the right hormones.
My rise is later in my cycle
This means that you are ovulating later than you may have thought. This is great information to have as it means you know when your fertile window is and can plan your baby making session accordingly.
Notice any other changes? Please feel free to email me at email@example.com and we can look at what your chart may be telling you!