Nanou SANCTOBIN Acupunctuur-kruiden-tuina Registred Member BAF 1.06.003.1 Notes on the basal temperature curve How to take your temperature: 1. Use a good digital thermometer that is not older than 2 years. 2. In the morning, take your temperature before getting up, preferably rectally and always at the same time (preferably about 7 o'clock in the morning). Record the temperature with a black dot in the appropriate box of your worksheet. If the temperature is taken at another time, make a note of the time in the "details / symptoms" box. 3. If your sleep was not good or you have a headache, cold or other illness, put a cross instead of a dot in the box and make note of your symptoms in the "particulars" box (i.e. 'flu') 4. Note your period with a cross on the bottom line. Include any spotting days (days with a little brownish blood loss) with an "S" on the same line. 5. Cycle day 1 is the first day of menstrual bleeding. If your period is slow to start and takes more than 18 hours to become normal, then count the next day as the first cycle day. Cervical mucus: The cervical mucus is a good indicator to recognize the period of fertility. Each day, note on your chart a description of the cervical mucus. There are two ways to detect cervical mucus: Visually: insert your finger into the vagina to take the mucus directly from the cervix or look for signs of mucus on the toilet paper Tactically: a feeling of moisture or dryness of the vagina There are different types of mucus and each indicates a different stage of the cycle: Dry: if there is a dry feeling in the vagina, the mucus is thick → little or no fertility Moist, white, sticky, cloudy mucus: → evolving from not fertile to fertile Abundant wet mucus → very fertile Keep in mind that the most advantageous time to have sex is 3 to 5 days before ovulation, once you identify fertile mucus.