Dr. Obosa Osawe explains how to track your temperature to determine when you are most fertile each cycle.
Having sex around the time of ovulation increases your chance of getting pregnant. But how can you know you're ovulating? By charting the rise in your basal body temperature. I'm Dr. Obosa Osawe. Here are few things you need to know. Your basal body temperature is simply a temperature at rest. Keep a thermometer by your bedside and take your temperature every morning at the same time before you get up. You don't have to buy a special thermometer. Any thermometer will do but you do have to use the same thermometer each day. Pop the thermometer under your tongue for five minutes and record your reading within 1/10 of a degree. Before ovulation most women will clock in between 96 and 98 degrees. After ovulation however, most women will sit between 97 and 99 degrees. Record your results on a chart which your doctor will provide. Over time you will detect a surge in your temperature, that's when you're ovulating. This usually happens around two weeks from the first day of your last period. By noting when you're usually fertile you can plan ahead and cozy up with your partner the day before, the day of and the day after ovulation.