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BBT Patterns That Indicate Fertility Issues

BBT Patterns That Indicate Fertility Issues

In my 15+ years of practice, I’ve seen tens of thousands of BBT charts. I quickly started recognizing distinct relationships between the waves of a woman’s BBT chart and her ovulation patterns, quality and quantity of cervical discharge, estrogen and progesterone levels, FSH, egg quality, and likelihood to present with PMS. In fact, with one look at a BBT chart, I can usually pinpoint the major reasons a woman is struggling to get pregnant. 

While many women keep BBT charts as a way to predict ovulation, there's actually SOOOOOO much more a BBT chart can tell you — and when ovulation is occurring is usually the least important. 

Here are are a few things I immediately look for as warning signs of fertility issues...

How You Can Pinpoint Fertility Issues With Your BBT Chart

Tracking your basal body temperature (BBT) can be great for predicting ovulation so you and your partner will know the best time to get it on, but that's not the only trick your BBT can do. Basal body temperature charts (BBTs) can also help you identify possible fertility issues. 

While it’s ideal to see an obvious biphasic BBT chart — that's a chart with low temperatures the first half of the cycle and high temperatures the second half — many women experience all kinds of variations. And those variations can give us clues into what may be going on with your fertility.

Learn what your BBT can tell you about your fertility...

What Only Getting Your Period For One Day Means For Your Fertility

Many women love the idea of having their period for only a day or two, thinking it makes life much easier. While a short period may be good news for your pad and tampon budget, it’s not great for your fertility.

How short is too short when it comes to your period? An ideal cycle is characterized by four days of bleeding during which you’re soaking a tampon or pad every four hours with no clotting or cramping.

Learn why...

Three Reasons a Shorter Menstrual Cycle Negatively Impacts Fertility

Most women experience a cycle that is 21 to 35 days in length. Perfectly normal, right?


Although we may think straying outside of a 28 day cycle length is perfectly fine for fertility, these variations can actually be problematic for healthy conception — and in some cases can decrease your chances of conceiving by up to 50%. 

4 Things Your Period Can Tell You About Your Fertility

If you've ever compared notes with a girlfriend, you've likely found that your periods are as different as your wardrobes. Clotting, cramping, heavy bleeding, light bleeding…women’s menstrual cycles run the gamut of experience.   

All those differences are no big deal and are completely normal, right? Wrong. Paying attention to what happens during that time of the month can actually tell you a lot about the quality of the uterine lining itself and therefore, your fertility. Let’s take a look.