During the menstrual cycle, there are two important hormones which are vital for fertilization and pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone. During the first part of the menstrual cycle, estrogen is the more important hormone; because it helps the ovaries produce the egg needed to make a baby. During the second half of the cycle, progesterone takes over and will dominate until levels drop in anticipation of the menstrual period. Estrogen is a cool hormone and progesterone is a warm one, the body temperature is lower during the first half of the menstrual cycle and warmer during the second half to indicate ovulation. Charting luteal phase temperature or the basal body temperature can be a very effective way of a woman knowing when her body is going through a fertile phase.
Charting the body temperature is not difficult and little monetary investment is required, though it is time consuming it can be the easiest way for a woman to know when it is an ideal time to conceive. The only thing a woman needs to get going is a thermometer. Another material needed for basal body temperature charting is a graph to keep track of temperatures, times of the day and month. With a few simple steps, you can be on your way to conceiving the baby of your dreams. The type of chart a woman uses will depend on personal preference, all that matters is watching for the all important temperature spike that lets you know you are ovulating. Luteal phase temperature is one of the easiest and most accurate ways of self-determining the best time of the month to try to get pregnant. Through careful tracking and being mindful of body changes, a woman can take an active role in her fertility and soon conceive and welcome a baby of her own at some point in the future.