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How to take and record your BBT
It is important to use
an accurate thermometer. We recommend using a digital BBT thermometer. A
digital BBT thermometer gives a quick reading, beeps when it is
finished recording the temperature, and is easy to read. This can
make a difference when you are bleary-eyed first thing in the
morning. Your thermometer will likely store your reading for you, though we recommend to record it right away, either using the bedside notepad included in FertilityFriend.com's online app or using your Fertility Friend Mobile App on your smartphone.
It is best if you can establish a routine where you enter your data at the same time every day just to form the habit so you will not forget. Missing data, especially temperature data can skew the interpretation of your chart. Once a routine is established, taking and recording your temperature will probably start to feel as natural as brushing your teeth.
Some important guidelines to follow when taking your BBT
Your temperature data will be most reliable if you follow these guidelines. Not following these guidelines may make your chart difficult to read and may make detecting ovulation more difficult as well.
Please note that these are ideal guidelines. The realities of your life may make meeting these ideals difficult or impossible at times. Ovulation can usually be detected even under less than ideal condition. The closer you can get to the ideal, however, the more accurate and reliable your ovulation detection, analysis and interpretation will be.
The BBT data entry form on your Fertility Friend App offers large numerical buttons to make it easy to enter first thing in the morning. You can also set an alarm within the app in the settings menu.
The data entry field for Basal Body Temperature on FertilityFriend.com (desktop app):
For more details about data entry using FertilityFriend.com please [Click Here].
Once entered your temperature data will be displayed on your chart:
Factors that can influence your BBT
There are certain factors that can influence your basal body temperature. These should be noted on your chart. Fertility Friend's data entry page includes a series of checkboxes and a custom data from to make this easy. These factors, should they apply to you, will usually not make charting and chart analysis impossible, especially if they occur only rarely, though it may be more challenging. In most cases, even when these factors apply on an ongoing basis, they will not skew your data so much that reading the chart is impossible.
The following factors may influence your BBT and should be noted in your chart data:
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