This article was posted on WebMD at the following location:
BUT..... Here are a few points from that article that are good points to keep in mind....
A few things involved for fertility charting are:
- Taking your basal body temperature,
- Examinging your cervical mucas,
- Noting when your menstrual period began and
- Noting when you had sexual intercourse.
Tips for taking and understanding your BBT:
- Begin taking your temperature on the first day of your period.
- Take it about the same time everyday, preferably before you get out of bed in the morning.
- Don't do anything-- eat, drink, smoke, or even move around before you take your temperature.
- You can take your temperature however you want- orally, rectally, or vaginally- but make sure you use the same technique each time.
- Write down your temperature every day on your fertility chart; you can make a graph with each day of your cycle on the bottom and temperature on the left, connecting the dots as you go.
- Keep in mind that you will probably get some occasional freak readings - either high or low temperatures - that don't fit into the larger pattern. If they don't happen often, don't worry about them.
Days 6-9: Vagina is dry with little to no mucus
Days 10-12: Sticky, thick mucus appears, gradually becoming less thick and more white
Days 13-15: Mucus becomes thin, slippery, strechy, and clear, similar to the consistency of egg white whites. This is the most fertile stage.
Days 16-21: Mucus becomes sticky and thick again
Days 22-28: Vagina becomes dry
Keep in mind that your body cycle will probably differ from this pattern.