Your Fertility and Triphasic Chart
Charting your BBT (basal body temperature) is one way that you can with some accuracy predict when you’re going to be ovulating. And when you know when you’re ovulating you can be sure to plan on having sexual intercourse during this important fertile time. There’s another chart that many women are paying attention to when they’re trying to conceive and this is known as their triphasic chart. But just what is a triphasic chart and will it also be able to let you know when ovulation is going to happen? And what does it mean if you have a triphasic pattern in your BBT chart?
The Basics of Your BBT Chart
Your BBT chart is going to show your ovulation cycle using a biphasic pattern. What this means is that there’s a steady and sustained rise in your body temperature at the time when you’re going to be ovulating. There is a clear difference between your BBT before ovulation and after you’ve ovulated.
The Basics of Your Triphasic Chart
When you have a triphasic BBT chart there is a third rise in your body temperature so that there are in fact three different levels. This includes pre-ovulation, post-ovulation, and then another rise in temperature about 7 to 10 days after you’ve ovulated. For some women it could mean that they’re pregnant while for others this won’t be the case. At the same time you might not have this type of triphasic pattern even if you are pregnant. The reason for this second rise is due to progesterone levels in your body. Progesterone is the hormone that is behind the rise in your body temperature after you’ve ovulated. These progesterone levels are usually at their topmost level when you’re in the luteal phase of your cycle. You can have this type of pattern whether you’re pregnant or not.
Triphasic Pattern and the Promise of Pregnancy
The reason that having a triphasic pattern is so promising of pregnancy is that when you’re pregnant your progesterone levels will generally be higher. This hormone increases after a fertilized egg has been implanted, about 7 to 10 days after ovulation. Unfortunately you can’t rely on a triphasic pattern when you’re taking you basal body temperature as a certainty that you’re pregnant. Many women who aren’t pregnant will have a triphasic chart. It’s important to understand that there are a number of different factors that can influence your BBT chart especially if it’s showing a triphasic pattern.
How Common is a Triphasic Chart?
To show you just how common having a triphasic is, a recent study looked at the BBT pregnancy charts of 150,000 women they found that 12 percent of them showed that there was a triphasic pattern indicating pregnancy. When they looked at the BBT charts of women who weren’t pregnant only about 5 percent showed a triphasic pattern. This means that there is three more times of you being pregnant when you have a triphasic chart than if you don’t have one.
Ways of Predicting Ovulation
Charting your basal body temperature isn’t the only way to predict when you’re going to be ovulating. Another good way to make this prediction is by tracking your cervical mucus. After you’ve ovulated your cervical mucus will be dry and almost non-existent. The closer you get to ovulation the creamier your mucus is going to become, almost like uncooked egg white. Another way to predict ovulation is by using an ovulation predictor kit (OPK). The OPK is used around the time that you think that you’re ovulating and will pinpoint your day of ovulation. One of the reasons that many women don’t use an OPK is that it can get quite expensive to use the longer you’re not yet pregnant. Combining BBT charting and tracking your cervical mucus is one way that you quite accurately determine ovulation without spending a lot of money. Just make sure that you know the basics of charting your BBT so that after a few months you’ll be able to see when ovulation should be taking place.
Basing Your Pregnancy Hope on a Triphasic Chart
You may be wondering if have a triphasic pattern in your BBT chart is all that useful. After all, you’ll know soon enough whether or not you’re pregnant. While it’s okay to be charting your BBT so that you can predict your ovulation cycle, it might not be a good thing for you to rely on it to tell you when you might be pregnant. This just might lead to obsessive behavior when you’re trying hard to conceive. Watching your BBT chart with such intent after you’ve ovulated for that second rise in temperature is only going to drive you crazy. When it comes to pregnancy there are two accurate ways to determine if you’re pregnant or not: a positive pregnancy test and missing your period after you’ve ovulated. Relying on these pregnancy indicators just might be better of you if you’re already worried and concerned about getting pregnant.