Why do you need to measure the basal temperature
Basal refers to a temperature thattestifies to the hormonal changes taking place in the female body. It is measured most often in the rectum. Measurement of basal temperature (as a method of investigation) was tested for the first time in 1953. Today, this is one of the diagnostic tests by which it is possible to detect the absence or presence of hormone homeostasis in the female body. Sometimes this method can serve even as a biological contraceptive, if the use of other methods is undesirable or impossible.
Baseline temperature measurement rules
This procedure is carried out through immersionthe tip of the thermometer into the rectum every morning. Doing this is necessary, not getting out of bed, making as few movements as possible. Therefore, it will be much more convenient if the thermometer lies next to the bed. For 10 minutes measurements are taken. Doing this is desirable at the same time. It is established that in the morning hours the temperature is not influenced by environmental factors. That is why it was called basal. It can be measured both in the mouth and in the vagina, but it is preferable to do this through the rectum.
Measurement of basal temperature may show different results if
The results are recorded in a specialtable, and the results are plotted. So, before ovulation, for example, measuring the basal temperature shows its decrease, and then a sharp increase, which persists until the end of the cycle.
Why should such measurements be carried out?
The menstrual cycle consists of the follicular, ovulatory and luteal phases. Depending on what stage of the cycle a woman has at the moment, the hormonal level responds to it with her change,
Measurement of basal temperature together with its determination in the cervical canal can help to achieve the effect of contraception, and also indicate the absence of ovulation and establish the cause of infertility.
Basal temperature and pregnancy
When a woman regularly does thisstudy, then measuring the basal temperature during pregnancy can also help in the diagnostic plan. First, if the high temperatures last more than three days, if the phase of the yellow body is not less than 18 days, then these signs may indicate that a new life has arisen in the body. Ideally, it is recommended to carry out such measurements up to the fourth month of pregnancy. The fact is that a sharp drop in temperature indicates a change in the hormones, and this, in turn, may indicate a threat of miscarriage. Therefore, if the basal temperature drops below 37 degrees while waiting for the baby, it's worth to see a doctor immediately.