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Tracking Your Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
Keeping track of your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is a way to document whether you have ovulated. A specific hormonal change during your cycle triggers a rise in basal body temperature. By taking your temperature every day you can chart the rise of your temperature and the day you ovulate. The BBT chart will not predict when you are going to ovulate, but can serve as a record of your patterns. This will be helpful information for your physician. Ovulation predictor kits are designed to help you predict the time you will ovulate.
Using Ovulation Predictor Kits
Urine test kits to monitor lutenizing hormone (LH) are called ovulation predictor kits. They are designed to help you predict the time you will ovulate so that you can maximize your chances of getting pregnant. Most kits typically require you to perform a simple urine test. When you urinate on a special stick from this kit, it will document the surge of LH released by the pituitary just before ovulation, usually 24-38 hours before the egg is released. Most kits offer clear instructions for use and a toll-free number to call if you have questions.