Should I monitor whether or not I am ovulating each month pregnancy?

Should I monitor whether or not I am ovulating each month pregnancy?

As a rise in temperature each month shows that you have ovulated (see opposite page), you could try monitoring this for one month to check. However, although once is fine, at my clinic we dissuade women from taking their temperature month after month as a means of monitoring ovulation as it can make them very obsessive. I sometimes see women worrying over a year’s worth of charts. Temperatures vary enormously with lots of factors, including lack of sleep, flu, or alcohol intake.

Using an ovulation kit (see opposite page) is a good way of learning to recognize when you ovulate, but this should only be done in combination with an understanding of your cervical secretions which vary throughout the menstrual cycle and are a guide to your fertile time (40). The only wholly reliable way to check that ovulation is taking place is by having a blood test to check progesterone or an ultrasound scan, which your doctor would need to arrange.

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