Q. My period is irregular, can the App still determine my most fertile days?
The app works by averaging out the data you enter. In order to determine your most fertile days we recommend also tracking your basal body temperature and cervical fluid.
Q. I started tracking my BBT but I don’t know if I’m doing it right, please help.
Your chart starts on the first day of your period. This is the first day that you have red flow (not spotting). This is cycle day one. Take your temperature immediately upon waking up and ideally after 3 or more consecutive hours of sleep. Keep your BBT thermometer next to your bed. Moving, drinking water, smoking, etc. will impact your temperature so it is very important to take your temperature before doing anything else. On your Period View App, select the date, enter your temperature and click save. A blue dot will appear on your calendar indicating your temperature was recorded on that particular day. Click on your charts to view or email your data.
Q. My Dr. wants a copy of my BBT chart, how can I send her/him one?
You can email your doctor a copy of your BBT chart directly from your phone by going to the chart you wish to select and clicking the email button.
Q. I’m confused about what category my cervical fluid fits into, can you please give me more detail?
Your cervical fluid gets more watery, stretchy and clear as you near ovulation. When it is most stretchy and clear, you are most fertile. If you are trying to achieve pregnancy, you should have intercourse when this kind of fluid is present because it indicates that ovulation is approaching.
After the most fertile stage fluid usually becomes more opaque, thick and creamy.
Cervical fluid can dry up a day or two before, or the day of ovulation or even the day after ovulation, so it is unreliable to use it solely as a way to pinpoint ovulation, though it is a great indicator of fertility.
Q. If I have a fever should I still chart my BBT?
Yes, you should continue to chart your BBT. Use the notes section to indicate anything that may affect your temperature like an illness or medication.
Q. I’m breastfeeding, how does that affect my charting?
The combination of breastfeeding hormones and waking up multiple times in a night can cause erratic temperatures and confusing cervical fluid. If you have already had your first period post-partum you should be able to gather enough data to recognize a pattern and anticipate ovulation. If you have not gotten your first period post-partum it may be more difficult to anticipate ovulation. It is suggested to start charting when you see increased signs of ovulation such as watery, stretchy, clear cervical fluid. However, you may see this increase in fertile fluid a few times before you actually ovulate.
Q. What thermometer should I use to take my temperature?
A digital thermometer can be used to take your temperature. For suggestions, click here to check out our products page.
Q. I have been charting my BBT but I don’t know what a completed chart should look like, is there an example?
Take a look at our sample charts here. Keep in mind, there are many factors that affect the outcome of a chart and no 2 charts will look alike.
Q. I forgot to take my temperature, what should I do?
Take your temperature the next morning. If you miss a day or two your chart will be missing those particular track points and simply connect to the next temperature entry.
Q. What is an OPK?
OPK stands for ovulation predictor kit. These kits can be found at most pharmacies and on our products page. OPK’s work by measuring the presence of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) detected in your urine. A surge of LH is an indication that ovulation is expected to occur within 24 hours. An OPK is positive the day before you ovulate. Carefully read all instructions that come with your kit.