Charting instructions - Fertility UK

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Charting instructions - Fertility UK

    Instructions for use of the fertility chart

     Temperature Cervix

    Glass/mercury thermometer The infertile cervix is represented by:

    Shake the mercury down below 35 degrees C. the night before. 1 ; a solid black circle showing it to be firm and closed Take the temperature immediately on waking, before getting out of bed or doing 2 ; the circle is placed low down, showing it lower in the vagina. anything. If the recording time varies by more than 1 hour, note this on the chart. ; a slanted line drawn below shows the tilt. / Either (a) place the bulb of the thermometer under the tongue in contact with the floor of The fertile cervix is represented by: 3

    the mouth, close the lips and leave for five minutes, (b) insert the thermometer into the ; an open circle showing softening vagina for three minutes, (c) smear a trace of lubricating jelly on the bulb and insert into ; an inner circle showing that the cervix is more open. o the rectum for three minutes. ; the circle is placed higher, showing it higher in the vagina. Any change in temperature-taking route should be made at the beginning of the cycle. ; A vertical line below shows the cervix straight in position. I Remove the thermometer, read it and mark it with a dot in the centre of the appropriate 4 Cyclical symptoms - indicate cyclical symptoms e.g. ‘mid-cycle’ square, not on the line. Join the dots to form a continuous graph. pain, breast symptoms, mood changes etc. by appropriate day. If the mercury stops between two marks use the lower reading. 5 Fertility monitoring devices (optional) Clean the thermometer with a little cotton wool and cold water. Indicate test days, results & symbols correlate with fertility 6


    Digital thermometer Follow manufacturers instructions Sexual Intercourse

    Indicate intercourse by placing a circle around the appropriate day.

     Cycle length Comments:

    The first day of menstruation is Day 1 of the cycle. Start a new chart on that day. Late nights, alcohol, illness, drugs, travel or stressful times should be

    If menstruation starts during the day, transfer that morning’s temperature to a new chart. noted on the appropriate dates and in the comments box. Record cycle length for estimate of shortest cycle.

     Cervical secretions

    Secretions should be observed throughout the day and the chart marked each evening. For further help contact: 1

    Secretions are observed by the sensation (feel), colour (look) and the finger-test (touch). 2

    Describe the secretions - using shading in the appropriate box: 3

     or: 4 ; Mark each day of menstruation, including blood spotting.

     Local contact: 5 ; Mark each day when no secretions are seen or felt (dry).

     6 ; Mark each day of moist, white / cloudy sticky secretions.

     7 ; Mark each day of wet, slippery, transparent, stretchy secretions.

    Mark peak day by extending the shaded area in the column vertically upwards to 8

    correlate with the temperature readings

    Note: Peak day is the last day marked in the top box (last day of highly fertile

    …………………………………………………………………………………secretions). Peak day can only be recognised in retrospect (the day after peak) when the

    . secretions have changed back to show less fertile characteristics (marked in a lower


    ? Cecilia Pyper & Jane Knight, FertilityUK 2003

Instructions for use of the fertility chart

? Cecilia Pyper & Jane Knight, FertilityUK 2003

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