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Keep your thermometer on a bedside table so you can take your temperature even before you get out of bed in the morning. Also, try to take your temperature at the same time every day. Staying within a half hour of your average time is best because your temperature can vary with time. Plot your readings on a chart each day for a few months and look for a pattern. Getting used to the routine may take some time, but once you've got it down, you'll practically be an expert in your own cycle!

How can my basal body temperature be relied upon if I sometimes get a fever?

While there are factors that can increase your temperature, such as having a fever, drinking alcohol, or getting less than three consecutive hours of sleep, they do not significantly diminish your ability to use your basal body temperature to predict ovulation. Patterns of low and high temperatures should be your focus rather than individual daily readings.

How do I check my cervical position?

Checking your cervical position takes some practice. First, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water. It's a good idea to clip your fingernails, too; you don't want to damage any fragile tissue or introduce any germs. A good time to check your cervical position is after a bath or shower. Sitting on the toilet or standing with one leg on the bathtub, gently insert one or two fingers into your vagina and move them up until you reach your cervix. It should feel something like a rounded cylinder. Like your basal body temperature, your cervix has a monthly pattern. It generally starts out firm, low and closed. During ovulation, it gets softer, shifts upward and feels more open. It only stays this way for a day or two around ovulation and the difference is slight. If you are unsure what is high and what is low, your cervix will be almost unreachable with your finger at its highest point, right around ovulation.

What are my chances of conceiving in any given cycle?

In perfect conditions (a fertile couple whose timing is exactly right), the average expectation for pregnancy to occur is only 25 percent per cycle.

Do I always ovulate on day 14 of my cycle?

Every woman is different, so days of ovulation can vary. However, the time between ovulation and menstruation is almost always between 12 and 16 days. If there is variation in the cycle, it will generally be during the time between when your period ends and ovulation begins.

What is the natal lunar fertile phase?

Sometimes a woman will get pregnant even when the most accurate ovulation chart tells her she is not fertile. Traditionally, doctors felt that these instances were due to a mistake made by the woman. But, according to Czech psychiatrist Dr. Eugene Jonas, ovulation can be triggered by a specific phase of the moon. This phenomena is called the natal lunar fertile phase.

After years of research during the 1950s, Dr. Jonas concluded that "the lunar phase at which a woman is fertile depends on the relationship between the sun and the moon at the moment she is born." In other words, when you were born, the moon was at a particular lunar phase. Every month when the moon returns to this position, it can trigger your body to spontaneously ovulate even if it is outside your normal fertile time. This may not happen every month, but there is a chance.

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