Basal body temperature assessment: is it useful to couples seeking pregnancy?

MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. Sep-Oct 2005;30(5):290-6; quiz 297-8. doi: 10.1097/00005721-200509000-00004.

Abstract

Advanced practice nurses in primary care settings are often asked to give appropriate advice to couples seeking pregnancy. This article examines the issue of basal body temperature (BBT), a time-honored way to establish the presence of ovulatory cycles, and asks if BBT is an outdated recommendation. The article also reviews the benefits and limitations of recommending BBT to couples seeking pregnancy in light of recent fecundity research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Temperature*
  • Documentation
  • Female
  • Fertile Period / physiology
  • Humans
  • Luteinizing Hormone / urine
  • Natural Family Planning Methods / methods*
  • Natural Family Planning Methods / nursing
  • Nurse Clinicians / organization & administration
  • Nurse's Role
  • Ovary / diagnostic imaging
  • Ovary / physiology
  • Ovulation / physiology
  • Ovulation / urine
  • Ovulation Detection / instrumentation
  • Ovulation Detection / methods*
  • Ovulation Detection / nursing
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patient Selection
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sex Education
  • Ultrasonography

Substances

  • Luteinizing Hormone