Demystify the signs of fertility: BBT, OPK, EWCM, DPO – what does it all mean?
The first time you visit an online fertility forum, the jargon is bewildering. BBT, coverline, thermal shift, CM, DPO, AF, EWCM, OPK—there are so many foreign terms and acronyms when it comes to trying to conceive, it’s like visiting a country where you don’t speak the language.
The truth is, you probably still don’t have a clear understanding of what all these terms really mean. And, more importantly, how all of it works together to help you get pregnant.
And it can be more than just the terms that feel overwhelming—it’s the entire experience. You need an interpreter. You need a guide who's been to this country before.
How those acronyms fit together to make a pregnancy
In the New Year I started tracking my basal body temperature (BBT) every morning. For years I’ve been aware of my cervical mucus (CM), but I haven’t consistently tracked how my temperature changes from the days before ovulation (DBO) to the days post ovulation (DPO). This is important information, because when you experience a thermal shift—meaning your basal body temperature rises above the baseline—your body has officially ovulated.
But if you’re trying to make a baby, you know that your highest chance of conceiving is before your temperature rises. It’s very rare to conceive after you’ve already ovulated, because the egg has a lifespan of only 12-24 hours after it’s released from the fallopian tubes.
The other important factor is timing intercourse on the days you have fertile cervical mucus. Because the pH balance of your vagina needs to be alkaline for sperm survival, if you don’t have watery or egg white cervical mucus (EWCM), it’s likely that your vagina is killing off sperm before it can go past the cervix and fertilize the egg.
As you can see, all these parts of the reproductive system need to work together harmoniously—a symphony with every instrument hitting its note—in order for conception to take place.
And if one of these parts is out of balance, the whole system falls apart.
That’s why I’ve asked one of my closest friends and colleagues, Amy Sedgwick, to bring you a free training that will demystify the signs of fertility. Amy is a leading expert in the Justisse Method of Fertility Awareness Management. Her business, Red Tent Sisters, has been featured in every major Canadian news outlet, including The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star and Maclean's, and she has helped women get pregnant naturally even after failed attempts at IVF.
5 Things Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You About Your Fertility (Because They Don't Know Themselves) – Free Training!
On Friday, April 10th at 3pm EST (12pm PST & 8pm GMT), Amy and I will combine our fertility passion and expertise to bring you ‘5 Things Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You About Your Fertility (Because They Don't Know Themselves)'
During our FREE webinar you will discover:
• How to tell whether the Ph Balance in your vagina is supportive of sperm survival or killing them off
• Why OPK's (ovulation predictor kits) may be causing you to miss your fertile window
• Why and how ovulation gets postponed and how to tell when it’s happening (fyi: it’s stress related)
• How to tell the difference between fertile cervical mucus and vaginal discharge caused by infections
• What cervical mucus can tell you about your diet and how it's impacting your fertility
• Plus you'll learn how Amy's clients have conceived naturally, even when IVF hasn't worked!
To learn more about what we'll be sharing and to reserve your spot on this content-rich, FREE TRAINING, please click here