Pregnancy Diagnosis and BBT Temperature Curve

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The only  way to diagnose a pregnancy is with a positive pregnancy test. Everything else is pure speculation.

The BBT (Basal Body Temperature) curve is used to look retrospectively at the day you ovulated. Typically, the temperature rises within 1-2 days after ovulation and stays elevated until the menstrual period arrives. This is called a 'biphasic curve.'  A 'triphasic curve' is a curve where the temperature rises again, often within 7-10 days after ovulation. There is no scientific proof that a triphasic curve indicates reliably enough that there is implantation and that you are pregnant.

A reliable way to diagnose a pregnancy is when:

  • You miss your period and
  • The temperature is elevated for more than 14-15 days after ovulation.

Before those 15 days after ovulation it's close to impossible to know for sure whether you are pregnant or not.

If the BBT is elevated for more than 15+ days without a period, there is good probability that you are pregnant. And a positive pregnancy test at that time will usually confirm the pregnancy. Unfortunately, before those 14-15 days are over, there is just no consistent enough way to diagnose from the height of the temperature or from a triphasic curve whether you have become pregnant or not.