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MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2005 Sep-Oct;30(5):290-6; quiz 297-8.

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

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Center for Fertility Education, School of Nursing, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA.


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basal body temperature (BBT), a time-honored way to establish the presence of ovulatory cycles, and asks if BBT is an outdated recommendation.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.

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