How you prepareBy Mayo Clinic staff
Tracking your basal body temperature doesn't require special preparation. However, if you want to use the basal body temperature method for birth control, consult your health care provider first if:
- You recently gave birth or stopped taking birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives
- You're breast-feeding
- You're approaching menopause
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