How to chart your ovulation – Part 7

Detecting Ovulation

By charting your fertility signs you can detect when you are most fertile, when ovulation may be occurring and when it has occurred. An increase in estrogen levels can infer ovulation is approaching and signs of this include the presence of thin, watery and stretchy cervical discharge.  Ovulation prediction kits (OPKs) and other fertility monitors (e.g. the clear blue fertility monitor – see my review here), can tell us that ovulation is about to take place. They do this by measuring the levels of Lutineizing hormone which increases dramatically 12-24 hours before ovulation.  By charting your BBT you can pinpoint the day of ovulation. Your body temperature will rise due to an increase in the hormone progesterone following ovulation.

Reading your chart.

A perfect chart will show all your fertile signs and OPK results line up with the predicted ovulation day on your chart. When your chart is perfectly lined up it is easy to interpret. For several days leading up to ovulation you should have recorded watery discharge or EWCM. The day before (and sometimes the day of) ovulation you should have a positive OPK if you use them. The day after ovulation you should see your temperature shift on your chart and following 3 days of higher temperatures your ovulation day can be confirmed – usually on phone apps this is indicated as a vertical line. Until you have 3 days of higher temperatures assume you are still fertile. Once ovulation has taken place your cervical mucus should change to the creamy, tacky infertile type.



Unfortunately, chart patterns are not always perfectly clear. If you are in any doubt that ovulation has taken place e.g. maybe your temperature has risen but your cervical mucus was creamy or your OPKS were negative, and you are trying to conceive then carry on having intercourse every other day until you are sure. If you need any help with your charts please feel free to email me a screen shot at and I will be happy to take a look for you.


Common issues you may come across:


Slow or Sloping Rise

Following ovulation your temperatures may be slow to increase giving a gentle curve rather than an abrupt shift. It is common for this to occur for several days after ovulation as progesterone levels start to rise following ovulation.


A Fallback Rise

This pattern is unusual but shows a distinct BBT rise after ovulation followed by a drop in BBT before the rise returns and is maintained. This can cause confusion on charts and make you question when ovulation has taken place. This is when your other fertile signs come into place to help you pinpoint when ovulation has taken place.


Zigzag Pattern

 This is when your BBT increases in a sort of zig zag pattern and is very common. BBt rises and drops each day but the overall pattern is an increase.


Steps pattern

 This pattern shows a rise which will remain steady for a day or two then another rise and so on until your peak BBT is reached. The chart ends up looking like it is increasing in steps.


Long Cycles

 This is a pattern that I am very familiar with having experienced very long cycles in the past. You may see several patches of fertile cervical mucus and several positive OPKs before you finally ovulate. You may even get the odd high temperature here and there which will make you question if ovulation has taken place. Ovulating late in your cycle can occur from time to time as a one off but if you are trying to conceive and it is a common occurrence it can become very frustrating and stressful. If you are concerned about long cycles then go and speak to your GP.


Erratic BBT

 Often erratic BBT can be down to the way you are taking your temperature. If you record your BBT orally and you are consistently getting erratic BBT recordings (up and down each day) then it may be useful to try temping vaginally. Remember to take care when inserting the thermometer and to wash it thoroughly after each use.


 Temperatures out of place

You may see the odd temperature here and there that does not fit in with your chart e.g. a high BBT during before ovulation or a low BBT after ovulation. As it is more the overall pattern that is important when charting and not the individual BBT that we are interested in you may disregard these temperatures.


High BBT during your period

It is normal to have BBT that are higher during your period as your lining is shed and progesterone levels decrease. Once your period is finished your BBT will drop to your normal pre ovulation temperatures.

Ovulation Dip

A sudden drop in BBT may occur the day before or day of ovulation which may be due to a rise in estrogen levels (which is a cooling hormone) before ovulation. This dip will be followed by a rise in BBT following ovulation.

Numerous patches of fertile cervical mucus

Often you may get several patches of fertile cervical discharge before you ovulate especially if your cycles are very long. Each patch of fertile mucus may indicate you are within your fertile window so if you are trying to conceive then have intercourse whenever you experience this until you get your thermal shift.

Several positive OPKs

Luteinizing Hormone (LH), is detected by OPKs and this hormone may rise several days before you are about to ovulate (although usually it peaks 12-24hrs before). This is why you should not solely rely on OPKs to indicate ovulation has occurred. Only a shift in BBT can confirm this. When you get a positive OPK assume you are about to ovulate and have intercourse until you see your BBT rise for 3 consecutive days. Woman with Endometriosis and other fertility issues may get false positive OPKs often. You may also get positive OPKs during an anovulatory cycle (a cycle when you do not ovulate). Some fertility treatments (drugs) may also affect the readings on OPKs giving false positives.


A lack of fertile cervical mucus during the fertile window.

If you do not get much fertile cervical mucus around the time of ovulation then it may affect your fertility. If this is a common occurrence then take a look at my sections on ‘How to increase your cervical mucus naturally’ and ‘sperm friendly lubricants’.


Fertile cervical mucus after ovulation.

Usually the fertile type of cervical mucus will be replaced by the creamy, tacky, non fertile type following ovulation. If you still see some fertile mucus during your luteal phase then it is nothing to be concerned about. As long as ovulation has been clearly confirmed on your chart you can be sure you are no longer fertile. If, however your chart is unclear you may not have ovulated yet and should treat yourself as still fertile.


Temperature shift may be ambiguous

If you have a chart that is unclear then you need to remember that the key thing is that you have intercourse at the correct time during your fertile window. If you are unsure when you have ovulated then take the last possible option on your chart to ensure you do not test too early.





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How to chart your ovulation – Part 6

How to chart your Basal Body Temperature – BBT.

Main things to remember:

  • Record your basal body temperature (BBT) at the same time each morning (or as close to the same time as possible).
  • Record your BBT immediately on waking before getting up out of bed.
  • Use a digital thermometer which records to 2 decimal places (ovulation thermometer). One like the picture below is perfect.
  • Enter the recorded temperature into your fertility app or on your paper fertility chart.


What is an Ovulation Thermometer?

An ovulation thermometer is one that records to decimal places. This is important as the change in body temperature before and after ovulation is very small and may not be detected with a thermometer that reads to just 1 decimal place. A good digital ovulation thermometer will give you a quick reading and will beep when it has finished. It may also have a memory function and store your last body temperature. You can buy your ovulation thermometer for less than £5 on Amazon.


A complete guide to charting your BBT.

  • Record your BBT first thing in the morning before getting out of bed. Any movement can start to increase your BBT and affect the results.
  • Record your BBT at the same time each day ideally around 6-7am. As 8am approaches your BBT will naturally start to increase as your body is warming itself ready for the day.
  • You will need to have had at least 3-4 hours of sleep for an accurate reading.
  • Keep your ovulation thermometer next to your bed so you can locate it quickly.
  • f you are taking oral temperatures then keep your mouth closed for 3 minutes before placing the thermometer in the mouth. This will ensure that mouth breathing or a cold bedroom will not affect the results. Place the thermometer under the tongue to the back of the mouth and wait for the beep.
  • If you are taking vaginal or anal temperatures then ensure that the thermometer is thoroughly cleaned after each use to ensure no bacteria is introduced.
  • Stick to the same method of recording your temperature throughout your cycle (oral, vaginal or anal).
  • Input your recorded temperature into your phone app or on your paper chart straight away to avoid forgetting and missing a temperature.
  • Record the time you have taken your temperature if it is different than the time you usually take it. Recording a temperature at different times may affect the clarity of your chart.

Note on your chart if you are feeling unwell, had disturbed sleep or a late night or if you have drank alcohol the night before. All of these things can increase your BBT and will affect your chart. You can disregard any temperatures that are high for these reasons. More on this below.


Factors which can affect your temperatures and your chart:

  • A fever, an illness or infection, sore throat, cold, flu.
  • Waking later than usual
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Sleep disturbances – meaning you had less than 3-4 hours of solid sleep
  • Travel and jet lag or a sudden change in climate
  • Breast feeding
  • Certain drugs and medications.
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How to chart your ovulation – Part 3

This part of the guide is more complicated than my other sections but it will be very useful if you can grasp the basics of what happens during your menstrual cycle. You will then be able to link your fertile signs with your temperature chart and your hormonal changes.

 The Menstrual Cycle Phases

The Menstrual cycle can be split into 4 main parts –

  1. Menses – When you are on your period.
  2. The follicular phase (time between your period and ovulation). During the follicular phase your ovaries develop several follicles (containing eggs) on their surface which start to mature in the run up to ovulation. As this phase progresses one of these follicles become dominant. The length of this phase varies from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle and the length of this phase will determine the length of a given cycle. The main hormone involved in the follicular phase is estrogen and a woman is most fertile at the end of this phase i.e. the days just preceding ovulation. During this phase, the lining of the uterus thickens in preparation for a fertilised egg. Estrogen levels peak a few days before ovulation causing a change to your cervical mucus to the fertile type.
  3. Ovulation – This is when the dominant follicle bursts and an egg is released from the ovary. Ovulation is stimulated by a surge in a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH). This is the hormone which is detected by an ovulation test (LH test) – more on LH tests ‘here’. A woman usually ovulated within 12-24 hours of the LH surge. Estrogen levels plummet following ovulation and you will see your cervical mucus become more creamy and tacky a day or so after ovulation as you are no longer fertile. 
  4. The luteal phase (time between ovulation and your period). The luteal phase generally stays pretty consistent and only varies by a day or so cycle to cycle. The luteal phase usually lasts 12-16 days if you do not conceive. If you discover you have a luteal phase shorter than 12 days then see the section on ‘Luteal Phase Defect’. The hormone Progesterone dominates this phase of your cycle and helps to develop your uterus lining further in preparation for a fertilised egg. Progesterone warms the body and will cause a rise in your basal body temperature. This rise can be detected using a digital ovulation thermometer. If an egg is successfully fertilised by a sperm cell then the fertilised egg will implant into the lining of the uterus approximately 7-10 days into this phase and the development of the uterus lining continues. The pregnancy hormone, hCG is produced when the egg implants and as the pregnancy progresses the levels of this hCG increases and can be detected by a pregnancy test. If the egg is not fertilised then the lining of your uterus will shed (your period) and a new cycle will commence.

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How to chart your ovulation – Part 2

All you need to start charting your ovulation is a digital thermometer (ideally a thermometer that records to 2 decimal places). You do not need to spend a lot of money on an ovulation thermometer and one like this is perfect are sell for less than £5 on Amazon.

Once you have your thermometer, you need a temperature chart to record your measurements. You can use a paper chart like shown below or you can download a charting app on your phone. I use ‘Fertility Friend’ which is free and has everything you need to get going. If you would prefer a paper chart then message me in the comment section below and I will email you a copy (in a Microsoft Word document which you can even edit before printing).



Where to start:

You should start charting your fertile signs and your temperatures from cycle day 3 which is the 3rd day of your period (CD3). This is to ensure your temperature is at base line level before you start recording.

You should try to record the following each day:

  • The texture of your cervical mucous – cervical mucus is simply your vaginal discharge. This discharge is produced by your cervix and as you approach ovulation this discharge should change in appearance and texture. You can record this sign when you go to the loo and wipe or you can use a clean finger to collect some to examine. When you are not fertile your discharge is likely to be creamy, thick and tacky. As you approach ovulation it becomes thinner and watery and even stretchy. This stretchy discharge is referred to as ‘egg white cervical mucus’ (egg white CM or EWCM for short) as it can resemble egg in appearance and texture. If you find that you are not producing much fertile cervical mucus  around your ovulation day then please see the sections on ‘sperm friendly lubricants’ and ‘how to increase your fertile cervical mucus naturally’.
  • You waking body temperature – Your body temperature as soon as you wake up in the morning. Readings should be taken at the same time each morning and preferably around 6am – 7am. Your body naturally starts to increase from 8-9am so may give you inaccurate readings.
  • When you have had unprotected sex.
  • When you experience any spotting or bleeding
  • The result of an ovulation test if you use them – more on these ‘here’. A positive ovulation test can indicate you are going to ovulate within 12-24 hrs.
  • You may also record the position of your cervix and texture (more on this ‘here’).
  • Ovulation pain – many women (including myself) experience pain in the abdomen during the preceding days or day of ovulation and this can also be a reliable sign that you are within the ‘fertile window’.

By recording the above fertility signs each day you will increase you chances of predicting when ovulation is about to take place each cycle and confirm when it has taken place. You may also discover if you have any issues which could affect your fertility e.g. delayed ovulation (see ‘here’) or a short luteal phase (see ‘here’).

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Matched betting for dummies: earn 100s in tax free cash.

Matched betting – What is it and how do I get started?

As stated in my post – ‘How to make money while on maternity leave‘ – Matched betting is a great way to earn £100s in tax free, risk free cash from home.  We are NOT gambling money with matched betting, we are just taking advantage of the free bet offers betting sites run to attract new customers.

But I don’t like sports and don’t know how to place a bet.

Before I started matched betting I have never placed a single bet online. I am not interested in sports or gambling but as so many people were making lots of money from matched betting, I didn’t let it put me off. I was very dubious and nervous at first about trying matched betting, as it seemed too good to be true. I felt uncomfortable with the idea of signing up to betting sites and was worried I would do something wrong that would cost me money. After reading reviews on trustworthy websites like the ‘Betfair’, ‘Money saving expert‘ and the ‘Guardian newspaper‘ I gave it a go and I haven’t looked back.

How to win at the bookies 100% of the time!! Is it possible?

It is very important that you do not go it alone when you begin matched betting and you should do some research before you begin. There are many websites that can help you get going and my favourite is a website called Profit Accumulator.

Not only do they provide a step by step guide to matched betting, a matched betting calculator and oddmatching software, they also walk you through your first two promotions/sign up offers for free. I took away £40 from these first two offers. Not bad for someone who had never placed an bet online before.

What is matched betting?

Matched betting involves placing two different types of bets’ –  A back bet and a lay bet.

The Back bet” – This is when you place a bet backing a certain outcome to happen on the bookie offering the promotion e.g. England to beat Belgium in a football game. You are backing England to win so this is your back bet.  You probably know how to place a back bet and may have placed a back bet yourself on different occasions e.g. backing a horse on the grand national.

Sounds simple so far, but what if the bet you place at the bookies loses? Isn’t this just gambling? Well this is why it is called matched betting.

”The Lay bet” – This is when you place a bet against a certain outcome on a betting exchange (such as Betfair Exchange). You are betting for an outcome NOT to happen e.g. for England NOT to beat Belgium in a football game. With the lay bet you are covering the draw or Belgium to win outcome. Using“>Profit accumulator’s free odds calculator you can calculate exactly how much money you need to place on the lay bet. It is often more than you have placed on your back bet as you are covering 2 outcomes.” target=”_blank”>Profit Accumulator have a step by step guide on how to do this too.

Putting it all together.

So in basic terms, matched betting involves placing a back bet and lay bet on the same event and market to qualify for the free sign up offer. These two bets need to be placed with odds that are as evenly matched as possible e.g.odds of 2.0 for your back bet and odds 2.05 lay bet would be good odds for your qualifying bet. You can use Profit Accumulator’s free odds matching software to select which market/event you will bet on. You may lose a few pounds on this bet depending on how closely matched the odds are. Once you have received your free bet you then do the exact same process again, placing a back bet and a lay bet to cover all outcomes. This time the stake is not your own money i.e. this is a ‘free bet’, and you can extract up to 60-70% of the stake amount. How good is that!!

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The 4 step process with Profit Accumulator: How to place a matched bet.

Matched betting involves 4 steps and Profit Accumulator walk you through them all. Once you have signed up to Profit Acculmulator you will have access to their odds matching software (which is where you will find the markets to bet on), and their matched betting calculator. You will need this to calculate the stake amount you will need for your lay bet to cover all outcomes.

Step 1. You need to meet the requirements to qualify for the free bet/sign up offer. This requires you to open an account with the bookie and sometimes you need to opt into the offer. You then deposit a set amount of cash (usually by visa/master card – Please note that e-wallets such as paypal, skrill and neteller are often not accepted.

Step 2. Once you have signed up you will often see odds given in fraction form. Change this to decimal form straight away. You now need find an event  and market to bet on which you can find on Profit Accumulators odds matching software page. The event/market needs to have odds over a certain threshold and each bookie states their minimum odds requirement in their terms and conditions which you MUST READ thoroughly!!Once you have found a market with good matched betting odds (e.g. Liverpool to win Man U), you need to then enter the stake amount (e.g. £30) and back bet odds (the odds for Liverpool to win the game) into Profit Accumulators matched betting calculator. You need to select ‘normal’ mode. This is very important and is usually the default setting.

Again Profit Accumulator guides you through this process step by step, telling you all the terms and conditions that you need to know for each bookie, the markets which have good matched betting odds, and helps you to input the stakes and odds into their matched betting calculator. For your qualifying bet, stick to odds that are as low as possible but are still above the threshold amount stated in the terms and conditions e.g. if the minimum odds required is 1.5, then look for markets with odds just above e.g. 1.8. The higher the odds, the more of your initial stake you will lose.

Step 2. As well as finding your back bet at the bookie offering the promotion, you need to cover the other outcomes of the bet on a betting exchange (e.g. Betfair exchange). You need to find the same market and event (i.e. Liverpool V Man U), but instead of backing e.g. Liverpool to win you place a lay bet against Liverpool winning (covering the draw and Man U win). You need to then enter the odds for this lay bet into the calculator so you can see the stake amount you need to place and the liability (which is the amount you need in your betting exchange account to cover the bet). It will also calculate how much you stand to lose on your initial stake.

Once again Profit Accumulater walks you through this whole process.

Please note: There are 3 betting exchange sites that you can use (Betfair, Smarkets and BetDaq). I use Betfair as they have great odds, lots of fluidity in the market and also have a great sign up offer for their sports book site (see here).

Once you have placed these two bets you need to wait for them both to be settled before you receive your free bet.

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Step 3. Once you have placed your qualifying bet and it has been settled, you should receive your free bet at the bookie offering the promotion. You will either have won your initial stake over to the betting exchange (which is preferable) or you will have money in at the bookie you are using for the sign up offer. Once you have your free bet available in your account it is now time to make your profit.

You follow step 1 and 2 above, placing a back bet and a lay bet on the same market. This time select markets with higher odds to extract more of the free money. HIgher odds means you will need more money in the betting exchange to cover the bet however. Once again Profit Accumulator will take you through this process step by step and gives you all the markets to chose from on their oddsmatching page. You then need to enter the back and lay odds into their calculator but this time select ‘Free bet SNR (stake not returned). This once again shows you how much to place on the lay bet, your liability and the all important profit you can extract from the ‘free bet’.

How much can you make from one free bet?

This depends on what the offer is. I was given an offer with a bookie in June 2018 which required me to deposit and bet £100 and they would give me a £100 free bet. After following steps 1 to 3, I lost £5 on my initial £100 but gained £68 from the free bet. This meant I was up £63 for a few minutes work over 2 days, risk free and tax free.

I made over £600 in my first month matched betting and although once all the sign up offers are completed, things slow down, there are plenty of reload offers and promotions on online casinos which you can take advantage of. Profit Accumulator keep track of all offers and they have a great online community that share hints and tips.


Is matched betting for you?

This is a great opportunity to good to miss. You can make some serious cash very quickly from your computer if you follow a couple of very simple steps. You do not need to know anything about sports or individual teams and even if you have never placed a bet before, you can get the hang of it very quickly. It is actually a saying in the matched betting world that ‘if you care about what you are betting on then you are not doing it right’.

I know of experienced matched betters that earn well over £1000 every month consistently for a few hours work a day at home.

Which matched betting site should I chose?

There are several matched betting sites out there including a big player called oddsmonkey. They also offer a free membership were you can earn up to £45 from two sign up offers. I have read amazing reviews of Oddsmonkey and their monthly subscription is only £17.99 a month also. The reason I signed up to ‘Profit accumulator‘ was simply that it was the first matched betting website I came across. I have not been a member of Oddsmonkey so I cannot give an honest review of their services. You could always sign up to both and see which one you prefer. Oddsmonkey also provide free guides to matched betting, oddsmatching software and a matched betting calculator.

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