Charts and Information
and individuals who use the Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Method,
Cervical Mucus Method, the Symptothermal Method, and those who
wish to record their fertility observations, may view and print
the Natural Family Planning Chart for personal use.
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example of a completed NFP Temperature Chart
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to Complete the
Natural Family Planning Chart
Family Planning Chart can be used with the Basal Body Temperature
(BBT) Method, Cervical Mucus Method, and/or the Symptothermal
Method. It can also be used for Fertility Awareness Observation.
the Cycle Length Box:
the number of days in the shortest of your previous six menstrual
19 from the length of the shortest cycle and write this number
in the next box. (For example, 28-19=9). Then, draw a vertical
line before this cycle day on your chart.
the length of this cycle after the cycle is over. Your cycle
begins on the first day of bleeding and ends the day before
your next menstrual bleeding.
the number of days between one bleeding and the next.
In the Temperature
the time of day you usually take your basal body temperature.
In the Menstrual
Cycle Day Box:
line of numbers at the bottom of the temperature chart represent
the days of your menstrual cycle, starting with the first
day of your period. Each day you have sexual intercourse,
circle the corresponding day of your menstrual cycle.
This is an example of one woman's
temperatures during one cycle
taking your temperature each morning upon waking, put a dot
in the middle of the square which corresponds to your temperature
on that particular date.
the dots each day with a straight line.
recording your temperature for the first ten days of the cycle,
draw a horizontal line on the line just above the highest
of the normal low temperatures recorded during those first
ten days. This is called the cover line.
your daily temperature goes above this cover line, draw a
vertical line just before the temperature rise.
1,2,3 temperatures above the cover line.
To Record Cervical
This is an example one woman's observed
cervical secretions (marked in purple)
checking the feel, look and touch of your secretions throughout
the day, fill in the box that best describes your most fertile
secretion for that day of your cycle. At the end of each day,
mark the box for only one of the following options:
for days of menstrual bleeding
no secretions seen or felt
thick, cloudy or sticky secretions
slippery, transparent or stretchy secretions
Record Changes in the Cervix:
This is an example one woman's
cervical changes (marked in purple)
- If you
choose to check the cervix, fill in the box that best describes
the position, feel, and openness of the cervix. At the end
of each day, mark the box that best describes the changes
in the cervix position: - low, firm or closed cervix - high,
soft or open cervix
Example of one woman's comments
the comments section at the bottom of the chart to record
other signs of fertility, disturbances, schedule changes and
other things that may influence your interpretation of the
Family Planning, follow the rules of your method and mark the
fertile days with a bracket.