Archive for July, 2008

A question about basal temperature

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008


An interesting question about basal temperature. My response follows below.

Hi Katie,

I have only just discovered your information on the web & wish I’d found it a long time ago. I will see if our local library has your book otherwise I will look into buying it. My question is, how long after ovulation is it before Basal Body
Temperature rises? I haven’t been able to get a conclusive answer eslewhere. It would be helpful for charting and timing our conception attempts.

Thanks for your time.


A woman can ovulate 24 hours before her temperature rises and up to 24
hours after the rise. While the temperature gives you excellent
information, you really need to chart cervical mucus when you want to
conceive. My books describe all of this comprehensively.

Best of luck,

Katie Singer

A question about light periods

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

A message you may find interesting:

Hi Katie,

I found your website today and am wondering if you might be able to point me to any helpful information for a question that no one has been able to help me with to date!

I’m 37 years old. In late 2002, I went off the Pill in the hopes of getting pregnant. My husband and I tried for 3 years, only once
actually getting pregnant and miscarrying. A key problem for me is that since I stopped taking the pill, my periods, though regular, are only 1.5 days long, 2 at the most, and (obviously) my uterine lining is soooo thin! Not nearly what’s needed for implantation much less nourishing a fetus.

All the information I’ve found to date talks about irregular cycles or too much bleeding, but I’ve yet to find anything about helping create a healthy uterine lining. We went the whole infertility clinic route three years ago, and oh, I’d love to never step foot in that place again if I can! All they wanted to do was test, test, test, test, test. Yuck.

If you have any websites, books or info that might help, I would be very grateful!

Thank you.


You’ve got an excellent question. As I understand, estrogen is needed to create the new uterine lining after your period and before you ovulate. After ovulation, progesterone makes the uterine lining spongy; this quality is necessary for implantation of an embryo. My mind goes to asking what you can do to strengthen estrogen and progesterone. I have written a lot about how food affects the menstrual cycle and I think my findings would be useful in your situation: decrease or eliminate sugar, white
flour, soy, caffeine, and animal products that are not organic. Consume cod liver oil, moderate and frequent portions of organic meats and full-fat cheeses, lots of green leafy vegetables, butter, and grains and beans that have been soaked and rinsed before you cook them. Sleeping in darkness except around ovulation would be helpful. I also sense acupuncture and chinese herbs could be very helpful to you. I trust that there are many other things that you might discover that could nurture you and strengthen your menstrual cycle.

I say more about these things in my books, The Garden of Fertility and Honoring Our Cycles.

Best of luck,

Katie Singer

A question about temperatures

Saturday, July 5th, 2008


An interesting message about temperature-taking:

I recently read an article about natural ways of birth control and became very interested. I decided that getting off my birth control was the best health choice I could make (after 13 straight years of being on it). I ordered both of your books and just got Honoring Our Cycles and started reading it immediately. I know that taking your temperature in the morning before you get out of bed is one of the main point of charting. My question is how long do I need to have slept before I take my temperature? Unfortunately I wake up quite a few times during the night and morning hours. My normal wake up time is 730am but sometimes I might have to wake up 1/2 an hour to an hour earlier to let the dog out and then I’m back to bed. I’m wondering if this kind of a routine is going to mess with my temperature? Do I need to have so many hours of sleep before I take my temperature?

Thanks for any help!

My response:

I congratulate you on taking a step toward what you think will improve your health. Please be gentle with yourself as you come off of the Pill and your body returns to natural cycling. You might get confusing signals for a while; you might not. It’s a time to discover what truly nourishes you and your body.

When taking your temperature, try to be as consistent as possible. You should take it before you get out of bed and before you let your dog out. On your chart, mark the time that you take your temperature. If you notice significant differences in temperatures that are say, an hour apart, then you might try waking every morning at 6:30 so that you get a consistent

This sounds sort of muddled. Just do the best you can and take it before you get out bed. Technically, the basal temperature is your body’s temperature after three hours of rest.

You didn’t ask, but given that you’ve been on the Pill for 13 years, I’ll encourage you to read the chapters about food and night lighting in both of my books. They have good information that can help you nourish your body after you’ve been on the Pill.

Best of luck,

Katie Singer

Nursing and pregnancy

Saturday, July 5th, 2008


An interesting message I’d like to share with you:

I am solely nursing my 3 month old daughter. I wanted to know if I can have sex w/o using birth control pills and not get pregnant? I’ve heard you can have sex for the first 6 months of your newborns life and not get pregnant if you are solely nursing? I nurse every 3-3.5 hours during the day and 7-8 hours at night. I heard that you have to nurse every 6 hours at night in order to not get pregnant? Can I have sex and not use any contraceptives and still not get pregnant up to 6 months if I’m nursing every 3-3.5 hours during the day and 7-8 hours at night?

My response:

To create unambiguous infertility, you need to nurse at least once or twice per hour during the day and several times at night during your baby’s first few months. When a woman nurses this frequently, then her mucus will dry up. That dryness signals

Since you are nursing only every few hours during the day, and 7-8 hours at night, you are not nursing enough to create unambiguous infertility. You also don’t say whether you are observing your mucus. You therefore need to consider yourself

The Pill can affect your health and it can get into your breast milk. If this is a problem for you, then you might consider a barrior method of birth control, such as condoms, the diaphram or the cervical cap.