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Altered Body Temperature
When charting basal body temperature each morning to detect ovuation, what type of temperature change would let you know you are ovulating?
98.8 Degrees F: 98.8 degrees fahrenheit (or 37 degrees celsius) is the "textbook" normal temperature. However, individuals can have slightly lower or higher normal temperatures. Also, our body temperature naturally fluctuates throughout a 24-hour period (circadian rhythm). ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
No great way: There really isn't a long term way to do this without chemically/hormonally altering your body. Body temperature is regulated by the hypothalamus - a special area of the brain. There is no way to consistently affect the set point in this area. It's why overall temperatures are fairly consistent across people of all different sizes and body types. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Temperature: A temperature is often the body's response to some infectious process. You need to be examined to assess why you are hot, as opposed to simply trying to eat foods that will cool you. If you can not get your body temp. Down until you see a doctor with antipyretic medications, than soaking in tepid (cool) water will help. Best wishes. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Yes: There is no single temperature reading that is “normal” for all patients, although many consider an oral temperature of 98.6° F (37° C) the norm. Age, exercise, hormones, stress, environmental temperature, time of day, body site, and medications can all influence body temperature. In general, an oral body-temperature range of 96.4° F to 99.1° F (35.8° C to 37.3° C) is acceptable. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
I woke up with 96.6 degree body temperature. What's the lowest it should be before i worry? I know 98.6 is the 'norm'.
Not to worry: It is normal for the body's temperature to drop overnight. Many of the metabolic functions go into a baseline mode, so less energy is needed and thus less heat produced. Understand also that an oral temperature is influenced by many factors and may not accurately reflect the core temperature. Don't worry too much about a low oral reading if you are feeling ok otherwise. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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