2012 January Cherokee County Texas Health

2012  January  Cherokee County Texas Health

Health and Medicine Information in Texas

Posted on January 30, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment

In a layman’s language by diffusing the multiplication of bacteria on the surface of your skin, the problem of bad body odor can be solved. Several medical conditions at times are responsible to bring about a typical smell in the sweat like a fruity smell can sometimes indicate diabetes and bleach like smell can indicate liver or kidney dysfunction. Apocrine glands are primarily located in the armpit area. Hence by keeping these clean and dry you can find a cure for body odor. In today’s fast pace life everyone wants to look good and make a mark for themselves and not everyone is willing to spend a lot of money on expensive cosmetic items to get rid of bad body odor.This problem is usually faced when you take public transport to travel to work or from one place to another. By the time you reach the destination, you will be dripping with sweat. No matter how much you may have dressed up but you may end up looking dull and if you have bad odor it makes things worse. Hence they visit the dermatologists with only one question on their mind as to how to cure body odor? There are some short term and long term solutions given by the practitioners to the patients to deal with the problem on a daily basis.Medically one remedy for body odor is aluminium chloride; it is an active ingredient in most antiperspirants. It helps to prevent the production of sweat when used regularly for some time. Roll-on antiperspirants tend to be more effective in heavy sweating cases. Aluminium chloride solutions include Anhydrol Forte and Driclor. They can be usually applied every night before you go to bed, and then wash it off in the morning. By doing this you can stop sweating while you are sleeping, for the whole night the solution can seep into your sweat glands and block them. This reduces your sweating for the next day. As and when the product starts to take effect, you can reduce its usage -every other night or once or twice a week. A general practitioner or a pharmacist can advise you best on the various products available in the market.Last but not the least in acute odor cases there are some more advanced treatment people opt for, below mentioned are the techniques used by experienced practitioners.- Surgery is also performed in the armpit areas where in a small patch of skin along with the tissue is removed to destroy the most active sweat glands, helping to minimise the sweating.

- Liposuction therapy is also used to draw out the sweat glands from the deeper skin areas.

- Another surgery is a type called as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, which uses keyhole surgery technique to destroy the nerves that control sweating. A tiny incision (cut) is made into your underarm, through which a thin electrode is passed and electrical current used to kill off the nerves responsible for excess sweating.

- “Botox” its full form is Botulinum toxin is fairly new concept especially for those who experience very heavy sweating under their arms. It is a very powerful poison used in minimal doses.

- Approximately 10-12 injections are injected in the patient’s body especially in the affected areas like armpit, hands, face and feet, total time required is 30-45 minutes. The poison or toxin acts as a blocking agent and restrict signals taken from the brain to the sweat glands, hence reducing the amount of sweat produced.

- The effect of these injections might last from 2-8 months varying from person to person and post that you will have to take a similar session again. This treatment is not advisable for everyone and it is also costly.

Are Body Confidence and Weight Loss Mutually Exclusive

Posted on January 27, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment

As women and especially mums I think we often struggle with loving our bodies. Once we have babies our bodies change and stretch out of shape and they don’t necessarily ping back as quickly as we would like. Developing the confidence to step out with our bodies and say to the general public, “This is my body shape and I don’t care what you think” is something we all need to do.Do you have body confidence?

When you get dressed in the morning to you dread looking in the mirror or does it not bother you at all? I know a large number of my clients hate (yes, hate) looking at themselves in the mirror, especially before they get dressed. There are 2 points to note here; the first being that you are far more critical of your body than anyone else and also that everyone looks worse naked than they do in their clothes. But how can you develop body confidence and why should you?It’s not a quick process but here are a few things you can do to develop your confidence around your body shape and size

Find bits of your body that you do like. Start small and don’t overthink it. If you think you have nice eyes then tell yourself and celebrate them.

Build up a new ‘good bit’ every day. So, on day 2 remember the bit you liked yesterday, remind yourself of it and add a new one. On day 3, remind yourself of the previous 2 and add another and so on.

If you can afford it have your colours and a style analysis done. This will help you make the most of what you have by making sure that your clothes are accentuating your best bits. If you can’t afford to see someone at the moment try buying a book – “What you wear can change your life” by Trinny and Susannah is a good one.

Buy a new bra. Seriously. Most of us are wearing the wrong size for a start, but even if you are wearing the right size, after a while the elastic will start to stretch and you won’t be supported as well as you should be. Wearing pretty underwear will also give you a bit of a lift and you’ll generally feel better about yourself.So if you have body confidence, do you still need to lose weight?That decision is up to you. It is possible to be confident without being totally happy with your size. You can still want to fit into your old jeans or wear a party dress you can no longer fit into, whilst feeling confident and happy in yourself. In fact, a little more body confidence can help you to lose the extra weight, it will give you that spring in your step and confidence to know you can do anything you choose to do.I believe that you can feel confident on your journey to being slimmer. If you have a certain body shape, it may be that regardless of size you will still have to come to terms with your hips being wide or your legs being short. They are not necessarily the same problem, so developing your body confidence is a separate issue although just as important.

Advantages of the Indulgent and Luxurious Active Sea Body Mud Therapy

Posted on January 24, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment

Active sea body mud therapy is one of the most effective, luxurious and indulgent spa therapies that are ideal for smoothing, stimulating, and detoxifying the skin and body. With a potent mix of five French seaweeds including, Laminaria, Fucus, Ulva Lactuca, Spirulina and Sea Rocket, this treatment that comprises a full-body exfoliate followed by a rich organic mud wrap relaxed people while wrapping them in a cocoon of warmth while they receive a foot or scalp massage that ends with a shower and moisturizing body butter.Submerging the body in pure marine actives that offer a sophisticated combination of ingredients that include, but are not limited to vitamins, iron, iodine, amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, essential fatty acids, and mucilage to stimulate, firm and moisturize the body represents an entirely new level of skin and body care. Mud packs and mud baths have been used therapeutically for hundreds of years as clearly evident from historical records. With its high mineral content, this active sea mud that is used for therapy has the ability to transfer heat, relax muscle tension, reduce pain, and ease stiffness in joints. It has a detoxifying and healing effect as one of the five elements of nature that has an amazing impact on the body in both health as well as sickness.Active sea mud has a high concentration of minerals and powerful trace elements that possess an ionic exchange capacity through skin and this offers powerful detoxification through topical bathing applications such as mud compresses and soaks. The combination of treatments used in this therapy work to stimulate the thyroid, promote decongestion, eliminate waste for better and smoother skin, rebalance and restore proper hydration, and also prevents future skin damage by fighting free radicals. Active sea body mud therapy is also credited with reducing the appearance of cellulite. Primarily marketed for women who are on the lookout for weight reduction and skin detoxification, these mud body wraps are applied with a brush on bare skin after which a plastic wrap is used followed by towels or a robe that are left on the body for at least twenty minutes to an hour.This sea mud that contains bromides, potassium, magnesium, sodium and sulfates potentially draw toxins out of the skin, tones the body, and aid women in their fat reduction efforts. As a part of the same treatment process, a facial mask treatment is also offered by most beauticians and massage therapists to tone and cleanse facial skin. Though there is no clinical evidence that suggests that active sea mud body wraps lead to any kind of weight reduction, on the bright side, there is ample proof regarding its detoxifying and toning effects on the skin and the role it plays in tightening the pores.Spa therapies are designed to help the body get rid of the constant onslaught of environmental toxins that trigger many diseases, are responsible for low levels of energy, numerous skin conditions, chronic pain, neurological problems, and even cancer. The application of active sea body mud that contains effective chelators such as humic substances in abundance draws out lactic acid and metabolic wastes from tissues. They bind toxins such as heavy metals and remove them from the body for effective detoxification. So, while the body temperature rises under the warm mud compress, there is an exchange of toxins for minerals from the mud.

Posted on January 21, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment

Not long ago, I was at Starbucks, and it happened to be one which was near a major freeway. A gal came in with a group of friends, and she had a brilliant colorful tattoo on her back shoulder, I asked her what it was, and she told me it was a peacock. I thought that was very interesting, and she said she loved it. She pulled down one of her straps so I could see the whole thing, wow it was incredible. Then I noticed that she had some body piercing to accentuate the peacock, with some sub-dermal pieces to create a slight bulge for the beak, and the ends of the feathers.Indeed, I’d say she went all out on this, and it was the ultimate expression of personal individuality that I had seen in a long time. It was truly a work of art, and the girl was fairly good-looking, so she didn’t need anything to make her look beautiful, she did it because she loved the look. It was so impressive, I was taken aback with the beautiful bird on her back. When body piercings are done in conjunction with colorful tattoos they make a bold statement. This one certainly did, and although I didn’t ask her if she had been in any magazines, it seems to me that if she hasn’t, she could probably walk into just about any counterculture type magazine and they would do a photo-shoot of her.Was it over the top? Perhaps it might be if one were to ask your parents what they thought, but she wore it so well, in such a dignified way that it accentuated her beauty and her personality. I doubt if anyone could say it was in poor taste, it was truly remarkable, a literal walking piece of art. It’s too bad that more people don’t see this reality, as they are too caught-up in their mental boxes to understand the freedom and expression enjoyed by those that display this living artwork. Interestingly enough, her and her friends were going to the river for the weekend, and she had a strapless bikini that she was going to wear so everyone could see it.It’s hard to describe in words how remarkable this was, or the soft-spoken personality of the owner of this colorful tattoo/body piercing hybrid art. I certainly hope I’ve done it justice here in this article today, and if there’s anything I’d like for you to take away from this philosophical thought – it is this; when artwork as beautiful as this peacock adorns the body of a gorgeous woman, it is art, pure and simple. Therefore it is time for society to ditch the stigma of those who enjoy personal expression of their own body.

Body Beast Workout Program – Not for the Feint-Hearted!

Posted on January 19, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment

The Body Beast Workout Program from Team Beachbody is designed for those who want to build muscle. This 90 day program could see you packing on as much as 10 lbs of muscle with its professional-level workouts. The program has been put together by Sagi Kalev and makes use of all the latest scientific knowledge to create a workout that will build the muscle tone that you want and cut down on fat at the same time. This is a home workout system that is unlike anything else which has ever reached the market. Sagi Kalev can teach you how to train and eat for strength.The workout program contains no less than 12 different workouts which are designed to push you to the limit. You will be able to build muscle fibers and heighten levels of testosterone using these workouts. The Book of Beast is also included in the workout and this gives details on the 3-phase Eating Plan designed by Sagi to complement this workout. Training schedules and online support complete this amazing kit.The Beast Basics workout is designed to offer an overview of the whole system. Users are taught the basic moves and how the program works. It also covers essential nutrition and supplements which will be needed in order to maximize the results of the program. Guidance is given on using weights, safety and everything else required to achieve the goal that you want. This is followed by the Build: Chest/Tris DVD. This focuses on the chest and triceps area and is a 49 minute workout designed to give strength and definition to the upper body. This workout is complemented by the Build: Shoulders DVD. This is a 39 minute workout which ensures that the user can add definition to the deltoids.The Abs are an area which should not be forgotten and the Beast: Abs DVD is just 11 minutes but really packs a punch. This helps to create a strong core area which can help with the weight lifting exercises and ensures great posture. You can then move on to the Build: Legs DVD. This will help you to get rid of the skinny limbs you’ve had so far and build quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes in a workout which lasts just 38 minutes. The Build: Back/Bis DVD is aimed at creating stronger muscles in the back and arms. This is a 50 minute workout which challenges even the most dedicated workout enthusiast.From here you can move on to the Bulk DVDs. These begin with the chest and make use of different exercise techniques to build muscle. Increased resistance is a large part of these workouts. This is just a 30 minute workout but users will be able to see lasting results. The workout for the back uses similar techniques to build strength in this area. The Bulk DVDS also include workouts for the legs, shoulders and arms. Add to this the Beast DVD for the Abs and you will be able to build muscle, strength and definition all over the body.A cardio workout is a must and the Beast: Cardio DVD is an option that you will not want to miss. This is aimed at improving performance as well as aiding with the effectiveness of the other sections of the program. The Total Body option is a 39 minute workout which is designed for those who have maybe missed a workout or two and need to get the whole body moving again to get back on track.The Book of Beast is a handy guide to the program and a great motivational tool for those who are new to the workouts. With a range of training tips you will find it easier to get started and stay on track to achieve your goals. The support tools are perfect for helping you to make the transformation that you want.Team Beachbody has developed an online support system which is like no other. Finding like-minded individuals in the forums and getting the chance to speak directly to some of the trainers is invaluable and more people than ever are reaching their personal goals thanks to the support that they have received. If you want to see results quickly then you need a program that can deliver and the Body Beast Workout Program is unique in delivering results.

Posted on January 16, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment

Oxygen therapy involves delivering gas through an oxygen source like oxygen concentrator or cylinder. The patient breathes the oxygen through either a nasal cannula or a mask, which covers his nose and mouth. Physicians prescribe oxygen therapy for increasing oxygen level in the blood, based on the needs of body organs and tissues. Lack of oxygen in the body can lead to a number of problems, which is why it is absolutely essential to use supplemental oxygen supply in case body’s natural source is interrupted.Once the physician has decided that the patient requires therapy, the patient will be tested for determining the right amount of oxygen to be delivered through an oxygen concentrator. Oxygen therapy is used for general well being as well as fixing many other problems such as:COPD Treatment

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease includes diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The disease tends to damage airways and scars the proper channel of oxygen/carbon dioxide. Consequently, the heart has to pump much harder for delivering oxygen to all organs of the body. Therapy is very beneficial for COPD patients since it relaxes the strain on heart and helps patient get the required amount of oxygen. Although COPD is one of the most leading causes of death all over the world, the rates substantially decrease among patients who use therapy. According to many researches, there has been seen improvement in the function of heart, relief from depression and increased mental clarity among COPD patients.Interstitial Lung Disease Treatment

Interstitial lung disease includes a number of maladies associated with scarring of the lungs. It usually occurs due to drugs, toxic ingestion or a certain trauma. Keep in mind that oxygen therapy does not in anyway reverse the progression, it does however, help the patient in breathing properly. It reduces blood pressure, particularly on the right side of the heart, which aids in protecting patients from pulmonary hypertension. It also helps patient sleep better.Pneumonitis Treatment

Pneumonitis involves inflammation of lung tissue. It can be caused by a number of factors including exposure to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, asbestos or exposure to mould. Although corticosteroids and antibiotics are commonly used for treatment, oxygen therapy has also been reported useful for patients. However, the amount is largely dependent on the situation of the patient.Gangrene Treatment

Gangrene is characterised by interrupted flow of blood into the body organs, which causes the tissues to start dying slowly. In such a situation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is useful and is usually an important part of treatment of the disease. A chamber containing oxygen that is 2.5 times more potent than atmospheric oxygen is used. Due to high pressure in the level of oxygen, the blood is able to carry oxygen to affected tissues much faster, and thus inhibit the growth of bacteria.Additional Benefits

In addition to treatment of specific diseases, oxygen therapy is beneficial for general health conditions as well:

• Improved ability of body organs to function optimallyPatients who are prescribed long-term oxygen therapy can reap additional benefits like:

• High energy level, particularly in physical activities and exercise

• Prolonged life due to reduction in heart strain

Posted on January 13, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment

In a layman’s language by diffusing the multiplication of bacteria on the surface of your skin, the problem of bad body odor can be solved. Several medical conditions at times are responsible to bring about a typical smell in the sweat like a fruity smell can sometimes indicate diabetes and bleach like smell can indicate liver or kidney dysfunction. Apocrine glands are primarily located in the armpit area. Hence by keeping these clean and dry you can find a cure for body odor. In today’s fast pace life everyone wants to look good and make a mark for themselves and not everyone is willing to spend a lot of money on expensive cosmetic items to get rid of bad body odor.This problem is usually faced when you take public transport to travel to work or from one place to another. By the time you reach the destination, you will be dripping with sweat. No matter how much you may have dressed up but you may end up looking dull and if you have bad odor it makes things worse. Hence they visit the dermatologists with only one question on their mind as to how to cure body odor? There are some short term and long term solutions given by the practitioners to the patients to deal with the problem on a daily basis.Medically one remedy for body odor is aluminium chloride; it is an active ingredient in most antiperspirants. It helps to prevent the production of sweat when used regularly for some time. Roll-on antiperspirants tend to be more effective in heavy sweating cases. Aluminium chloride solutions include Anhydrol Forte and Driclor. They can be usually applied every night before you go to bed, and then wash it off in the morning. By doing this you can stop sweating while you are sleeping, for the whole night the solution can seep into your sweat glands and block them. This reduces your sweating for the next day. As and when the product starts to take effect, you can reduce its usage -every other night or once or twice a week. A general practitioner or a pharmacist can advise you best on the various products available in the market.Last but not the least in acute odor cases there are some more advanced treatment people opt for, below mentioned are the techniques used by experienced practitioners.- Surgery is also performed in the armpit areas where in a small patch of skin along with the tissue is removed to destroy the most active sweat glands, helping to minimise the sweating.

- Liposuction therapy is also used to draw out the sweat glands from the deeper skin areas.

- Another surgery is a type called as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, which uses keyhole surgery technique to destroy the nerves that control sweating. A tiny incision (cut) is made into your underarm, through which a thin electrode is passed and electrical current used to kill off the nerves responsible for excess sweating.

- “Botox” its full form is Botulinum toxin is fairly new concept especially for those who experience very heavy sweating under their arms. It is a very powerful poison used in minimal doses.

- Approximately 10-12 injections are injected in the patient’s body especially in the affected areas like armpit, hands, face and feet, total time required is 30-45 minutes. The poison or toxin acts as a blocking agent and restrict signals taken from the brain to the sweat glands, hence reducing the amount of sweat produced.

- The effect of these injections might last from 2-8 months varying from person to person and post that you will have to take a similar session again. This treatment is not advisable for everyone and it is also costly.

Body Kits – The Different Types of Kits Available

Posted on January 10, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment

There are many types of body wraps on the market.

We are going to tell you about the different body wraps and how they work.The first type of wrap is a Compression Wrap. The compression wrap works by tightly wrapping (compressing) specific areas of the body. The results from these wraps are minimal and generally do not last very long, from several hours to several days at the most.Next are the Salt, Seaweed and Clay type wraps. These wraps work by “water loss”, flushing the water out of the skin and surface fat cells. They can produce fast results however the results diminish as the body re-hydrates.Herbal Wraps are generally a detoxing wrap. These use a combination of herbs to detox the body and force the toxins from the fat calls. This shrinks the fat cells and produces varying degrees of inch loss.The most effective body wrap on the market include a combination of the above. There are several great at Home Body Wrap Kits for both full body treatments and spot treatments; and Belly Fat Reduction Kits that targets stubborn belly fat and love handles and use a solutions to shrink fat cells, reduce cellulite and firm and tighten the skin.You want to use solutions that use enzyme rich Aloe Vera infused with amino acids to open the pores and stimulate circulation; an herbal blend to soften and penetrate the protein wall of the fat cells and force the dissipation of toxins and excess water from the fat cells; vitamins, minerals, collagen, and elastin to hydrate, nourish, firm and tighten the skin. This is a very effective system with long lasting results.Now, here are some of the great benefits of Home Body Wrap Treatments

Dramatic treatment results with measurable inch loss.

You can do Spa Quality treatments in the comfort of your home.

Solutions remain in your system for 72 hours and continue to produce results.Note: A series of treatment will produce progressive more permanent results. The more toxins you purge from the fat cells, the longer the results will last. Do a series of 6 to 10 treatments or until you have achieved your desired results and then follow with 1 or 2 treatments a month to maintain your results.Wraps are a very effective tool to help you reduce fat and inches and can make a great addition to a balanced diet and your exercise program.For best results avoid sugars, salts, fats and alcohol.

Posted on January 7, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment

Common allergies affect approximately 50 million Americans. Allergies are the immune system’s over reactive response to an allergen introduced to the body. Allergens are unique to an individual; that is, what might be an allergen for one individual may not be an allergen for another. There are many treatments and therapies available, including acupuncture, to help people resolve allergy symptoms. Moreover, acupuncture, as a holistic treatment, not only looks at treating the isolated symptoms but also at treating the root cause of the problem and balancing the body’s systems for full wellness.What is an allergen?

An allergen is any substance that causes an allergic reaction in an individual. There are thousands of known allergens that can cause allergy symptoms including respiratory allergens, ingested allergens, and skin contact allergens. Respiratory allergens are inhaled into the body and may include the common airborne pollens from tree blooms and grasses, mold spores, house dust mites, and animal dander. Ingested allergens are consumed through food and medication. Common food and drug allergies include shell fish, nuts, and penicillin. Still, other allergens are initiated by skin contact, which can range from a bee sting to poison ivy to a chemical allergen such as is common with latex.How can acupuncture help treat allergies?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that has been practiced for more than 3,000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have used acupuncture for thousands of years as a natural healing process to balance yin and yang in the body. The concept is that the body’s Qi, a vital energy force, must be free to flow along the body’s meridians without obstruction. Any obstruction can cause an imbalance in the body’s yin or yang and reduce the Qi’s effect to properly regulate the body’s health and well-being. Acupuncture is a natural method of treating an illness and involves stimulating and balancing of Qi through points, called acupoints, located throughout the body. Acupuncture works to resolve allergies by decreasing the body’s overreaction to an allergen, strengthening the immune system, and helping to normalize overall body function by balancing the body’s Qi.What happens during acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture can help resolve allergy issues by removing energy imbalances and blockages in the body. Practitioners of acupuncture work with the body’s energy or Qi, which moves along pathways called meridians. There are 12 major and 8 minor meridians. Qi regulates the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical harmony of the body by keeping the forces of yin and yang in balance. During acupuncture treatment the meridians are stimulated by the insertion of fine needles (or a needle-less form using a new age tool) into the appropriate acupoints. Unlike hypodermic needles used in allopathic medicine to give injections or draw blood, acupuncture needles are thin and can hardly be felt. Every acupuncture treatment utilizes specific points that suites the individual’s needs for allergy relief. There are more than 2,000 acupoints on the human body that an acupuncturist can work with. It is important to find a licensed, experienced acupuncturist to ensure the most successful treatment plan for resolving allergy symptoms.

Posted on January 4, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment

DescriptionThis phenomenon is lower during the first 2 weeks of menstrual cycle, before ovulation. It occurs immediately after ovulation, temperature begins to rise, continuing upward until it is time for the next menses. The rise in the temperature indicates that progesterone (female hormone) has been released to the system. Just before the day of ovulation, a woman’s BBT falls about one half degree. At the time of ovulation, the woman’s BBT rises a full degree because of progesterone influences.How to use BBT Method?

To use the BBT method of contraception, a woman must take her temperature every morning before getting out of bed and beginning her morning activity. By recording this daily temperature, she can see a slight dip and then an increase in body temperature. The increase in body temperature indicates ovulation. With the temperature increases, intercourse is avoided for the next 3 days, which is the life of a discharged ovum (female egg cell). Because sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for 4 days, BBT method of contraception is typically combined with the calendar method so that the couple can abstain from intercourse for a few days before ovulation as well.Factors that can affect BBT Method

BBT Method can be affected by many variables, which may lead to mistaken interpretations of a fertile day as safe day and vice versa. Forgetting to take the temperature or taking after arising may lead to a rise in temperature. Illness also may cause temperature to rise. Changes in daily routine or activities also could affect the temperature.Advantages

It is relatively inexpensive. The woman only exposed in the cost of BBT Thermometer, which is calibrated in tenths of a degree.

- It may be acceptable to members of religious groups that oppose birth control.

- It encourages couples to learn more about how female body functions.

- It can also be used to plan a pregnancy.Disadvantages

- It requires meticulous record keeping and an ability and willingness to monitor the woman’s body changes.

- It restricts sexual spontaneity during the woman’s fertile period.

- It requires extended periods of abstinence from intercourse.

- It is reliable only for woman with regular menstrual cycles.

- It may be unreliable during periods of illness, infection, or stress.

- It is contraindicated to woman who has irregular menses.ImplicationsAdvise them that, recording the BBT does not predict the exact day of ovulation. It just indicates that ovulation has occurred, allowing the woman to monitor her ovulatory pattern and giving her time frame for planning. Advise the woman to record the days of menstrual flow on a temperature graph. Have her start with the first day of her menses (day 1) and then take her temperature each day after her menses ends. Tell the woman to use a thermometer that measures tenths of a degree. Instruct the woman to take her temperature as soon as she wakes up – before she gets out of the bed or does anything else. Tell the woman to do this at the same time each morning. Instruct the woman to place a dot on the graph’s line that matches the temperature reading (Tell her not to be surprised if her waking temperature before ovulation is 96 to 97 F [35.6 to 36.1C]). If she forgets to take her temperature one day, instruct her to leave that day blank on the graph and not to connect the dots. Instruct her to make notes on the graph if she misses taking her temperature, feels sick, can’t sleep, or wakes up at a different time. Advise her also that if she is taking any medicine – even aspirin – to note this on the graph, because it may affect her temperature. Remind her also to mark the dates when she had sexual relations.

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