Tracking your basal body temperature doesn't require special preparation. However, if you want to use the basal body temperature method for birth control, consult your health care provider first if:
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- You recently gave birth or stopped taking birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives
- You're breast-feeding
- You're approaching menopause
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