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Following is the method I've seen described for the purpose of screening for thyroid problems.
While I have seen some say to take an average of 3 days, the late eminent thyroid expert, Dr. Broda Barnes said that a 10-day average is a better indicator. Realistically though, it's hard to do for 10 days, and a target average somewhere in between those two periods is probably good enough. I took a 7-day average myself and came up with something like 96.4. Quite a few experts will say to also take your temp several times a day... upon awaking, at 9 am, ll am, and 4 pm. There should be a corresponding rise according to your activity. (Mine never rose more than a degree all day long.)

The thing is.... most doctors (other than holistic practioners) are not going to take the information too seriously anyway. Taking your BMT can even work against you if a doctor doesn't know much about thyroid and is prone to prescribing antidepressents; he will see you as a bit of a nutcase, overly fixated on your health, and you'll be on your way with a Prozac script, sure as shootin'.
A very good thyroid doctor will probably view a low BMT as one of many indicators to consider in diagnosis, but hardly any - probably none - would diagnose or treat based only on that.

Here's the method:
At night, shake down a thermometer - be sure that it is shaken down and below 95 degrees. Next morning, on awakening, put the thermometer under your arm with the bulb in the armpit with no clothing between it and the armpit. Leave it there for 10 minutes (use snooze alarm if you wake up to an alarm). Just drowse for that time lying still.

After 10 minutes, take the thermometer out, and read it, writing down the result right away. (On waking, most people don't think clearly and might forget the reading). This is known as your Early AM Basal Temperature, and the "normal" should be between 97.8 and 98.2. This reading taken by armpit is somewhat lower and somewhat more accurate than by mouth. If you have a low-grade infection this may read higher than your "normal", therefore if it is in that range above, you should repeat the above procedure every other day for a week or so. If a menstruating female, also do it on the 2nd and 3rd day of your period.

If lower than the range, you are probably hypothyroid, and if higher, then you are probably hyperthyroid (or you have an infection somewhere).

Hope that helped.