If you are planning to start a family, you will need to learn all about ovulation. ?Learning how this process works will help you to time or schedule your sexual activity and increase your chances of getting pregnant.? Of course, you can always just use an ovulation calculator to do the calculating and scheduling for you.? This calculator is used to determine when you will ovulate and your possible due date if you conceive.? However, an ovulation calculator is only good for women who have regular menstrual cycles. In any case, knowing the different signs of ovulation will certainly help you pinpoint the date with more accuracy.
How do I calculate my ovulation date?
The easiest way to know when you might be ovulating is simply to count days. In a 28-day cycle, ovulation usually occurs during the 14th?day.? According to the American Pregnancy Association, ovulation is estimated to occur anywhere between 11 to 21 days after your last menstrual period or 12-16 days before your next one. It?s best to use a calendar and start tracking your cycle to be able to best estimate when your ovulation happens.
What are the signs of ovulation?
Aside from counting, you can also look for the different signs of ovulation in order to know if you are fertile or not.? The two most accurate ways to determine ovulation is to check your vaginal discharge and basal body temperature.?? You have to observe these signs and try to note them each day, so you can see the ovulation pattern.? These methods are time consuming but won?t cost you anything and having a baby makes the effort totally worth it.
The basal body temperature is the lowest temperature of your body which is attained during sleep. Thus, BBT is often measured directly after waking up. Ovulation causes minute increases in your BBT.? This increase, occurring after ovulation, is around 0.4 to 1.0 degree Fahrenheit. This means that you?re at your most fertile around 2-3 days before the increase in your BBT. While the first month of BBT charting will only tell you that you?re done ovulating, charting the data for a few months will give you a pattern of when you do ovulate, increasing your chances of knowing when your next ovulation will occur which will help you schedule the best time to have sex.
The vaginal discharge that you will need to monitor is your cervical mucus. Throughout your cycle, changes in your cervical mucus will occur reflecting the different levels of hormones in your body during that time. If you are approaching ovulation, you may notice that your cervical mucus may appear stretchy, slippery, and clear.? It is somewhat similar to a raw egg white.? You can easily tell the difference because on most days of the month, you will have just a little amount of mucus and may actually feel dry. Your most fertile time is the last day you see this raw egg white-like mucus which is usually the day before or the day of your ovulation.
After I find out when ovulation occurs, when should I have sex?
The most fertile period during your cycle is three days before ovulation until the day after.? This is because a sperm can live for 5-6 days in your body while your egg can only live for 24 hours. It is recommended that you have sex every other day during this time giving you a higher chance to conceive.