Have you been trying to fall pregnant for a while and it’s just not happening?
Have you ever thought that maybe it could be as simple as getting your timing wrong?
Well, scheduling intercourse in conjunction with when you ovulate is key to optimising your efforts to conceive.
So How Do I Know When I’m Ovulating?
On a normal 28 day cycle, a woman would typically ovulate on day 14 (day 1 being the first day of the period) – but as we know, there is no such thing as normal.
Therefore, a rough estimation would be 14 days from the end of your cycle so if your cycle is 35 days long, you should normally ovulate on day 21.
Intercourse should be planned for every day from at least 2 days before your expected ovulation day, more if possible, then each day for 2 days after ovulation to increase you're chances of success.
What If I Don’t Have Regular Cycles?
If your cycles are irregular, there are a few methods you can use to predict the best time of increasing your chance of pregnancy.
One of these is to monitor your body temperature. Tracking your temperature everyday can give you an indication of when you are about to ovulate.
To do this, you could purchase a Basal Body Temperature Thermometer (BBT) that can measure your temperature to a decimal place for best accuracy.
You will also need a chart to track your readings. Feel free to send me a one line email and I'll send you a complimentary downloadable PDF version.
It should take you at least three cycles to get used to your body’s pattern which normally consists of lower body temperature before you ovulate and higher temperature after.
Some women notice a dip in temperature the day before ovulation followed by a slow to sharp rise after. In this case, intercourse should take place when the dip is noticed.
BBT monitoring is best combined with other diagnostic tools such as Ovulation Pregnancy Kits (OPKs) and cervical mucus tracking for a clearer, more accurate picture.
The rules to stick with when watching your Basal body temperature are…
Checking Cervical Mucus
Throughout your cycle you may or may not notice changes in your cervical mucus, changes which often indicate when you are most fertile.
You can view your cervical mucus on the toilet paper when you wipe; by wiping a clean finger over the outside of the vagina; or by inserting a finger into the vagina.
You may also notice it on your underwear. Fertile mucus will appear just before you ovulate and you will therefore know this is the right time to have intercourse.
Fertile mucus is watery and this is what assists the sperm to swim towards the cervix.
After ovulation, you may find that the mucus may quickly return to the thick, tacky mucus or you may have none at all, leading up to your period. This will most likely be an infertile stage of your cycle.
You can track the variations of your mucus on an additional column on your temperature chart – and many women use the words or initials such as creamy, tacky, pasty, cloudy, clear and flaky to describe different consistencies.
Ovulation Predictor Kits
Also known as OPKs or LH tests, these highly accurate strips of paper work similar to a pregnancy test.
The tests are placed in a sample of urine or held in mid-stream flow and detect the Lutenising Hormone which rises sharply just before ovulation.
The strip have a control line and a test line – the control line will let you know that the test is working and the test line is what you look for to let you know you are 12-36 hours away from ovulation.
Things to remember are that the test line needs to be as dark or darker than the control line, if it is lighter than the control line this is classed as a false reading.
Once you get a positive result, intercourse should take part as soon as possible and then over the next few days to take advantage of that valuable window of opportunity.
It’s important to remember that sometimes women can get a false surge then fail to ovulate, but this is not too common. Therefore if you have irregular periods keep testing until you are sure you have ovulated.
The great thing about OPKs is that they are easy and convenient to use, but be sure that you have not emptied your bladder for at least 3 hours so as not to dilute your urine thus obtaining a watered down reading.
Good luck and baby dust to all!
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