For women, there is only a 24 hour window where it is possible to become pregnant. Charting your cycle using an ovulation calendar is one of the best, most cost effective ways to time intercourse in order to become pregnant.
Cycle Length and Cycle Charting
Although the length of women’s menstrual cycles vary, most women ovulate 14 days prior to the start of their monthly period. For example, a woman with a 28 day cycle will typically ovulate on day 14. A woman with a 35 day cycle will typically ovulate around day 21. An ovulation calendar allows women to chart both the length of their cycle and indicators of fertility throughout the cycle. Once you understand the typical length of your cycle, you can approximate when you should be ovulating. This process is more difficult for women with irregular periods.
Ovulation calendars provide a method for tracking signs of ovulation that go above and beyond the cycle length. The symptoms of ovulation can vary between women. Some women may experience several indicators, others will experience very few. When used in combination with cycle charting, physical ovulation indicators can be very helpful in timing intercourse while trying to conceive. Ovulation indicators include:
- Cervical Fluid – Women should check their cervical fluid daily in order to evaluate changes. Near ovulation cervical fluid increases in amount and resembles the consistency of egg whites.
- Position of Cervix – During a cycle the cervix undergoes many changes. A high cervix that is open and wet is a sign of ovulation. It may take a few months to be able to recognize the changes in cervix via self-checks.
- Basal Body Temperature – Using a basal body thermometer, women should check their temperature first thing in the morning before getting out of bed. Immediately before ovulation, a woman’s basal body temperature will dip followed by a marked increase after ovulation.
Once you’ve used an ovulation calendar for a few months, it becomes easier to anticipate ovulation and the best time to try to conceive.
If you’ve been trying to conceive without success after using an ovulation calendar or other ways of charting your fertility, contact the experts at New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.