Trying to work out when you’re ovulating can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for but once you’re in tune with your body you’ll have a much better chance of falling pregnant. Remember that there is a very small window each month around the time of ovulation when you’re likely to fall pregnant, so timing is pertinent.
Here are some ways that you can predict your ovulation and start trying!
Keep track of your menstrual cycle on a calendar
Ovulation normally occurs about halfway through your cycle. The easiest way to work out when that will be is to count the first day of your period as day one and the day prior to the first day of your next period as the last day of your cycle. Of course many women aren’t regular so this can be a tricky way of predicting ovulation, but if you chart your menstrual cycle over a few months you should start to get a general idea of when you’re ovulating.
Record your basal temperature
Basal body temperature (or BBT) thermometers can be bought from pharmacies and are a great tool for predicting ovulation over a period of time. Your BBT changes throughout your cycle due to varying hormone levels, so in the first half of your cycle when the oestrogen is more prominent your temperature will be cooler, whereas in the second half of your cycle after ovulation has occurred and the progesterone is increased your temperature will be higher. By plotting your temperature on a chart over the course of a few months you should eventually be able to see a pattern and predict when you’re likely to be ovulating.
Recognise the signs from your body
When your period finishes you’ll find that the level of cervical mucus that your body is producing is very little or non-existent and as the cycle progresses the amount of mucus will increase. Early on in your cycle your mucus is probably white and cloudy but as your get closer to ovulation it will change to a clearer colour and will become more slippery, the consistency almost like an egg white. A good test for your mucus is to try and stretch it between your fingers. If you can get it to stretch a few inches long before it breaks you know you’re getting close to ovulation.
Another sign of ovulation can be a one sided back pain or a series of cramps on one side of your abdomen. In the past you may have brushed this off as a twinge that has no significance but in reality it’s a sign from your ovaries that the egg is ripening and getting ready to be released.
Buy an ovulation predictor test
If you can’t be bothered checking your temperature or messing around with your mucus every day then consider purchasing an ovulation predictor kit which measures the level of luteinising hormone in your urine. The hormone levels peak just before ovulation so by simply peeing on a stick you’ll be able to find out whether you’re about to ovulate or not.
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