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Top ways to find out when you are ovulating

Top ways to find out when you are ovulating
August 01
09:09 2014

If you are looking for signs of ovulation then one thing is sure that you have made your mind to get pregnant and expand your family. Firstly, we would like to wish you all the luck for your pregnancy. Now moving on to ovulation, finding out when you ovulate will help you conceive. Having intercourse around the time of ovulation increases your chances of getting pregnant. Basically, ovulation can be described as the time period when your ovary releases an egg. The egg then gets fertilized by man’s sperm, and you are pregnant.

Two to three days before you ovulate to the day of ovulation are the most fertile days of the month. An egg lives for about 12-24 hours after being released and the sperm can live for 1-5 days in vagina. By knowing when you ovulate, you can time intercourse accordingly and increase your chances of getting pregnant. Now coming to the most important task of finding out your day of ovulation, there are some very simple and popular ways that you can use to know when you are ovulating.

  • Count the days: One of the easiest ways to estimate when you will ovulate is to count days. To start with, figure out the most probable day you start menstruating. From that day count back 12 days and then four more. This five days range is the time period when you are most likely to ovulate. If your menstruation cycle is very irregular then this method can’t be helpful for you. On the other hand, if you have a 28 days cycle (First day of your period is the day 1 and last day before day 1 of your next period is the day 28), then there is increased chance that you may ovulate around day 14.
  • Ovulation pain or Mittelschmerz: Some women experience “middle pain” or “ovulation pain” as they approach ovulation. However, not all women get it. The ovulation pain may stay on the same side or switch sides from one menstrual cycle to another, because ovulation occurs from a random ovary each cycle.
  • Vaginal discharge: There are several different types of vaginal discharge; the one that you have to track here is cervical mucus. Thankfully, cervical mucus changes significantly during your menstrual cycle. The texture, color, and amount of your cervical mucus will change over the course of your cycle. Keeping track of these changes can help you find out when you are ovulating. Starting with your period, you will obviously have menstrual blood.
  • As soon as your period gets over, you are most likely to be dry for several days. After that, you may notice that your cervical mucus is cloudy colored, (these are the days when chances of conceiving are very low). When approaching ovulation the mucus will be more in amount, slippery, stretchy and clear (somewhat like egg white). This type of mucus suggests that it can be your best time to conceive. The slippery quality of mucus makes it easier for the sperm to reach to the egg.
  • Basal body temperature: Basal body temperature is the lowest body temperature that you reach during rest. Before ovulation, it falls slightly and rises later on. So, by taking your BBT every morning (with a special thermometer) you can find your day of ovulation.
  • Use ovulation predictor kit: If you are finding all these discussed ways a little too calculative and tedious, then you can make it simpler by using ovulation predictor kits. These kits help you test your hormone levels. These pee-on-a-stick kits give you positive result the day before you ovulate. This can help you plan your intercourse. These kits detect luteinizing hormone (LH), which triggers ovulation. However, results may vary from person to person, and are NOT necessarily accurate.

We hope you will find all these ways of identifying the signs of ovulation helpful in finding the most fertile time of month and you will be able to conceive soon by implementing these suggestions. Remember to consult your doctor for a healthier pregnancy.

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