How do I know if I am ovulating

  1. Check the calendarKeep a menstrual calendar for a few months so you can get an idea of what’s normal for you — or use tools that can help you calculate ovulation. If your periods are irregular, you’ll need to be even more alert for other signs of ovulation, so read on.

  2. Listen to your bodyIf you’re like 20 percent of women, your body will send you a memo when it’s ovulating, in the form of a twinge of pain or a series of cramps in your lower abdominal area (usually localized to one side — the side you’re ovulating from). Calledmittelschmerz — German for “middle pain” — this monthly reminder of fertility is thought to be the result of the maturation or release of an egg from an ovary. Pay close attention, and you may be more likely to get the message.

  3. Chart your temperature: That is, your basal body temperature, or BBT. Taken with a special thermometer (yes, you guessed it, a basal body thermometer), your BBT is the baseline reading you get first thing in the morning, after at least three to five hours of sleep and before you get out of bed, talk, or even sit up. Your BBT changes throughout your cycle as fluctuations in hormone levels occur. During the first half of your cycle, estrogen dominates. During the second half of your cycle (once ovulation has occurred), there is a surge in progesterone. Progesterone increases your body temperature as it gets your uterus ready for a fertilized, implantable egg. Which means that in the first half of the month, your temperature will be lower than it is in the second half of the month, after ovulation. Confused? Here’s the bottom line: Your BBT will reach its lowest point at ovulation and then rise immediately and dramatically (about a half a degree) as soon as ovulation occurs. Keep in mind that charting your BBT for one month will not enable you to predict the day you ovulate but rather give you evidence of ovulation after it has occurred. Charting your BBT over a few months, however, will help you to see a pattern to your cycles, enabling you to predict when ovulation will occur in future months — and when to hop into bed accordingly.Charting your basal body temperature and cervical mucus is a natural, free way to learn your body’s patterns so you can predict ovulation. And that’ll help you know when to have sex if you want to conceive.Then take a look at sample chart to see what a chart looks like when it’s all filled out. Remember that every woman’s cycle is different, and yours may not look like the sample or even be the same month to month.After that, you’re ready to start. Print out a copy (or five or six) of our blank chart, buy a basal thermometer (available at most drugstores), and get charting! Here’s what to do:
  • Starting with the day you get your period, fill in the dates and days of the week that correspond to your menstrual cycle. (The day you get your period is cycle day 1.)
  • Each day, take your temperature with a basal thermometer and check your cervical mucus. Put a dot on the chart next to the temperature that matches what you read on your thermometer and record what your cervical mucus looks like. You can connect the dots to see how your basal temperature fluctuates from day to day.
  • Toward the end of your cycle, go back and look for the day you ovulated. It’s usually the last day that your cervical mucus looks like raw egg whites or the day afterward, and it’s followed two to three days later by a sustained bump in temperature. Highlight that day and take note of what cycle day it was.
  • During your next cycle, fill out the chart again and see whether you ovulate on the same cycle day or not. When you do this for a few months, you may start to see a pattern that will enable you to predict when in your cycle you ovulate.
  • Figure out your pattern. If you ovulate on or near the same day in each cycle, you’re in luck! Now you know when you’ll be ovulating next cycle (and therefore when to have sex). If your day of ovulation varies, use your charts to see whether any other pattern emerges – for example, when you’re about to ovulate, you have two or three days of egg white cervical mucus and then your temperature takes a little dip before rising the next day. Every woman’s body is different, so it’s up to you to read the signs.
  • Have sex at least every other day during your most fertile period for the best chance of conceiving. Your most fertile period is about five days long: from three days before ovulation until one day after. You can start a little earlier if you want – some women have gotten pregnant from sex that happened six days before they ovulated……………Continued on next page


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How to use Basal Body Temperature and cervical mucus to predict ovulation

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