Written by Pradeep
The journey of pregnancy is quite precious and almost every woman would want to travel this path and end up with a healthy baby. Nurturing the pregnancy through nine months is among the most fulfilling experiences. While this pregnancy happens easily for most women without planning, some women may need to go the mile extra to be able to experience motherhood. There are many tools that help you in your journey of trying to conceive and one of them is the ovulation calendar chart.
Ovulation is one of the important phases that lays the foundation for pregnancy. The release of the egg which then meets the sperm resulting in a blastocyst and implanting itself into the uterus results in a successful pregnancy. Timing the intercourse right is important to allow the right window for the egg and sperm to meet. In this article, we discuss all about the ovulation chart and how you can use this to calculate your fertile window.
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Ovulation calendar chart or ovulation calculator as it is mostly referred to is not as complicated as it sounds. If you are planning to conceive, you first need to know the days in the month when you are most fertile. That way you will know when the best time is to go for an intercourse so that the chances of conceiving are very high.
Most women ovulate approximately 2 weeks before the first day of their menstrual cycle. Therefore for maximum accuracy, you need to know the first day of your last period and how long your cycle is. Based on that you can calculate your ovulation dates that gives you an idea of the entire fertility window. This means you are fertile on the days leading up to your ovulation and these are the best days to go in for an intercourse if you are planning for pregnancy. Besides calculating the dates for ovulation, there are other physical signs that you can look out for to know when you are actually ovulating.
Your basal body temperature normally increases shortly after ovulation. Basal body temperature (BBT) is your body temperature when you wake up in the morning or after a minimum of three hours of uninterrupted sleep. To record your BBT you need to use basal thermometer which is slightly different from the normal thermometers we use in the sense that it records very minute changes in your body temperature. To know whether or not you are ovulating, you need to check your basal body temperature first thing in the morning and every day at the same time.
When you ovulate, you will notice a rise in your basal temperature that lasts until the next menstrual cycle. If the temperature remains slightly higher for three consecutive days, this is an indication that you are ovulating. Remember, the temperature spike will not be more than about 0.2 degrees as compared to the previous 6 days. Only when you make a note of the basal body temperature for 2 months in a row will you be able to notice a pattern to understand your ovulation cycle clearly. And once the pattern is visible you will understand which are the best days in the cycle for you to have intercourse.
Another way to understand your ovulation cycle is through the look and feel of the cervical mucus which is discharged from the vagina. You may be surprised to know that as your hormone level changes during the menstrual cycle, the color and texture of the cervical mucus changes too.
A couple of days after the end of your menstrual cycle, you will notice that your cervical mucus becomes clear and slippery. About three days after this, it can be stretched like a string between your fingers. In the next day or two, you will feel a further change as the mucus becomes more slippery and wets your underwear. This is when you are most fertile. Gradually it becomes dry which means that you have crossed the fertile window. Basically you don’t need to really chart your cervical mucus but just keep on the lookout everyday to understand the change in appearance and consistency.
Here are some sample charts from the Internet to help you understand the ovulation chart better.
To start with you can look up the Internet for sample ovulation charts to know how and what to watch out for to understand your ovulation cycle.
Now that you have understood the basics of an ovulation chart calendar, pinpointing your fertile days will be easy. If you can monitor your ovulation and fertile window for two to three months and plan your baby dance around these days, you can hugely increase your chances of falling pregnant. For those having difficulty getting pregnant, patience is the key. However, if you are not succeeding even after 6 months of timed intercourse, it may be time to see a fertility specialist.