How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant With an Ovulation Calendar

Date Added: July 19, 2012 11:01:49 PM
Author: Libra
Category: Health: Women's Health

Trying to conceive can be a frustrating process. However, the going becomes infinitely easier when you enlist the right tools for the job. An ovulation calendar can be a would-be mother's best friend. Knowing when exactly in your cycle you ovulate is essential if you're looking to get pregnant and using a calendar to chart your cycle from beginning to end is an excellent way to take the guesswork out of the equation.


Understanding How an Ovulation Calendar Works

Although each woman's body, hormonal chemistry, and cycle are going to be different from every other woman's, most women do tend to have a cycle that's about 28 days long (4 weeks). The first week of your cycle is actually the week of your period. The second week, your body is releasing the hormones that bring one of your eggs to maturation just before releasing it into the uterus. The egg is released and ready for fertilization approximately 11- 14 days into your menstrual cycle, roughly one week after the end of your period. An ovulation calendar works by helping you not only keep track of when in your cycle you ovulate, but which days of the month are the best days to have sex with the intention of conceiving.


Charting the Signs of Ovulation

In order to get the best results possible out of your fertility calendar, you should physically monitor your body for common signs that ovulation is happening as well. Most women experience a spike in body temperature just before ovulation. When your calendar tells you it's close to its most fertile period, monitor your temperature carefully. When you see your temperature rise slightly, you'll know it's a great time to grab your partner and try for your baby.


Women Who May Have Difficulty with an Ovulation Calendar

A standard ovulation calendar works best for women who have a regular menstrual cycle that lasts the standard 28 days. If your cycle is typically longer or shorter than that, a pregnancy calendar may not be of as much help to you. This is also the case if you tend to have periods that are irregular from one month to the next. If this is the case for you, you may want to consider visiting your physician and asking for advice. He or she may be able to help you figure out when in your cycle you actually ovulate so that you can maximize your chances of getting pregnant. If you have trouble conceiving and you think irregular periods may be the culprit, your doctor can screen you for possible issues that may be making things difficult.

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