Although getting pregnant can be something that comes naturally to some couples, there are some couples who find it hard to conceive no matter how long they have been trying. Problems in conception is caused by a lot of factors.
However, there are times when it is just the timing that is not right especially for women who have irregular menstrual cycles. Knowing the most fertile days of a woman helps a lot in increasing the chances of conceiving since the couple knows when the right time to have sex is.
Tracking ovulation helps a lot in determining the fertile days to keep your baby-making efforts at the perfect time. There are different ways to track ovulation and here are some of the most popular and accurate methods.
Ovulation Test Kit
A reliable ovulation test kit works like a pregnancy test kit. All you need is to take a urine sample to determine whether you are ovulating or not. Getting a positive result on this test means that in the next few hours you will be ovulating, making it a perfect time to try to conceive. For those with regular cycles, you could start taking the test around the 10th day of your cycle. If you have irregular periods, look for other physical symptoms of ovulation as a signal to start testing.
If you have regular menstrual cycles, this method is suitable for you. In the calendar method, you’ll need to keep track of your menstrual history to help predict when you’ll be ovulating. If you have a regular cycle around 26 to 32 days, your most fertile days would be around the 8th and 19th day of your cycle.
Basal Body Temperature
Another natural way to track ovulation is by monitoring the basal body temperature. Using a thermometer, take your temperature first thing in the morning before getting up from the bed. Take note of it and monitor the changes daily. When your body temperature drops at its lowest reading and rises in the next day, it is the sign that ovulation already happened. This means that you are fertile in the next few days.
Changes in Cervical Mucus
Cervical mucus is present on a daily basis. However, it changes a little bit in quality when you are about to ovulate. When ovulation is near, the mucus discharge looks thinner, clear, and more slippery to touch – almost similar in consistency with egg whites. Try to check your mucus discharge regularly to notice if there are certain changes which signals ovulation.
When Should You Consult a Doctor?
If you have exhausted all your efforts and methods but still haven’t succeeded in getting pregnant, it could be a good time to consult the doctor instead. Your difficulty in conceiving may be caused by some underlying problems like infertility or hormonal imbalance and needs to be treated first before you could conceive successfully.
There are so many ways to track ovulation and it is all up to you on which one suits your situation and preference.