Although there are so many technological tools available now to help us women get pregnant, we are forgetting the only necessary equipment we actually need are our bodies! We are already capable of being our own ovulation calculators.
The best way to make the most of this is to learn how our body works, and how pregnancy can be achieved based on our natural cycles. Understanding the menstrual cycle and the mechanism of ovulation are the keys to getting this information. This may not be as quick as using the ovulation predictor/calculator, but will be more rewarding and hopefully more successful in your objective to get pregnant.
As mentioned above, the first step to take is to learn about the menstrual cycle. A normal, healthy woman that is not taking any form of birth control and is on a regular cycle will have a period between every 28-34 days. The first day of her period is the first day of the cycle, and from this day up to 28-34 days before the next period makes one cycle.
The cycle is divided into a pre-ovulation period and post-ovulation period. Pregnancy only occurs when there is ovulation, or the release of egg by the ovary. If there is no egg released, there is no chance of getting pregnant.
The most fertile time is in the few days preceding ovulation. Once the egg has been released and ovulation has occurred, pregnancy cannot happen in that particular cycle anymore.
Now that you know what is required to get pregnant, the next step is to find out which days in your own cycle should be the time to try getting pregnant. Given a regular 28-day cycle, it is logical to assume that ovulation occurs right in the middle, so day 14 would be the estimated date of ovulation. But because each one of us are not equally the same, so it is with our menstrual cycles and ovulation days.
Some women ovulate earlier than day 14, some after. So instead of pinpointing the ovulation day to an exact date, it is best to expand the days and make it an ovulation period, which is usually a few days before the middle day, and a few days after.
A more accurate way to tell is to look out for signs that you are about to ovulate. One method involves observing and charting the quality of your cervical fluid. Although, most women experience having no fluid, or maybe just a scant, sticky kind of fluid.
As you go nearer to ovulation, the fluid changes to a thicker and a bit wetter sort of fluid, resembling lotion for some. There is some variation in the fluid preceding ovulation, but the key is to be aware of when the shift to pre-ovulatory occurs.
In order for sperm to be able to survive in the unfamiliar vagina and get to the released egg, it needs a nourishing environment. The fluid outside the period of ovulation is not a good one for the survival of the sperm.
But, around ovulation time, the fluid produced by the cervix is copious and stretchy. It can keep the sperm alive for up to 5 days before ovulation even happens.
So the key is to observe the fluid and a clear stretchy, “egg white” fluid indicates you are entering your fertile phase and will likely release an egg soon.
The clear, stretchy fluid can resemble mucus coming from your nose, and is a very good healthy sign that your egg is coming! Sometimes the fluid can be blood streaked, and this is a greater sign of fertility.
Some people experience pre-ovulatory muscle cramps. Some get sore breasts. These are all individual signs that you should be more observant of. Given all these clues, who needs those ovulation calculators? Just listen to and observe your body!
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