How to Know Your Most Fertile Days

Whether you are trying to become pregnant or trying to avoid becoming pregnant, one of the most important things you will need to know is how to detect when your body is ovulating. This is how you will obtain information of when your body is at its most fertile point. There are certain rules of thumb to follow and certain methods of detecting your most fertile periods. Some of them are more trustworthy than others, and you must also keep in mind that your body can change at any time. One of the most reliable methods is ovulation detection. However, it is never suggested to use ovulation detection alone for the purpose of birth control. For the woman who would like to become pregnant, knowing when her body is ovulating is a vital part of the process. Following is some pertinent information on ovulation, as well as some of the most common methods of detecting ovulation and some tell tale signs to look for.

When Am I at My Most Fertile?

A woman is at her most fertile period just before, during and after ovulation. Ovulation is the term used to describe the process of an egg being released by the ovary and driven down through a woman’s fallopian tube. If the egg is fertilized, the result will be that the woman will become pregnant. However, if the egg is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus, which has thickened significantly in preparation of a fertilized egg, will begin to shed. The egg and uterine lining will be disposed of naturally through the process of menstruation.

Ovulation generally occurs between 10 and 14 days from the last date of the last menstrual period. While this is a rule of thumb to follow, there are certain factors such as stress and illness which can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, as well as her ovulation cycle. This is why many fertility doctors suggest tracking ovulation with specific measures.

Ovulation Detection Kits

Ovulation Detection Kits can be found in just about any pharmacy or store that carries over the counter pregnancy tests. The way these kits work is that they use a series of chemicals which are designed to detect the presence of LH (Luteinizing Hormone) in the urine. Usually, once an LH surge occurs an egg follows sometime within 12 to 24 hours thereafter. Reading the results of an ovulation detector is quite simply, just as simple as reading the color change on a pregnancy test. The test typically comes with a strip that is used to determine when the highest level of LH is present. Most of these over the counter kits also come with extensive instructions, making it almost impossible to make a mistake if those instructions are followed carefully. In addition, many physicians will recommend a specific product and will usually provide basic details when doing so.

Proper Timing When Using an Ovulation Detection Kit

Proper timing is essential in using an ovulation detection kit. Unlike an over the counter pregnancy test in which many doctors recommend using your first morning urine, these tests are more accurate when a sample from the second urine of the day is used. If for some reason you should not have enough time to run the sample at the exact moment of your second urine, the urine may be stored in the refrigerator and the test run later in the day. There are some doctors who will suggest running the test two times per day; however, the most common opinion is that once per day is adequate. If you should get a positive result, there will be no reason to continue testing. This will be nothing more than a waste of money. Once the test strip indicates a positive result for LH, ovulation will follow.

Can I Tell When I Am Ovulating?

This is a common question and the answer is, sometimes. There are many women who report feeling a cramp like pain in one side or the other during ovulation. Keep in mind that a woman’s ovaries alternate each month. This means that one month the left ovary will drop the egg and the next the right. Some women have also reported only getting cramps every other month. This can be an indication of one ovary being a bit more sensitive than the other. There are other physical signs that have been reported but among them, this is one of the most prominent.

Basil Body Temperature Chart

Another excellent way to determine when the process of ovulation is occurring is to keep track of changes in a woman’s body temperature. This is done by charting the body temperature everyday, starting with the first day of the menstrual cycle. A thermometer should be kept close to the bed so that a woman may check her temperature each morning just after waking. While regular thermometers will suffice, there are special basil thermometers available which can be purchased in most drug stores. The most important thing is that the exact same thermometer be used at all times. The body temperature will begin to rise slightly about two days prior to ovulation and will continue to rise progressively. These higher temperatures will last until the first or second day of the next menstrual cycle. For this reason it is important to determine the difference between normal fluctuations in temperature and steady ovulation increases in temperature. This is why charting all occurrences which may have an impact on body temperature is important, such as illness, excessive drinking or even stress.

Fertility can decrease significantly with age. There are also a lot of factors which may cause a woman to become even more fertile, such as the period just following the birth of a child. There are many issues which can cause a woman to become less fertile. The good news is there are many advances in fertility treatments. If you would like to become pregnant but have been having trouble doing so, try speaking with your physician to see what kind of options are available to you.

1 comment

  1. Mummy j Reply
    May 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Just what I needed to know about ovulation. I had painful cramps on my left belly, and a rise in basal temperature so I used that day having had the most signs.

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