What are my fertile days?

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When you’re trying to get pregnant, the whole key to success is timing. You must keep accurate records and follow the details of your body’s cycle. For most people, it takes about six to eight months to achieve pregnancy. This each month you learn a little more about how your body works and each month will get you a little closer to achieving your goal.

Tracking your period

The first piece of information to gather is the number of days between your periods. Mark your calendar on the day you get your period. This is considered Day One. Count each day until your next period starts and that is again considered Day One and the cycle starts again. After three or four months you will get a sense of the regularity of your cycle. Most cycles are 28 days long. They are usually between 23 and 35 days long and can vary month to month.

Figuring your ovulation

Conception will occur when sperm meets egg. This happens during a small window of time which happens at ovulation. Ovulation is when the egg is released from the ovary and starts moving down the fallopian tube toward the uterus. So crossing ovulation with intercourse is important. You can figure out when that occurs.

If your cycle is regular. If you are working a 28 cycle then then ovulation will occur at Day 14.

If your cycle is irregular Track your temperature daily (preferably at the same time of day every day) and write it on your calendar. One of the telltale signs of ovulation is that a woman’s basal body temperature will rise slightly. This could be as small as half a degree so use a good thermometer. You can also use an ovulation predictor kit available at most pharmacies. These measure the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the urine. LH increases when your ovaries are about to release an egg. You can also watch for a thickening of the cervical mucus. As the body preps for ovulation, it produces larger quantities of thin, clear cervical mucus. This substance helps the sperm meet the egg.

When to have intercourse

It’s one of life’s ironies that sperms lives for days while eggs are viable for hours. There is no such thing as too much sex or an optimum position. Try having sex at least every other day beginning five days before ovulation and continuing until the day after ovulation.

Source: Parents


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