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General Menstrual Guides

How Do You Know When You’re Ovulating

Figuring out whether they’re ovulating or not is often very tricky for women. Finding this out can help them in knowing what the best time to try conceiving is. There is no specified day for all women so a general method has been devised to judge each woman’s menstrual cycle according to their respective duration.

Instructions

  • The first thing you need to do is buy a calendar. Any calendar will do. There are no special requirements.
  • Count days between successive periods; if the gap is normal, that’s to be considered your cycle length. On the first full day of a bleed, this is day 1. Mark your calendar indicating the number. Mark each day afterward 2,3,4,5 and so on, all the way through your period and until your next period begins. On average, the number of days will be 28 days. But keep in mind, each period is different from the other so the differences between successive periods may be smaller or larger than the average value

  • Once you know the number of days in your cycle, it is easy to figure out when ovulation is likely to begin. Normally ovulation occurs halfway during any menstrual cycle. For example, ovulation will occur on the 14th day for a menstrual cycle comprising 28 days. However, it’s not the exact value as that varies person to person.
  • Checking your cervical mucus and comparing its appearance to guidelines made available thanks to science these days, can provide a quite accurate estimate for the time when ovulation will be on the verge of occurring. You can check it by inserting a finger inside your vagina and observing the consistency of the CM (Cervical Mucus) that you find. If there is virtually no CM, you’re not fertile at the time. If it’s sticky and issues odor, you’re still not fertile. However, once it becomes thick, whiter and increases in quantity, you are beginning your fertile stage, and ovulation will occur soon.
  • If around the middle of the cycle you notice your CM getting thinner and stretchy. If it can be stretched between two fingers without breaking, you have reached your most fertile stage. Ovulation is now about to occur so if you have plans of becoming pregnant, now’s the right time to do the needful. Enjoy moments spent with your partner! If on the other hand, you intend to avoid pregnancy, stay away from sex during this time.
  • At the end of a cycle, CM returns to the state its in prior to ovulation with little to no CM being present.

Important Tips

  • Chart your cycle for 2-3 months to recognize the pattern. This should help in determining the onset of ovulation in your body if you be sensible in using this method. The results achieved are quite accurate in most instances.
  • Record changes in CM on your calendar for easy reference.
  • Mark each entry on the chart with details of your physical and emotional well-being. This can be a great way to recognize ovulation. If you recognize a pattern, it will be easy to recognize the start of ovulation. Go listen to experienced older women talk about their experiences regarding Menstruation; their tips are bound to come in handy.

  • You are likely to get pregnant even if you haven’t ovulated yet. Since sperm can live for several days, it is possible (though not likely) to get pregnant at any time during your cycle. If you are using this method to avoid getting pregnant, I suggest you also implement a second method to make sure there aren’t any chances.
  • Not being pregnant immediately is something you have to consider normal. It’s not probable that the sperm will be fertilized at the first attempt. Therefore, go easy with the worries of infertility.
  • If you have not become pregnant after a year of trying, seek the advice of an OBGYN or fertility specialist. If you are 35 or older, seek advice earlier; after about six months.


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