Although pregnancy may come across as effortless and seemingly natural, there is a lot that goes on in your body which ultimately leads to fertilization of the egg. Amongst these is the process of ovulation.
Ovulation occurs when the ovaries release one or more eggs into the fallopian tube. The egg then waits to get fertilized by the sperm. How and when ovulation occurs is difficult to predict but with these few tips, one can pin down the exact day and get set for baby making.
Ovulation generally occurs somewhere mid cycle for the average woman who has a 28 day menstrual cycle. That means ovulation is more likely to occur between the 14th and 16th day of the cycle counting from the 1st day of the period. However this is at best a rough guess because a lot of women have cycles which vary from 28-35 days and this too is considered normal. One way of being more accurate is to see your average cycle length for a few months and then predict the exact date of ovulation.
Basal Body Temperature
Keeping a track of your basal body temperature will help you predict when exactly you will ovulate. For this you need special basal body temperature thermometers. The temperature should be checked throughout the month the first thing in the morning before getting up, sitting up or eating anything. The Basal body temperature tends to be lowest at the time of ovulation and then rises dramatically within a day or so after ovulation. Thus charting your BBT will give you a window of opportunity of 2-3 days when fertilization chances are highest. After monitoring your basal body temperature for a few months you can pinpoint exactly when you are likely to ovulate.
Another indicator of ovulation is the cervical mucous which makes your underwear sticky. This tends to increase in quantity and change in consistency as ovulation approaches. In the initial days of your periods this will be cloudy and white and will break when trying to stretch on the finger tips. As ovulation approaches this becomes thin, translucent and very sticky with egg like consistency. It will stretch without breaking on the finger tips. This means that you are about to ovulate and this is the best time to try for a baby.
Know Your Cervix
As ovulations nears, there are remarkable changes in your body, one of which is the position of the cervix. In the beginning of your cycle this is hard, high up and closed. But as you begin to ovulate, the cervix becomes soft, loose, in order to allow entry of sperm and comes lower down in position. The changes are subtle and only an experienced woman who regularly monitors her cervix can tell the difference.
Some women also experience abdominal pain on the side in the middle of their cycles which is an indication that the egg has matured and has been released from the ovary.
Ovulation Predictor Kits
These are able to exactly pin point the date of ovulation by measuring the levels of the leuteinizing hormone or LH. This hits its peak just before ovulation occurs. All you have to do is urinate on a stick and wait for the results.
Knowing the indicators can help you know when you are most likely to ovulate and can maximize your chances of getting pregnant. This is especially true for women who are trying very hard to conceive.