Simple Ways to Detect Ovulation
by Stef Daniel
If the key to life is water, then the key to pregnancy is ovulation. Ovulation is the process of releasing an egg from the fallopian tubes into the uterus, where it can wait patiently for a sperm to arrive. The problem is that the whole process of ovulation is short lived and requires such an exact timing mechanism that it can be easy to miss. This is one of the reasons that learning to detect ovulation is important.
Around half of all women know when they are ovulating just by how they feel. They may feel painful tinges or have cramps as the egg is released, which quickly subside. You also will have a tremendous amount of mucous discharge for a few days leading up to and throughout ovulation. This is your body’s way of shepherding the sperm straight to the egg. Another sign of ovulation can be an increased basal body temperature. Other women have no idea. However, as you are trying to conceive you will realize that you become more intuit about your body. If you look for the changes in cervical mucus and the feelings of abdominal pressure – you will have a good barometer for predicting when you are ovulating. Additionally, most women will feel more erroneous during this time of the month – which is your instinctive animal traits coming through.
If you are taking your basal body temperature, then you should do it for at least a few months. You will notice that as ovulation nears, your basal temperature will be raised by a few tenths of a degree. It is important to use a basal thermometer and to chart the changes. Normally, if you have a 28-day cycle, this change will occur around day 14 from the first day of your last period. When the temperature is raised, it is considered your optimum time to conceive.
You can also use ovulation predicting kits to predict ovulation. They measure hormones in your urine that say you are ovulating. You should read the instructions on the box carefully and begin taking the tests around day 10 from the first day of your last period. Some women ovulate earlier in their cycle than others. These tests can be costly, and you should definitely find one that comes with a 7-day kit. The urine should be tested in the morning and evening – because remember you are only working with a short time period of ovulation.
Planning sex to occur at the perfect moment doesn’t necessarily guarantee pregnancy. Remember that a sperm can live in the uterus for several days, which means even if you have intercourse several days before you ovulate – you could still become pregnant.
If you have irregular periods, predicting ovulation on your own can be difficult, even with these simple tools. You may have to take ovulation tests for a month and monitor your body temperature for up to three months. Also, some women may ovulate, but not release an egg. Normally your body releases one egg per month from alternating ovaries. Your body may skip a month, or release two eggs one month (resulting in twins). Stick with it, and learn to understand your body as best you can. And remember, sex can be fun even if you aren’t ovulating, so don’t save intimacy for just one time during the month.
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