Track Your Ovulation Cycle

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Boost your chances of getting pregnant


One of the most effective ways to boost your chances of getting pregnant is to track your ovulation cycle. Generally speaking, ovulation occurs at the halfway point in your cycle. Cycle length can vary from one woman to another. An “average” cycle is considered 28 days, but many women have shorter or longer cycles (from 22 to 44 days), and some women have cycles that vary from month to month. To determine your two most fertile days each month (i.e., the days you want to be intimate), you need to understand your own personal monthly cycle and exactly when ovulation is about to occur.

Ovulation predictor kits like the First Response Daily Digital Ovulation Test can help you pinpoint when you’re ovulating so you know the best days to be intimate. You are most likely to get pregnant if you have intercourse within 24-36 hours after you detect your personal LH surge.

Use First Response Ovulation Test Kits to predict your most important Fertile Days.

Other ways to predict ovulation include tracking your basal body temperature (BBT), which is your body temperature at rest when you’ve been inactive and calm for several minutes. Tracking it can help pinpoint when you ovulating. You can track your temperature with homemade charts or use the blank ones in Toni Weschler’s book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Be sure to use a special thermometer for tracking BBT, which is available in most drugstores, as a fever thermometer is not as accurate.

For most women, the body undergoes subtle changes as it goes through its monthly cycle. Paying attention to your own body is another way you can predict ovulation. Your cervical mucus helps sperm get through the cervix, to the uterus, and up to the fallopian tubes to meet up with the egg. Because of this, as estrogen levels rise and you begin to ovulate, your body makes more cervical mucus. When it becomes clear, slippery and stretchy (aka egg white cervical mucus or EWCM), it’s a good bet you’re at your most fertile.