How to Calculate Ovulation Cycle
on Nov 03, 2012
by Alyssia Granger
Charting your ovulation cycles is actually very easy and can really help you a lot in figuring out when you are most likely to get pregnant.
Charting and tracking your ovulation cycle is a big part in trying to conceive. If you know when you are ovulating, you can figure out when you are most likely to get pregnant. This is very important, and if you are actively trying to conceive, then by the time you are done you are likely to be an expert at tracking your ovulation cycle. However, if you are just getting started, here is what you need to know. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
First of all, you need to start by figuring out how long your average menstrual cycle is. You count day one as the first day of your period and your cycle goes until you start your period again. Keep track of the days, and once you start your period again, the day before that is the last day of your ovulation cycle. Most women have a cycle of between 28 and 30 days. By counting your cycle for several months, you will be able to really start to see a pattern and figure out when you are ovulating each month.
Now that you know the length of your cycle, start marking it on the calendar each month. That way you can keep track.
Now, starting from the LAST day of your cycle, count backwards 17 days. That day is the day that you are most likely to ovulate. Most women believe that they ovulate 14 days after their period starts, but that is not always true, so it is very important to chart your cycles for a few months so you know exactly when you are ovulating. To get pregnant, you should have sex a couple of days before that day, or right around that day. There are also a few other ways to chart your ovulation cycle.
You can get a special thermometer and chart your BBT, or Basal Body Temperature each day. You will notice a small spike when you are ovulating. There is also another way to calculate when you are ovulating. After your period ends, you can check your cervical mucus each day. When your cervical mucus is watery and like egg whites, that is when you are ovulating. If you are looking for a more accurate way to check when you are ovulating, there are tons of over the counter ovulation prediction kits on the market that are very inexpensive and available at local drugstores everywhere. There are also a ton of online ovulation calculators that can help you to determine when you will ovulate. Once you get the hang of it, charting your ovulation cycles is actually very easy and can really help you a lot in figuring out when you are most likely to get pregnant.
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.