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Pinpointing Fertile Days: 6 Ways to Know

on May 27, 2012

by Tiffany Merritt

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How can you make the most of your babymaking? Start by knowing when you ovulate by reading these 5 body clues.

When are your most fertile days? There are a handful of things that you can do and they pretty much all involve paying pretty close attention to your body. It’s something that’s going to be really important so, while it may seem like a lot of effort and a lot of work I want to really encourage you to get started doing these things. Don’t skip it and just hope for the best. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Conception is surprisingly tricky business and it’s not as easy as you think to get pregnant but with data on your side and having done your homework, you can make the process easier.

Keep track of your cycles

So the very first thing that you need to do during your fertile days is to keep an accurate record of your menstrual cycles. You may assume you know how long they last but if you haven’t been keeping track of exactly when they start, each month or each cycle, you could be off base. So write down the day your cycle starts and the day your cycle ends. For several months, this is just part of the process. You don’t have to do this before you start trying to conceive but get started as soon as you can if you know you want to get started in a couple of months or if you’re trying now just go ahead and start writing that down. It’s important for you to know is your period like clockwork. Do you have a period every 28 days? If so, you’re a pretty strong candidate for ovulating on day 14. Although there’s other factors that you need to research before you know that for sure. Maybe your period will be 23 days; maybe they’re every 33 days. Maybe they vary month-to-month. Maybe you have a high stress job or a high stress environment that you live in and your periods change from one month to the next. In any case for whether they’re regular or irregular, that’s something you need to know.

Monitor your temperature each day

The second thing that you can do is keep track of your temperature-your body temperature. And I’ll explain to you why that matters. You need to record your temperature every single day at the same time. The strategy most women use is that they get a thermometer, they put it right by their bed on their night stand, when that alarm goes off, before they even get out of bed, take the temperature, write it down. Why do you need to know? Well, because when your body ovulates, 24-48 hours after you ovulate- your temperature will rise by about a half a degree. I know, it’s not very much but it’s such a great and helpful sign that you have already ovulated and when you start keeping track of this over a period of a couple of months, you’re going to see a pattern in your body and you’re going to realize when ovulation has already occurred. And by that point, 24-48 hrs after ovulation has occurred it’s too late to fertilize an egg. But once you start to know that information, you can know when you’re about to ovulate, and that’s really important.

Buy a basal body thermometer

Another thing to keep in mind since that temperature change is so slight you may want to consider getting what’s called a basal body thermometer. Receive 1 Free Basal Body Thermometer – Get Yours Now!. They’re sold at drug stores and they’re easy to find but they are just a little more sensitive than your standard run of the mill thermometer. So you may find that they’re really helpful.

Check your cervical mucus

Another thing that you could do, and it’s very low-tech, and it kind of grosses women out for some reason but hey welcome to the world of trying to have a baby, this will not be the only gross thing you do. Another sign for you is to check your cervical mucus. Before you ovulate, and leading up to when you’re going to be ovulating, the cervical mucus in your body, it sort of becomes very thin, very stretchy, very slippery sort of like egg whites. It’s really the best way to describe it. And that really just forms, it’s almost like a web that it forms to try to help the sperm get up to the uterus quickly and do its job to fertilize an egg. After you’ve ovulated, it becomes thicker and then it goes away all together. So again it’s another really important clue for you about when are your most fertile days. When you have that egg white consistency, Aha! That’s when your most fertile days are so – ok maybe it doesn’t sound like the most glamorous thing to do, but it’s really, really helpful.

Ovulation predictor kits

The final thing that you can do, and it is the most expensive and it isn’t necessary, but it could be helpful if you choose to do it, is to buy an ovulation predictor kit. These are sold in drugstores and basically, they’re little sticks that you, well – you pee on every day. Claim Your 20 Free Ovulation Tests – Click Here. And what they’re testing is the LH amount in your body, that’s your luteinizing hormone. If you remember from the ovulation video you get the follicular phase of your cycle and the luteal phase so watching for that surge in your luteinizing hormone to happen that tells you that ovulation is about to happen. So this a pretty accurate test, maybe they’re a little more accurate than some of the other things that I’ve told you but it’s just more expensive. Don’t let that worry you; it’s not the only way to do this. But it could be very helpful in all of these cases, gathering this data, while it may seem tedious, is very helpful for you to really be able to clue in and pinpoint on when your most fertile days are. Because remember, once that egg is released, 12-24 hours it will live on its own, before it dies. That is a brief window and after ovulation happens, it’s too late! And so if you are trying to conceive after that point, maybe you’re having fun, but as far as conception goes, you’re wasting your time. Or if you have it too early, again, it could be fun but you’re not going to achieve your goal.

Talk to your doctor

So this stage is very helpful if you find yourself after, you know many months of trying and collecting this data, still having problems conceiving. It will be very helpful to doctors as well to get a sense for what are your cycles looking like month-to-month, what’s going on with your temperature? Are we having that hormone surge, is it not really happening? What’s going on with your cervical mucus because there are any number of reasons that conception could be a problem, so all of these work, I promise, it’s not vain, it’s going to help you one way or the other.

Next time, we’re going to talk about specific strategies once you narrow it down, when your most fertile days are, where do we go from here.
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Tiffany is a mompreneur & editor whose parenting tips and product recommendations can be found at her popular blog, Stuff Parents Need, where she's busy making life a little less hectic for new parents.

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  • KennethKelly

    Hey I have an irregular period and I have been trying to get pregnant for 5 years and I still havnt had a baby at all so what should I do???

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  • Babywelcome

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  • SumiGreen

    i am 18 years old and trying to become pregnant. i am currently on my period, and my cycle has been about 28 days. when would be a good time to start trying to conceive? i have read multiple articles that explain to me that since i am young, i shouldn’t have a problem trying to conceive. i am perfectly healthy also.

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  • KarenMileski

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    FertiBella ConceiveEasy is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception. FertiBella is specifically designed to stimulate ovulation by regulating hormones and normalizing your cycle. In addition to boosting progesterone levels in the pituitary gland and lengthening your luteal phase, FertiBella is virtually unmatched in placing the cervix into a higher, softer, and more open hyperfertile state during ovulation, to maximize your chances of getting pregnant quick & easy. FertiBella ConceiveEasy is a monthly reproductive support system with 12 different bottled blends, each month is indicated by the number on the label and contains a different pharmaceutical grade blend scientifically formulated to boost your body’s natural fertility month to month. Use the system as prescribed and you will experience success.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    FertiBella ConceiveEasy is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception. FertiBella is specifically designed to stimulate ovulation by regulating hormones and normalizing your cycle. In addition to boosting progesterone levels in the pituitary gland and lengthening your luteal phase, FertiBella is virtually unmatched in placing the cervix into a higher, softer, and more open hyperfertile state during ovulation, to maximize your chances of getting pregnant quick & easy. FertiBella ConceiveEasy is a monthly reproductive support system with 12 different bottled blends, each month is indicated by the number on the label and contains a different pharmaceutical grade blend scientifically formulated to boost your body’s natural fertility month to month. Use the system as prescribed and you will experience success.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Fertility varies between different people and at different times in our lives. While most couples manage to conceive without experiencing any problems, some of us (approximately one in six couples) will have some difficulty.There are plenty of factors to determine the possibility of not conceiving and not only regarding you. If your new partner is over 35 and you have both been trying to conceive for over a year, you should make an appointment to see your doctor and determine possible cause and fertility treatment.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Irregular periods can pose a problem in conceiving because of the difficulty pinpointing the days of ovulation. Getting yourself checked by your doctor can help determine what is causing your irregular periods, and can consequently give you the best options for your treatment. For now, maintain a healthy lifestyle, by eating right, exercising regularly, and reducing stress, to help regulate your cycles.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    When trying to conceive, it is best to time intercourse during fertile days in order to increase the likelihood of conceiving. The best days to conceive are the few days before ovulation and ovulation day itself. In order to determine when these days are, it will require you to track your cycles and charting daily reproductive symptoms, like basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical mucus characteristics. Taking note of the changes in your daily reproductive symptoms will help predict your ovulation days.

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  • EmilyAmbrosia

    I just got my kit in the mail. Do you know – is it more accurate to use the basal body temperature orally or vaginally?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Generally speaking, both are equally accurate. Although, whichever way you prefer, just be sure to take your morning waking temperature using the same method each time for best results.

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  • Sheela16693

    hai… i got married last year.. me any my patner are trying to concieve… my cycle is 26 days but now 2mnth i got irrugular…..

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  • Rosa phila

    I am trying to get pregnant and i desire a baby boy to be preciesed, so when is the best day of my ovulation/fertilty period to have intercourse with my man 14,15,16th day?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    It is best that you have sex during your fertile window, which usually occurs 5-6 days before ovulation or on the 9th or 11th day of your cycle to increase your chances of getting pregnant. These are considered to be your fertile days, since the sperm can stay within your reproductive tract for 5 days before it is finally fertilized by your egg during ovulation.

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  • Leuqar

    I took the depo once after giving birth my daughter is now 2years old i never had a period since & my husband and I are trying to become pregnant NOTHING IS HAPPENING?? what can i do

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Your irregular menstrual cycles are most likely due to your previous Depo Provera
    shot. Conception is already possible as soon as 4 months with Depo Provera, however; its hormonal effects on your body can still prevent you from getting pregnant up to 2 years. It is best that you take note of your ovulation cycles through Ovulation Predictor Kits, and increase your sexual intercourse during your fertile window. Also, you should try to take fertility pills, which can boost your fertility and improve your chances of conceiving.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Your irregular periods are usually caused by hormonal imbalances, and may prevent you from getting pregnant. It is important that you take oral contraceptives or birth control pills, which prevent hormonal fluctuations for at least 2 months in order for you to regulate your period. Once your periods are already normalized, there is a good likelihood for you to get pregnant when trying to conceive.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Yes, Fertibella ConceiveEasy can help regulate your hormonal levels in such a way that it is specifically designed to stimulate ovulation by regulating hormones and normalizing your menstrual cycle.

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  • Keshia Jones

    Hi i just got my order in i wanted to know do i have to wait to my cycle comes on before taking the pills?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    You may begin taking Fertibella ConceiveEasy right away at anytime during your cycle, taking one tablet daily with meals. And to ensure a healthy pregnancy, we recommend you see your doctor for a preconception visit when you’re ready to begin trying to get pregnant.Best of Luck for you!

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  • Keshia Jones

    I just have one more question… when my cycle comes on the first day i start taking the pills…and do i see a doctor after both of the bottles and pills (month 1 and month 2) are gone.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    You may begin taking Fertibella ConceiveEasy right away at anytime during your cycle, taking one tablet daily with meals. And to ensure a healthy pregnancy, we recommend you see your doctor for a preconception visit when you’re ready to begin trying to get pregnant. In addition, it is not quite necessary for you to visit your doctor after 2 months of taking Fertibella ConceiveEasy unless your doctor has prescribed you to.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Aside from taking Fertibella ConceiveEasy; I do suggest that you start tracking your ovulation cycles, avoiding stress, and taking fertility supplements to help enhance your body’s fertility and improve your likelihood of conceiving soon. You should as well try to increase your sexual intercourse during your fertile window, which normally occurs 4 to 5 days before your ovulation. Best of Luck!

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Best of Luck! Aside from taking Fertibella ConceiveEasy, you can improve your likelihood of conceiving by regularly tracking your ovulation cycles, increasing your sexual intercourse during your fertile window which normally occurs 4 to 5 days before your ovulation date. It is also best that you maintain a healthy weight, eat right and most importantly eat right.

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  • babygirl1992

    after I had my son I got on the birth control shots for about 3 years. my son is now 6 and I am no longer on the shots going on 2 1/2 years. I am trying to conceive but have been unsuccessful. I have a irregular cycle but I do track my cycle every month. what are some options for me conceive?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Although conception is already possible as soon as 3 to 4 months after your last Depo Provera shot; its hormonal effects to your body such as irregular menstrual cycles can prevent you from getting pregnant up to 2 years after your last shot. In order for you to boost your chances of conceiving soon, you should try hormone cleansing therapies and start taking natural fertility supplements which can regulate your hormones and induce your ovulation.

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  • Melissa

    I believe my cycle is 29-30 days how can I find out for sure so I know when I do ovulate

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  • Diana

    I have PCOS and my last cycle was July 5-15. My boyfriend and I are trying to start a family and no luck so far. I took two pregnancy test and a blood test so farand no luck. I just ordered the kit a few mins ago. Will the kit help me in anyway cuz I was pregnant last year but had a miscarriage. Is it possible that I can conceive?

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  • ema

    Iya i have bin of the depo for 4mths i havent had a period in bwt 3yrs and trying for a baby recently ive ad really tender breast could this be a sign i am pregnant or not?

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  • maqdelyn

    I am 2 weeks late for my period. I have taken 5 pregnancy test all came out negative. I even went to an ultrasound scan which my doctor confirmed that there is no signs of pregnancy. The problem is I have this throbbing pain on my lower abdomen and back especially on the left side, excess saliva, spotting for a day. Is there any possibility that i might be pregnant as I have a very regular period.

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  • Kisha

    I only had one shot of the depo my period come on and for the three month and now I don’t see my period it’s a month late! What’s going on

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  • Orji Chinyere C.

    does this clomid really work? I started the treatment 2days ago, what do I EXPECT?

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  • winter storm

    I am 3 DPO and i woke up with a little cramping, hot flashes, nausea, tender breast, and and heart burn. Should i wait to take pregnancy test? I’ve never been pregnant…

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  • Farzana

    If my Period is started 28 February, then what is the best time for got Pregnant?

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  • Curiousity

    Is TTC recommended for a couple that may have extended periods of seperation? My husband is in the military and will typically be home 3 months then gone 2 and so on. Is this a treatmeant worth taking only when he is home or better to continue to use all year?

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  • Mishmoo22

    I’ve had the Mirena for 5 years with only 2 periods and recently had it taken out at the end of January. My doc told me I could get pregnant right away but I haven’t. I also wasn’t getting my period. So, after 4 months and many phone calls, I got him to put me on a BC pill (I researched from other sources that this may help to start menstruation again). I took it for 4 days, forgot one day and VIOLA I got my period! Have you heard anything about difficulties with conception after having the Mirena? How long should it take it get pregnant again?

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