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Ovulation Charting Methods
Fertility awareness involves using a variety of methods to track the normal functions of your body to determine the optimal times for conception. Proper tracking can highlight fertile days out of your monthly cycle.
To figure out the best time to get pregnant, you can try each natural conception method individually or combine a method with an ovulation test kit. Natural methods include the calendar method, the basal body temperature method (BBT), and/or the cervical mucus method to determine when your body is most fertile.
Becoming aware of your menstrual cycle is the first step in using the calendar method. The average woman has a menstrual cycle between 28 to 32 days. Day 1 actually being the first day of your period. Approximately around days 7 to 21; ovulation will occur in a healthy female. Around day 28, the hormone levels in your body will drop and the uterine lining starts to shed (actual shedding is the first day of your next cycle).
Women using the calendar method should track their menstrual cycles for at least 6 months prior to wanting to conceive. This method will take into account your first day of your last menstrual cycle, the average length of your cycle (generally not recommended for cycles less than 27 days) and the length of days past ovulation (luteal phase). This method can help determine trends and abnormalities in your monthly cycle. Using an advanced charting application can make this easier for you.
Basal Body Temperature- This method requires charting your basal body temperature over the length of your cycle. There is a change in your BBT that will occur directly after ovulation and will continue to remain elevated until your next period. After you have charted your BBT for a few cycles, you can look through them to determine the pattern of your BBT when ovulation is expected or anticipated. To do this, take your temperature every morning using a basal thermometer (temperatures generally only escalate between 0.4 and 1 degree Fahrenheit when you ovulate). You will then record your temperature on a chart. It is recommended to take your temperature first thing in the morning and keep the time consistent each day. What to look for.
Another popular option is the cervical mucous method.
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