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Will You Conceive this Valentine's Day?
Valentine’s Day: A day to spend with your significant other focusing on the reasons why you love each other so much. If you’re trying to conceive, it might be more of a quick “I love you, and I might be ovulating, so I’ll meet you in the bedroom in ten minutes.” Rather than going on a hunch or a slight twinge of ovulation pain that most women don’t even notice, here are three more reliable methods of tracking ovulation so you can spend the rest of the evening celebrating one another:
- Use an Ovulation Prediction Kit (OPK). OPKs are over the counter tests that measure ovulation by hormone levels in your urine. Use the kit of five tests every day for five days. When ovulation is near, you will see a positive reading on the test, signaling you are at your most fertile time.
- Chart your basal body temperature. Using an oral thermometer, check your temperature each morning before you get out of bed. Write down your temperature on a chart or graphing paper. When you notice a spike of more than 0.4 degrees in temperature, you are likely ovulating. It may take three months to notice a pattern to predict when you ovulate each month.
- Chart your cervical mucus and cervical position. Your cervical mucus and cervical position change throughout the course of your menstrual cycle. Your cervix will be soft, high, and open and your cervical mucus will become wet and sticky around the time of ovulation.
Check out these articles to learn more about ovulation:
How Do I Know When I’m Ovulating?
In the Know: Charting your Basal Body Temperature and Cervix
Timing Sex to Get Pregnant
If you suspect you are not ovulating or have not gotten pregnant despite well-timed intercourse, it might be time to consult a fertility doctor. Contact our Patient Care Coordinators at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or by filling out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me Form to connect with a trusted fertility doctor in your area. For social and emotional support to help you cope with infertility, visit FertileThoughts.com.