Every married couple has some sort of family planning, and after some time they plan for a child, and add a new member to their life. This makes them take the decision of conceiving a child. The couple who is planning to have a child, plans their sexual activity in a way that the woman is able to conceive. If the couple knows how to predict ovulation, it would be helpful for them, as the possibility of conceiving increases. When a mature egg from the female’s ovarian follicle is released, it is known as ovulation. When this ovum or egg is fertilized, the woman conceives. If the woman knows how to predict the ovulation period, it will be helpful for her pregnancy. If she knows the days when her body is most fertile, she has positive chances of pregnancy by a sexual intercourse in those days.
Ovulation can be determined by various methods. However, you can predict ovulation by observing the changes and observing the signs in your body. The body signs can tell you that the ovulation is impending. However, here are some methods that will help you predict your ovulation.
- If you have a regular menstrual cycle, you can predict your ovulation period. For this, you need to know the dates of your menstrual cycle. You will need a calendar for this.
- On this calendar mark the day when your menstrual cycle begins. This is the day when your menstruation begins. Follow this for almost six months.
- Count the number of days between one cycle and the beginning of next cycle. The number of days helps you determine your menstrual cycle.
- When you follow it for sometime, you realize that you have a set pattern with a variation of 1 or 2 days.
- A menstrual cycle is usually of 28 days but the cycles of 20-35 days are also very common.
- To calculate your ovulation period, subtract fourteen days from the date when the next period begins. For example, 27-14= 13, so one week from 13 will be the most fertile period. If you wish to conceive, it is advisable to have a sexual intercourse on alternate days in this week.
Cervical Mucus Changes:
The changes in cervical mucus helps you determine your ovulation period. With the progression of the cycle, the volume and texture of the cervical mucus increases. The higher the volume and more the changes in texture, means higher estrogen levels in your body. When the cervical mucus is most slippery, stretchy and clear, you are most fertile. Having intercourse during this period will lead to positive chances of pregnancy.
Method to check the cervical mucus:
- Insert two fingers in your vagina and reach your cervix
- Your fingers should be on each side of the cervix
- Press against the cervix gently
- Open the cervix and collect the fluid. Slowly remove your fingers.
- Pulling your fingers apart will help you determine the texture and stretchiness of your mucus
- Checking the mucus just after or before the intercourse will give you misleading observations.
When the mucus looks like egg whites, it is considered to be the most fertile cervical mucus. Plan your intercourse when the cervical mucus is most fertile.
Discomfort in the lower abdomen:
Some women actually experience the ovulation activity in their body. They experience mild lower abdomen ache or twinges of pain. These signs last for few minutes or in some cases for few hours. This is a sign that helps you predict your ovulation.
Basal Body Temperature:
- Purchase a thermometer. The basal temperature is the temperature of your body when you wake up in the morning.
- Make a note of your basal body temperature for a few months. This will help you understand that the days when your body’s basal temperature rises, your ovulation is impending.
- However, for this it is necessary that you wake up every morning at the same time. Note the temperature as soon as you wake up. This will again help you determine your most fertile days.
Ovulation Predictor Kit:
There are some kits available in the market that helps you predict your ovulation more accurately. These kits detect the LH Surge the pre-ovulation hormone in your body.
The kit gives you the ‘direction to use’. Follow these directions to get more accurate predictions.
Predicting ovulation becomes difficult due to variation in menstrual cycles. It varies depending on the body structure, age, level of stress and exertion, etc. Sometimes a cycle is missed, and it is not necessarily a medical issue but the outcome of diet, exertion, stress, etc. However, occurring of such irregularities again and again must be consulted with your doctor. Do not ignore if you are not very much aware of all this, and consult a gynecologist at the earliest.