Finding out exactly of and when you ovulate and when your ovulation happens should be the very first step in assessing your fertility when trying to get pregnant.
When you are trying to conceive your entire world can revolve around knowing when you are ovulating. There are several ways you can keep track of ovulation at home. While none of these methods will guarantee you will conceive, it will greatly increase your ability to calculate the time you are ovulating and thus your chances for conception will increase as well. You are fertile for the six to seven days before ovulation, the day of ovulation, and the day after ovulation. Because of this narrow window of fertility it is extremely important to know when you are ovulating.
Tracking Your Cycle
Keeping track of your cycle is one of the easiest ways to tell when you are ovulating. If your cycle is predictable it is much easier to predict your ovulation. The first day of your menstrual cycle is the day you first begin bleeding. On an average twenty-eight day cycle ovulation occurs on the fourteenth day. If you cycle is shorter or longer than average you may want to use another method of prediction in conjunction with tracking your cycle.
For the most accurate way to estimate the days of ovulation, try using a calendar to mark the 12th day until the 16th day out from your next menstrual cycle. This, of course, will only give you a base guideline for ovulation and will work most effectively in women who have regular menstrual cycles.
Tracking your temperature is another easy and inexpensive way to know when you are ovulating. During the first two weeks of your menstrual cycle your body temperature is lower than when you are ovulating. By taking your temperature every morning at the same time you will be able to chart your temperature and notice the increase that indicates ovulation. To effectively chart your temperature you must take it prior to any physical activity and begin charting it on the first day of your menstrual cycle.
Ovulation Predictor Kit
An ovulation predictor kit is a more advanced method of predicting ovulation. The kit is much like a pregnancy test in that you expose the test to a urine sample and it tests for specific hormones. This is a more expensive way of predicting ovulation but may be more accurate than other methods.
Predicting ovulation is all about knowing your body and understanding the changes in the body. When trying to predict ovulation for conception, make sure to keep track of your menstrual cycles for a few months in a row to create a baseline for your monthly cycle. After 3 or 4 months, add together all of the time between your cycles and divide by the number of months. That will give you the average time between cycles and thus a better beginning point for ovulation prediction.
Ovulation is the time when the egg is ready to be fertilized. With egg life span only at 12 to 24 hours, it is important to know exactly when your eggs are being released for fertilization.