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Women trying to get pregnant often become frustrated when they miss their period but have a negative pregnancy test. What most don't realize is that when trying to conceive, the single most important factor is finding out if and when ovulation happens. Ovulation is when the egg is ejected from the ovary. If you miss your period and you know if and when ovulation happened then there are only 2 possibilities:

  1. You are not pregnant and your period comes 15 or so days later.
  2. You are pregnant and your period does not come 15+ days later.

If you don't know if and when ovulation happened, then you don't know when your period is supposed to come. Women who don't ovulate usually do not get their periods or they have irregular spotting and bleeding.

The most fertile days to make love are the 1-2 days before ovulation and the day of ovulation. Making love after ovulation is unlikely to get you pregnant.

There are several ways to find out if and when you ovulate. If you have a very regular menstrual cycle then having a fertility or ovulation calculator and calendar may be helpful.

Some methods of finding out when you ovulate can be easily done at home, while others require more sophisticated testing.

Ten Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation

  1. Changes in the cervix (mucus, position, consistency, etc)
  2. Abdominal bloating
  3. A rise in basal body temperature
  4. Saliva ferning
  5. Breast or nipple soreness or tenderness
  6. Increased LH levels in urine
  7. Mittelschmerz: Mild pelvic or lower abdominal pain
  8. Slight vaginal spotting or discharge
  9. Libido changes, eg Increased sexual desire
  10. Nausea or headaches

When trying to get pregnant the #1 information to know about is The "BIG O" (ovulation). It is essential to find out with enough certainty whether and when you ovulate (find out about the #2 information  HERE).

Your chances of getting pregnant each month are 20-25% more if all of the following 5 conditions are met:

  1. You ovulate (you should monitor your body to ensure you ovulate)
  2. He has enough motile viable sperms
  3. You made love during the 4-5 fertile days
  4. Your fallopian tubes are open
  5. You are under 35 years old

Your chances decrease significantly if one or more of these conditions are not met.

If you are pregnant then a pregnancy test is usually positive 15+ days after ovulation. That's why knowing the exact day of ovulation is crucial in improving your chances of getting pregnant.

Making sure that you ovulate and finding out exactly when you ovulate will very likely improve your chances of getting pregnant. That's why checking ovulation signs and symptoms is crucial, especially when taking Clomid (clomiphene citrate).