Fertility awareness (also called natural family planning or FAM) is a method to check the regular changes in a woman's body as it goes through during a menstrual cycle. This information can help you learn when you are fertile, if and when you ovulate, and when to have intercourse to improve your chances getting pregnant (or not getting pregnant).

A woman is usually able to get pregnant for about 5 days each month, the day of ovulation and the 4-5 days before the day of ovulation. On average, ovulation occurs 14 days before the next menstrual period begins. So ovulation would occur on about day 14-15 of a 28-day menstrual cycle, or day 21 of a 35-day cycle. Sperm can live for 4 to 5 days in a woman's reproductive tract, so it is possible to become pregnant if sex occurs up to 4-5 days before ovulation, but yoiur best chances getting pregnant is when you have intercourse the day of ovulation and the 1-2 days prior to that day.

Fertility Awareness Guide - Natural Family Planning

Learn all about fertility awareness and natural family planning through this informative guide. ... read more »

Egg White Cervical Mucus (EWCM)

Egg white cervical mucus ( EWCM) is a type of cervical fluid that is produced right before ovulation, during a time when you are most fertile. ... read more »

When Is The First Day of The Menstrual Cycle?

The first day of the menstrual cycle is also the first day of your menstrual period and that is the very first day you observe bright red blood. Brown spotting is not considered a menstrual period. ... read more »

Implantation Symptoms Bleeding & Spotting

Implantation happens on average about 9 days after ovulation/fertilization and is required for the fetus to continue to grow. There are certain implantation symptoms that every TTC woman should know about. ... read more »

How Many Days Am I Fertile Each Month?

Many couples want to know how many days each month they can get pregnant but there are things you need to know first, such as, when do you ovulate and how long are your menstrual cycles? ... read more »

When Am I Most Fertile?

Couples who are trying to conceive naturally wonder when they are more fertile. They are several ways to track your most fertile days to conceive. ... read more »

Fertility Awareness: Why Can't We Get Pregnant?

We have been trying to conceive for a long time, but can't get pregnant. Why? Getting a fertility test is recommended to determine the cause of why you can't get pregnant ... read more »

What is Cervical Mucus Good For

CM or cervical mucus regulates fertility and its physical properties change during the menstrual cycle. ... read more »

Tips on How To Get Pregnant Fast

Everything you need to know about how to get pregnant faster and maximize fertility. ... read more »

Sperm Survival in Cervical Fluid

How long can sperm survive in cervical fluid? ... read more »

Probability Determination of Ovulation

How does BabyMed rate the probability, such as the probability of ovulation, in the BBT curve? ... read more »

Not Enough Cervical Mucus

Q: Is this a problem to not have enough cervical mucus  when we TTC? ... read more »

Not Enough Cervical Fluid

What should if I don't have enough cervical fluid? ... read more »

No Cervical Mucus After Cone Biopsy

A cone biopsy, LEEP or laser treatment can affect fertility and decrease your ability to get pregnant because they destroy cervical glands. ... read more »

Chapter 8: Cervical Mucus

Checking your cervical mucus for fertility charting can improve your chances of getting pregnant. ... read more »

Cervical Mucus - EWCM Twice

Observing EWCM egg-white cervical mucus twice in a menstrual cycle is no proof of pregnancy. ... read more »

Cervical Mucus EWCM Ovulation Fertility Pregnancy

The cervical mucus is produced by the cervix and changes consistency throughout your menstrual cycle based on hormones associated with ovulation. ... read more »

Cervical Fluid Check

How do I check for cervical fluid? ... read more »

Cervical Mucus: Checking Fertility in 12 Steps

Checking your cervix and cervical mucus for fertility changes can improve your chances of getting pregnant. ... read more »

Can You Get Your Period When You Are Pregnant?

You can't have a regular  menstrual period once you are pregnant, but up to 30% of pregnant women experience some vaginal bleeding, and most go on to have a normal pregnancy. That is not the same as a menstrual period. ... read more »

Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding?

Can we still get pregnant while I am breastfeeding? ... read more »

Fertility Awareness Ovulation Calendar and Chart

Fertility awareness and charting is part of 'Natural Family Planning' (NFP). It uses a woman's natural fertility signs to identify when she may or may not be fertile. ... read more »

Can The BBT Temperature Curve Determine Pregnancy?

If you haven't had your period 15+ days after ovulation on the BBT temperature curve, then a pregnancy is likely. ... read more »

When Do I Have the Most Cervical Mucus?

Why do I have EWCM only until two days before ovulation? ... read more »

How Breast Cancer Affects Fertility

Breast cancer does play a role in fertility; however, each woman's situation is unique. It's important to meet with your physician to discuss your options. ... read more »

Egg-White Cervical Mucus And Fertility

Egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) is stretchy, like raw egg white, and vital to determining your most fertile days. ... read more »

How Soon After Birth Does Fertility Return?

There is no definitive answer to this question. Some women ovulatewithin a few weeks of giving birth and other women don't ovulate formore than one year. ... read more »

Charting and Counting: A Man’s Guide to Ovulation

You are excited about your role in the actual conception and pregnancy process, pale though it may be in comparison to hers. Here you can learn all about ovulation and how to track it using fertility charts and counting. ... read more »

1. Fertility Charting Chart, BBT charting, Ovulation calendar

Introduction to fertility charting and basal body temperature (BBT) charting. ... read more »

Why Chart Your Temperature

What is BBT temperature charting for? ... read more »

Chapter 1: Introduction To BBT Charting

Your basal body temperature BBT is the temperature of your body at rest. For fertility charting, the temperature is always taken in the morning before you move or get out of bed. ... read more »

When to Work on Your Fertility

Fertility is at the heart of reproduction, conception, pregnancy and parenthood, but many couples do not give fertility a passing thought until something goes wrong in the process. It is then that couples want to know when to work on fertility. ... read more »

Tracking Fertility: OPK vs. BBT

Which is a better method of tracking fertility — using an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) or basal body temperature (BBT) charting? What works better to determine when I am ovulating? ... read more »

My Progesterone Was Low On Blood Test

I recently had a progesterone blood test level done on CD 21 and it was 0.5 ng/ml. Is that low progesterone level a problem? What does low progesterone mean? ... read more »

Can I Get Pregnant Before I Have My First Postpartum Period?

You can get pregnant before you have your first postpartum period. ... read more »

Fertility Awareness: Triphasic Curve

 A biphasic curve has two phases: It is a curve that rises and stays up after ovulation. The first phase is before ovulation (follicular phase), the second phase is after ovulation (corpus-luteum phase), when temperatures rise because of progesterone. ... read more »

Calendar Method For Fertility Awareness

Calendar-based methods are one part of fertility awareness, an attempt to find which days in the menstrual cycle are fertile days and which are not. ... read more »

How to Check Your Cervical Mucus

If you want to get pregnant, checking your cervical mucus can help in determining when you are fertile. Here's how to do it! ... read more »

Cycles Too Short

Are short menstrual cycles a problem? ... read more »

What Is The Effect of Lubricant On Cervical Fluid?

What does lubricant do to my cervical fluid? Does it increase it? Will lubricant help me get pregnant or make it harder to get pregnant? ... read more »

EWCM and Fertility

Are there any studies on Egg-White Cervical Mucus and fertility? ... read more »

What Does it Mean if I Can't Reach My Cervix?

It is often completely normal if you cannot reach or feel the cervix. ... read more »

How Big Should Follicles be on CD 3?

Women normally have thousands of immature follicles in their ovaries. Follicles deveop in the ovaries as they approach ovulation. On CD 3 your follicles really have not started to develop yet and are expected to be immature. ... read more »

Fertility Saliva Ovulation Microscope

With a fertility ovulation saliva microscope you can predict fertility by viewing the visual changes that take place in your saliva throughout your cycle. ... read more »

When Can You Get Pregnant?

Can you get pregnant before you ovulate? ... read more »

Fertility Awareness: Sex and Orgasms

Which sexual positions are best for getting pregnant? Which sexual positions are not so good? Is orgasm necessary for pregnancy to occur? Can I get pregnant if we have sex many days before ovulation? ... read more »

Cervical Mucus and Ovulation

How long before I ovulate will my mucus become stretchy? ... read more »

Vaginal Spotting

What does vaginal bleeding shortly before menses mean? ... read more »

Cervical Position - How-To

How do I check my cervical position? ... read more »

Sex before or on the day of EWCM?

The reason why it's suggested to make love regularly, two to three times per week, is not just to take the stress out of TTC. Making love frequently will probably get you pregnant faster. ... read more »

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