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.

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 »

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week!

The aim of NIAW is to educate and inform the public about infertility. ... read more »

Fertility Awareness Guide: Natural Family Planning

Natural family planning can improve your chances of getting pregnant. ... read more »

Coverline - What Is It?

How do I determine my coverline? ... read more »

Fallback Temperature

A fallback temperature happens when your basal body temperature that was above the coverline drops for 1-2 days below the coverline. ... read more »

Rise in Temperature

Predicting ovulation ... read more »

Cervical Mucus - When Most Fertile

When does the cervical mucus indicate high fertility? ... read more »

Semen or Cervical Fluid?

How do I know whether it is semen or cervical fluid? ... read more »

Fertility Awareness and Charting

Natural Fertility Planning (NFP) ... read more »

Pregnancy After Hysterosalpingogram

Am I more likely to get pregnant? ... read more »

DHEAS

What are DHEAS? ... read more »

Pregnancy Related Problems of Older Women

What other medical issues can affect the pregnancies of older women? ... read more »

Cervical Changes During the Day

What should I record cervical changes during the day? ... read more »

Recording Cervical Fluid When I Am Aroused

How should I record cervical fluid when I am aroused? ... read more »

Temperature After Ovulation

How long should my temperature after ovulation stay up? ... read more »

Conization of the Cervix

What is the impact of conization of the cervix on fertility? ... read more »

Fertility Microscope: Semen and Mucus

How can I tell the difference between semen and mucus? ... read more »

What is the Luteal Phase Defect LPD

The menstrual cycle is divided into two parts or phases: The phase before ovulation is called follicular phase and the phase after ovulation is called luteal phase. ... read more »

What is a normal sperm evaluation?

What is a normal sperm evaluation? ... read more »

How Can We Make a Girl (or Boy)?

How can we make a girl (or boy)? ... read more »

Fertility Awareness: Sperm/Ejaculation

What are sperms? How long can sperm live? What is a normal sperm count? What is a normal sperm evaluation? What happens with the sperm/ejaculate during intercourse? ... 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 »

Tips on How To Get Pregnant Fast

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

Saliva Ferning Test for Ovulation Prediction

A ferning test uses a tiny microscope to view a drop of saliva once a day from the last day of a woman's period until a fern-like pattern appears in the saliva. ... read more »

Fertility Check-Ups Growing Trend for 20-Something Women

A recent news segment broadcast on Chicago’s local CBS TV station spotlights a growing trend for seemingly healthy women in their 20s: fertility assessments. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Charting and Counting: A Man’s Guide to Ovulation

Learn all about ovulation and how to track it using fertility charts and counting. ... 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 »

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 »

When Can You Get Pregnant?

For women still trying to conceive, the looming question remains, when exactly can you get pregnant? When you ovulate? Have your period? While using a condom? ... read more »

Fertility at 35+

How does my age affect my fertility? ... 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 »

What is Cervical Mucus Good For

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

Pages