7 Top Ways To Pinpoint Ovulation

Nov 19, 2010 No Comments by

Knowing when the Big O (ovulation) occurs is key when doing the Baby Dance (aka trying to conceive). Here are a few ways to help you pin down the big day – and pin each other down for baby-making activities.

1.Watch the calender. Ovulation most often occurs halfway through your menstrual cycle. The average cycle lasts 28 days, counting from the first day of one period (day 1) to the first day of the next period. But as with everything pregnancy related, there’s a wide range of normal when it comes to menstrual cycles (they can run anywhere from 23 days to 35 days), and your own cycle may vary slightly from month to month. By keeping a menstrual calender for a few months, you can get an idea of what’s normal for you. (And when you become pregnant, this calender will help give you a better estimate of your baby’s due date.) If your periods are irregular, you’ll need to be more alert for other signs of ovulation.

2.Take your temperature. Keeping track of your basal body temperature, or BBT (you’ll need a special basal body thermometer to do this),  can help you pinpointing ovulation. Your BBT is the baseline reading you get first thing in the morning, after at least three to five hours of sleep and before you  get out of bed, talk, or even sit up. Your BBT changes throughout your cycle, reaching its lowest point at ovulation and then rising dramatically (about half a degree) within a day or so after ovulation occurs. Keep in mind that charting your BBT will not enable you to predict the day you ovulate, but rather it gives you evidence of ovulation two to three days after it has occurred. Over a few months, it will help you to see a pattern to your cycles, enabling you to predict when ovulation will occur in future cycles.

3.Check your underwear. Another sign you can be alert for is the appearance, increase in quantity, and change in consistency of cervical mucus (the stuff that gets your underwear all sticky). After your period ends, don’t expect much, if any, cervical mucus. As the cycle proceeds, you’ll notice an increase in the amount of mucus with an often white and cloudy appearance – and if you try to stretch it between your fingers, it’ll break apart.  As you get closer to ovulation, this mucus become even more copious, but now it’s thinner, clearer, and has a slippery consistency similar to an egg white. If you try to stretch it between your fingers, you’ll  be able to pull it into a string a few inches long before it breaks. This is yet another sign of impending ovulation, as well as a sign that it’s time to get out of the bathroom  and get busy in the bedroom. Onces ovulation occurs, you may either become dry again or develop a thicker discharge.

4.Get to know your cervix. As your body senses the hormone shifts that indicate an egg is about to be released from the ovary, it begins to ready itself for incoming hordes of sperms to give the egg its best chance of getting fertilized. One detectable sign of oncoming ovulation is the position of the cervix itself. During the beginning of a cycle, your cervix – that neckline passage between your vagina and uterus that has to stretch during birth to accommodate your baby’s head – is low, hard, and closed. But as ovulation approaches, it pulls back up, softens a bit, and opens just a little to let the sperm through on their way to target. Some women can easily feel these changes, others have a tougher time. If you’re a game to try, check your cervix daily, using one or two fingers, and keep a chart of your observations.

5.Stay tuned in. If you’re like 20 percent of women, your body will let you know when ovulation is taking place by sending a bulletin in the form of a twinge of pain or a series of  cramps in your lower abdominal area – this monthly reminder of fertility is thought to be the result of the maturation or release of an egg from an ovary.

6.Pee on a stick. Ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) are able to pinpoint your date of ovulation 12 to 24 hours in advance by measuring levels of luteinizing hormone, or LH, which is the last of the hormones to hit its peak before ovulation actually occurs. All you have to do is pee on a stick and wait for the indicator to tell you whether you’re about to ovulate.

7.Spit a little. Another ovulation predictor is saliva test, which tests the levels of estrogen in your saliva as ovulation nears. When you’re ovulating, a look at your saliva under the test’s eyepiece will reveal a microscopic pattern that resembles the leaves of a fern plant or frost on a windowpane. Not all women get a good “fern”, but this test, this is reusable, can be cheaper than those pee-on sticks.

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