I needed a lot of help determining ovulation date when I first got started. I thought my husband and I could just have sex often and would eventually get pregnant. However, I soon realized I had to have a pretty good idea when ovulation occurred, and ovulation prediction needed to become second nature.
It can work out that you just get pregnant without any ovulation prediction methods, but in order to get pregnant faster most couples need to focus more and find out the very best times to have intercourse in order to speed up the process.
Knowing your date of ovulation and getting pregnant more quickly go hand in hand.
Ovulation test kits are very beneficial to determine when you’re ovulating. We’ll discuss these as well as other ovulation detector methods.
First, let’s discuss what ovulation is.
“What is ovulation?”
Ovulation is the period of the menstrual cycle when the mature egg is released from its follicle in the ovary. This happens about midway (day 14 of a 28-day cycle) through the menstrual cycle, but varies from woman to woman, especially those with irregular cycles.
“Do you have irregular cycles? How can you know?”
Well, the best way to tell if you have irregular cycles is to begin to track your cycles. The more tools you use to track your monthly cycles, the better you will be at determining ovulation date. This is absolutely crucial to timing baby-making sex, especially if you ovulate irregularly.
“But when is ovulation? When does ovulation occur?”
* BBT (or basal body temperature) charting is a fantastic way to track ovulation. This method tells you AFTER THE FACT when ovulation occurred, which is VERY beneficial for getting to know your cycle.
A basal thermometer is an ultra-sensitive thermometer that tracks your body’s tiniest temperature shift and helps you calculate ovulation. (I go into more detail here about BBT charting.)
* OPK (or ovulation predictor kit) testing is another excellent means for determining ovulation date.
The strips are like a pregnancy test stick, only they measure LH (or luteinizing hormone) instead of HCG (the pregnancy hormone).
(As a side note, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using a fertility monitor instead of the strips to truly ramp up your efforts to get pregnant more quickly.) I give a detailed review of the fertility monitor I recommend here.
* Cervical mucus during ovulation and approaching ovulation is another very reliable sign of ovulation and a great way to know that your most fertile days have arrived. (More on cervical mucus observation here.)
Keep track of this and other ovulation symptoms on your ovulation calendar and/or BBT chart.
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The more you track, the clearer you will understand when your most fertile days are and the easier time you will have determining your ovulation date.
You should begin to see patterns after tracking for a couple months.
* Another ovulation symptom some women experience is cramping during ovulation or ovulation pain. This is called mittelschmerz, which means “middle pain” in German. Many women experience a cramping-type sensation during ovulation. Sometimes this cramping sensation has felt like trapped stomach gas to me.
* Many times I will also have light spotting along with the cramping during ovulation. The bleeding during ovulation could be caused by a couple different things. One theory is that the egg bursting forth from the follicle caused the bleeding.
Another theory is that the estrogen rise during ovulation caused the uterine lining to shed a bit and cause a little spotting. This along with the cramping sensation is apparently an excellent fertility sign and means you are ovulating good and strong.
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