Monitor Ovulation

Women with regular cycles ovulate about two weeks before the arrival of their period.  It is harder to predict ovulation in women with irregular cycles, but it usually occurs 12 to 16 days before the start of her next period.  An ovulation calculator helps a woman to estimate her fertile days, and also when she is likely to ovulate.

Home ovulation-prediction kits can take some of the guesswork out of figuring out when a woman is ovulating.  The kits test urine for luteinizing hormone, LH.  LH levels increase each month during ovulation and cause the ovaries to release an egg.  A woman’s egg is fertile for only 12 to 24 hours after the egg has been released.  However, a man’s sperm can survive in a woman’s body for up to five days.

Another method to predict ovulation is to track cervical mucus, which involves a woman regularly checking both the amount and appearance of mucus in her vagina.  Just before ovulation when a woman is most fertile, the amount of mucus increases and it also becomes thinner, clearer and more slippery.  When cervical mucus becomes more slippery, it can help sperm make its way to the egg.  Fertile Cervical Mucus, also known as Egg White Cervical Mucus, looks and feels like raw egg whites;  this is the ideal environment for sperm.

Record Menstrual Cycle Frequency

A woman who wants to have a baby should monitor whether the first days of her periods tend to come the same number of days apart every month, which is considered A Regular Cycle.  The length of a menstrual cycle is the number of days between Day 1 of your last period to Day 1 of the next period.  Day 1 is the day your period started in that particular month.  A woman’s periods may also be irregular, meaning her cycle lengths vary from month to month.  By keeping track of this information, a woman is able to better predict when she might be fertile and when she is likely to ovulate.  Ovulation is the time when the ovaries release an egg every month.

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