Predicting Fertile Days with An Ovulation Calculator

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1:59 pm March 28, 2012

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If you want to know the best time for you to get pregnant, you can use an ovulation calculator. There are several of these online tools you can find all over the Internet and they can be very helpful in charting your fertility period based on pieces of information that you provide.

An ovulation calculator is useful if you are trying to figure out the exact day within your cycle that your ovaries release a mature egg for fertilization and you want to time sexual intercourse before or after ovulation so you can either conceive a baby girl or a boy.

However, the biggest catch about using an ovulation calculator is you can’t exactly figure out a date of ovulation if you have a very irregular cycle. This is for those women who have several months between their periods. If you have a cycle that is somewhere between 25 to 35 days, then you’re still considered to have a regular period and you can still find an ovulation calculator useful in closing in on that very small fertile window.

Alternatives to An Ovulation Calculator

For some women, using an ovulation calculator to figure out their fertile days is not enough to come up with the most accurate results. For one thing, you simply key in the first day of your menstrual period and the average length of your last six cycles (This means you have to start counting at least six months before you plan to get pregnant.) then the ovulation calculator dishes out an average.

If you really want to pin down your ovulation, then you also have to stop relying on mechanical devices so much and start trusting the signals sent by your body. What are these signals, then, and how do you find them out?

1.    Basal body temperature.This is your body temperature the first moments you wake up in the morning before you get out of bed and start your daily routine. Your basal body temperature is constant, at least during most of the month. At the time of ovulation, however, it spikes up at least half a degree to one. That signals the presence of hormones responsible for releasing a mature egg for fertilization.

2.    Cervical mucus.Check out your vaginal discharge for signs of ovulation. It should look clear and feel sticky at the same time. Draw it out between your thumb and your index finger and if it stretches out before breaking off, then you’re ovulating. That’s certainly a much more accurate way of predicting ovulation than an ovulation calculator.

3.    Mittelschmerz.This German word for “middle pain” refers to the pain in the lower abdomen that some women feel during ovulation. Not all women feel this pain. In fact, only about 20% of all women do. It’s sometimes a dull ache on one side of the lower abdomen, depending on which ovary releases the fertilized egg, and in extreme cases become a sharp, aching pain. Mittelschmerz is not usually a sign of a problem. It only indicates that one of your ovaries have released an egg and ready for fertilizing.

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