The first thing for getting pregnant is to ensure that the sperm is able to meet the egg. This may be problematic than it appears to you. Your ovaries normally release one egg every month during the ovulation process. The egg requires to be fertilized immediately by a sperm. For boosting your chances of attaining a pregnancy, it is imperative to know when you are going to ovulate. If you know when you are ovulating, you along with your partner may plan copulation (sexual intercourse).
There are several indications you may get to know when the timing is right.
Marking Your Calendar
According to fertility experts, indulging in sexual activity with your partner on every alternate day, particularly during the five days prior to ovulation increase the chances of pregnancy. They term this your fertility window. Sperm have the ability to survive in a female body for a few days. Hence, this makes an ideal situation if they are already waiting for your egg.
In case your menstrual cycle of 28 days and your periods come to you clockwise, there is a likelihood of your ovulating on the Day-14. That is the middle of your menstrual cycle. It does not mean that you will surely be ovulating in the halfway through your menstrual cycle. It just indicates the probability. In fact, your fertility window starts on the Day-10. There is an increased likelihood of your attaining pregnancy if you indulge in sex on every alternate day between Day-10 and Day-14 in a regular 28-Day periods.
Looking for changes in your body
Throughout your menstrual cycle, your hormone levels keep changing. In the 1st half, your ovaries emit estrogen hormone. As the estrogen levels become adequately high, one of the ovaries will liberate an egg. Thereafter, your body begins producing progesterone, yet another hormone. This makes your body temperature to go up slightly.
Prior to getting out of your bed, track your temperature each day. The reading is called basal body temperature (BBT). By keeping a tab on your BBT for a few months, you may observe your ovulation pattern. This ovulation pattern may help you plan your fertility window.
The changes in hormonal levels also cause changes in your cervical mucus texture. It is a sticky fluid your cervix (the bottom of uterus) secrets. When your body prepares itself for ovulation, you may have plenty of it and it feels more slippery and stretchy, just like an egg white. This slippery and stretchy texture of your cervical mucus helps in easy swimming of sperm within your body. This kind of cervical texture is the indication of your fertility window.
Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs)
These examining OPKs, which are available at pharmaceutical stores, indicate you a more exact idea of your fertility window. They are meant to examine your urine for measuring the luteinizing hormone (LH) levels, which surge phenomenally between 24 and 36 hours prior to your ovulation.
These OPKs contain adequate test strips to allow you to examine your LH levels many times during your menstrual cycle. You may begin examining a few days prior to your belief that you may ovulate. Thereafter, you may repeat the test over the next few days to ascertain the precise day. As your LH levels reach the highest, you should assume that you are within your fertility window.
A cramping pain
Though many females do not come to know it, it is possible to feel your ovulation. Around the middle of your menstrual cycle, you may observe a slight cramp in one side. But in case you are attempting to attain a pregnancy, you don’t have to wait for the cramping pain. That indicates your fertility window is closed.
Seek your doctor’s help
Many females are not able to ovulate on a given schedule of time. In case you cannot decipher or if your periods are irregular, seek your doctor’s advice.