During every monthly cycle, couples in the pink of their health and in their early or late 20s, enjoy a good chance of 20% for achieving pregnancy, if they are mating or copulating without using any birth control protection. And, that is an amazingly high %age bearing in mind that you can achieve pregnancy only around the ovulation time – a little window of opening every month (generally 12-24 hours) when the egg is available for a number of sperm to fertilize it.
This means that if you indulge in sex even a few days prior to ovulation, the possibility is that several sperm will be still around for greeting the egg when it makes an appearance. (And, consider: It is all about just one sperm that makes a baby).
Yes, having sex on the ovulation day is just ideal. After the ovulation, this window slams shut until the beginning of the next menstrual cycle. Obviously, knowing when the ovulation about to happen is the key for performing the Baby Dance (sex).
Given below are 5 ways of determining that Big Day.
When does the ovulation generally happen?
Ovulation generally happens midway during your periods. On an average, the cycle lasts for 28 days, beginning your count from the 1st Day of your periods up to the 1st Day of the subsequent periods. But as everything is related to pregnancy, anywhere between 23 days to 35 days is usual and your own menstrual cycle may have variation of days each month.
How to know I am ovulating?
Checking your calendar
In determining what is usual for you, be advised for keeping a menstrual calendar. — Or, you may like using a webmd ovulation tool. In case you have irregular periods, you will be required to be more careful for other indications of ovulation. So keep on reading.
Listening to your body
In case you are among 20% of females, your body may effortlessly receive a message in the shape of a pang of pain or successive cramps while ovulating. These pangs of pain or crimps generally remain localized in the lower abdominal region in the side wherefrom you are ovulating. In German they call it mittelschmerz meaning middle pain. This fertility reminder every month is believed to be the outcome of the egg maturity and its release from an ovary. Be attentive to this reminder and most likely you are going to receive the message.
Charting your temperature
When we say, charting your temperature, we are actually referring to your BBT (basal body temperature). The temperature is measured with a special thermometer known as a basal body thermometer. Your baseline temperature is, in fact, the first item in the early morning, after having 3 to 5 hours of sleep prior to getting out of your bed or even sitting up. The BBT varies all through your cycle as hormonal levels keep on fluctuating. During the 1st half of your menstrual cycle, estrogen takes control. During the 2nd half of your menstrual cycle when the ovulation has already happened, there is a rush of progesterone. The progesterone hormone enhances the temperature of your body as it prepares your uterus for receiving a fertilized and implantable egg. It implies that during the 1st half of your monthly cycle your BBT is going to be lower than, after ovulation, in the 2nd half.
Are you baffled? For having a better understanding, your basal body temperature (BBT) will come to the lowest level at the time of ovulation and then rise spectacularly after the ovulation.
It is worth bearing in your mind that by charting your basal body temperature for a month or so will not help you in predicting your ovulation day, but evidently provides you information about your ovulation day after it has happened. By charting your basal body temperature for several months, you will be able to visualize your menstrual cycle pattern. This will help you to anticipate your Ovulation Day (OD) in future monthly cycles. Thus, you and your male partner will know when to make a Baby Dance in bed.
Knowing your cervix
Ovulation is not a complete secret process. When your body realizes the shift of hormones that signifies the release of an egg from the ovary, it starts preparing itself for welcoming a mass of sperm providing the egg its best opportunity of getting itself fertilized.
One obvious sign of ensuing ovulation is the state of the cervix prior and after the ovulation. In the beginning of your menstrual cycle, the cervix known as a passage similar to that of a neck between the uterus and your vagina that gets stretched at the time of delivery for accommodating the baby’s head is almost closed, hard and low. With the approaching of ovulation, it draws itself up, making a small opening and becomes soft for allowing the sperm to make their way to reach their ultimate destination.
Many females may simply feel such changes, while many others face difficulties in sensing. Test out your cervix every day with 1 or 2 fingers and maintain a chart of your scrutiny.
One more cervical indication you may look for is its mucus behavior – appearance, quantity increase and consistency changes. (It is the sticky material that dirties your panty!). The gracious purpose of the mucus is to take the sperm to the egg cell deep within you.
After the ending of your periods, you literally experience a dry spell. Do not expect much of the cervical mucus. As your menstrual cycle goes on, you may observe an enlarged quantity of mucus having a cloudy or white appearance. And, if you try stretching it between your two fingers, it will smash apart.
Getting nearer to your ovulation, this mucus turns even more profuse but it becomes clearer and thinner, having a slippery regularity like white portion of a hen egg. Attempt stretching it between your two fingers! You may be able to drag a string of a few inches prior to its breaking down. Doesn’t it sound like having a fan in your bathroom? This is perhaps one more indication of imminent ovulation and an indication of getting out of your bathroom and having fun in your bedroom.
Once ovulation has happened, you will either develop dryness again or the mucus discharge becomes thicker. Place your basal body temperature and the cervical position together in a single chart. Now, this chart may be a very useful tool for indicating the day of ovulation.
Buying an OPK (ovulation predictor kit)
Don’t wanna meddle with mucus? It is alright! You are not required to in this technologically advanced age. OPKs may indicate your ovulation date prior to your ovulation by monitoring the luteinizing hormone (LH) levels. It is perhaps the last hormone hitting its peak before the ovulation actually happens. All you are required to do is to pee on a small stick and await the pointer to inform you whether ovulation is going to take place or not.
Another choice is going for a saliva test. The test looks at the presence of estrogen levels in your saliva when the ovulation approaches. As you are about to ovulate, a peep into your saliva under the ocular lens may disclose a microscopic outline resembling the ice haziness on a windowpane or a fern plant leaf.
Not all the females get an excellent “fern”, but this reusable test may be cheaper than the sticks whereupon you will be required to pee on.
Many instruments are also available these days for detecting various salts, like potassium, sodium, chloride, in a female sweat which varies at different time of the menstrual cycle. Known as the chloride ions rush, this change occurs even prior to the LH and estrogen surge. These examinations or tests provide a female a 4-day signal prior to her ovulation.
The key to your success while using this latest technique is in ensuring that you get a correct guideline of ion levels. Of late, there is an instrument in the market for wearing it on your wrist for 6 hours constantly to obtain an appropriate guideline.
There are no Ovulation Predictor Kits that can provide guarantees that you will achieve pregnancy or that you are really ovulating. They may only point to when ovulation in you may be happening.
So, it actually does not matter which method or instrument you opt for. Perseverance and patience is your key to success.
Just remember drawing on a lukewarm bubble bath, candlelight dinner or planning a romantic weekend – whatever pleases and drives you and your male partner in a mood of baby making.