How to Follow Your Ovulation the Easy Way
What is Ovulation?
Ovulation is simply the process of the egg releasing from the ovary.
It takes about 100 days for an egg to grow and develop naturally. When it is fully developed it will release from the ovary where it has been growing.
There are many eggs in the ovary at different stages of development. That is how you can ovulate each month even though it takes so long for the egg to develop.
Why Do You Need to Follow Your Ovulation?
There are two big reasons to follow your ovulation.
- If you know when you are ovulating, it lets you will know that your reproductive cycle is normal or abnormal. Women normally ovulate somewhere between cycle day 12 and cycle day 16. (Cycle day 1 is the first day of your period. Count the days until you get to 12 days from the first day of your period and that will be “cycle day 12”.)
- If you know when you are ovulating you will be able to have sex at the time to get pregnant or avoid having sex or use a condom at this time to avoid getting pregnant.
How Do You Know When You are Ovulating?
The easiest way to find out when you are ovulating is to use an ovulation predictor kit. I recommend Clearblue Easy Ovulation Predictor Kit (not the monitor, the KIT.) I get no money from recommending this product. From my experience helping women get pregnant for the past 19 years, it seems like this is the least confusing kit for women to use.
- It will come with little test sticks.
- You will pee on one of these test sticks starting on the evening of cycle day 12. (remember, cycle day 1 is the FIRST day of the period).
- You will do this each evening after this until you see the “happy face” which is the positive sign for ovulation.
- When you see the “happy face” you will not need to test any more days this cycle.
- You have found the day you are ovulating!!!
Why I Don’t Recommend You Use the Ovulation Calendars?
The ovulation calendar requires you to take your temperature every morning using a special thermometer called a basal thermometer.
You only get a good reading on this thermometer if you have not gotten up in the night and if you have not moved around too much in the morning. If you are the least bit sick it will not give a good reading, either.
The other problems with the ovulation calendar is that is hard to interpret for most people. The fluctuations in temperature are so tiny it is hard to know if they are accurate.
You also have to take your temperature every single day so you never get a rest from thinking about wanting to get pregnant. That is very stressful.
Don’t Use an Ovulation App
There are apps that you can download on to your phone. You enter the day that your period starts. The app will count the days until it gets to 12 and then it tells you that you can get pregnant during the next 5 to 7 days.
This is not true. There is not this big window of opportunity to get pregnant. Ovulation happens on one of these days.
The other problem with trying to use the ovulation apps is that they are not accurate. They are not reading your hormones. They are just counting days.
They are made for the “average” woman and how do you know that you are “average”. If you are ovulating later or earlier in the cycle, an app would not know this.
The ovulation Apps are also made to “error on the side of being safe”. If you are trying to get pregnant, they don’t want you to possibly miss the time. If you are trying to prevent pregnancy they don’t want you to accidentally have sex without protection on a day when you are possibly ovulating.
They cover for this by saying there is a big window of time when you might get pregnant. This can be very misleading for women.
VERY Important to Remember About Ovulation
Remember, there is really only one day when you are actually ovulating. One egg releases on one day in a reproductive cycle. The egg is only alive for one day and then the body will reabsorb it if it is not fertilized by the sperm.
Vaginal Discharge Changes at Ovulation
We normally have vaginal discharge throughout the month. Usually, it is white and creamy or white and sticky.
At ovulation, it changes. It becomes clear and very slippery. This is “Fertile Cervical Mucus”. The sperm needs this discharge to swim the long 12 hour journey to where the egg is sitting in the Fallopian Tubes waiting.
If you do not have this discharge the sperm will have a hard time swimming.
When you are young, you may have many days of this discharge but as we get older we tend to get drier. A woman in her teens and 20’s may have so much of this discharge that she sees it dripping into her underwear.
As women get to their late 30’s and 40’s they can become a lot drier. In this case, you need to go looking for it. Put your finger into your vagina and get a little discharge.
You put it between your thumb and your first finger and pull your fingers apart. If your discharge stays in a long slippery string then you know it is this “Fertile Mucus”.
Don’t check for this discharge when you are sexually aroused. We all get wetter when we are aroused (hopefully) and this is not Fertile Mucus.
When you see that you are ovulating by using the ovulation predictor kit and you see that you have this fertile mucus. You should have sexual intercourse the first day and the next 3 days in a row. That means you would have sex 4 days in a row when you are trying to get pregnant. Do not skip days or you might miss that all important day and have to wait another whole month to try again.
I hope this information is helpful. Remember, if you would like me to make you a custom-made Chinese herbal formula to help you get pregnant please give me a call or send me an email.
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