Know Your Fertile Days For Pregnancy
Infertility and the Trying to conceive (TTC) period can be a very mentally and emotionally draining period for couples. However, having full awareness of the nitty-gritty and concept surrounding conception, such as the less fertile and most fertile days of your cycle, helps to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
In this article, we will be discussing fertility and how proper knowledge of female’s fertile days can help in boosting pregnancy chances.
What Is Fertility?
In simple terms, Fertility is the ability to procreate. Many factors can affect your fertility including; age, illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), smoking, intake of caffeine in excessive amounts and the list goes on. As much as fertility can be affected by numerous factors, there are also a whole lot of ways you can boost your fertility and increase your ability to get pregnant.
However, to boost your fertility you also need to know your most fertile days of the month, the symptoms to look out for to know if you are in your peak fertile period of a cycle as well as how properly timed sexual intercourse can shoot up the probability of pregnancy.
In every monthly cycle, your most fertile days are usually two days before you ovulate and your ovulation day itself. Ovulation occurs when the eggs are released from the ovaries. The released eggs then travel through the fallopian tubes making itself accessible to the sperm for fertilization.
In a healthy female who is capable of reproduction, ovulation occurs every 14 days before your menstrual period. This means that, if you have an average menstrual cycle of 35 days, ovulation will occur around day 21, making your most fertile days 19, 20, 21. This also means that well-timed sexual intercourse in and around these days have a high possibility of resulting in conception and pregnancy.
Signs Of Ovulation
There are a couple of signs to look out for that will tell you that you are ovulating. Although most women get a few of these signs, some women are not able to differentiate the signs of ovulation. In addition to this, there are also cases of the irregular menstrual period and these can make tracking of ovulation an arduous task. Therefore, the use of Ovulation prediction kits can be very helpful for women who do not have irregular menstrual cycles as well as those who do have regular menstrual cycles. This way, you are able to get an accurate timing of your ovulation and most fertile days.
Below are signing the signs of ovulation to always look out for in every monthly cycle.
- Increased Basal Body Temperature: Monitoring your Basal body temperature (BBT) is a good way to identify your most fertile days in a cycle. This can be done with the use of a basal body thermometer. Your BBT is always at its lowest level at ovulation, then suddenly spikes to around half of a degree immediately ovulation occurs. It is advised, however, that basal body temperature is tracked and monitored over a couple of months. This way you will observe a pattern in your cycle and therefore know when the most fertile days are and when your chances of conception and pregnancy are at its peak.
- Get Yourself An Ovulation Prediction Kit: The ovulation prediction kit measures the level of estrogen in your saliva. In using this kit, your saliva will take the shape of the leaves of a fern plant when viewed with the eyepiece. This kit is cheap and can be used over and over again to predict your ovulation period.
- Pay Attention To Your Body: Your body will usually send a signal when it is in its most fertile days. Most women always observe a sharp pain around the lower abdomen. This pain is called Mittelschmerz which is the German term for “Middle Pain”. It is usually felt at one side of the lower abdomen which is the side ovulation is occurring from.
- Observe Your Cervical Mucus: As you approach your ovulation period and even during ovulation, you will notice your cervical mucus (the discharge from your cervix) will take the consistency of egg white, looking clearer, thinner and can be stretched between fingers. During this period your cervix becomes a more conducive environment for the survival of the sperm as well as for fertilization.
Observing all of the signs stated above and much more offers you a fair chance of knowing when you are most fertile.
Close monitoring of the most fertile days of your menstrual cycle helps you and your partner to know the best time to get pregnant if you are trying to conceive. Therefore, keep in mind all of the signs of ovulation mentioned above and note the best time to get even busier under the sheets as this will offer you an increased possibility of a positive pregnancy test afterward.