How to determine when you ovulate
Signs to determine your fertile window include:
Changes in cervical mucus
The cervix is the lower, narrow part of your uterus, which opens into the vagina. Mucus produced by the cervix changes during your menstrual cycle due to hormones and can help predict your fertility.
Before ovulation (just after your period): You’ll produce very little mucus just after your period, if at all. It will be sticky and white or opaque in color and your vagina will feel quite dry. As sperm require mucus to help meet the egg, there is little chance of getting pregnant at this stage.
Approaching ovulation: Mucus production will increase and become creamy white or cream in color and your vagina will feel moist. You have a better chance of getting pregnant at this time.
As your ovulation dates: Your mucus will be thin, clear and very stretchy (like raw egg white) and your vagina will feel quite wet. You have the highest chance of getting pregnant at this time.
After ovulation: Your mucus will become thick and your vagina will start to feel quite dry.
Higher basal body temperature
Your basal body temperature is your resting body temperature. Recording this temperature over a few months can help you more accurately predict when you ovulate. Ovulation usually happens at the beginning of a temperature rise that’s sustained for at least 3 days. Factors like heating, travel, time of day, diet, work hours and amount of sleep can affect your temperature.
To help record your accurate temperature, it’s best to take your temperature at the same time every morning, before getting out of bed, with a fertility or digital thermometer.
Try and pay attention to any pain you might feel in your belly, as this could be a sign of ovulation.
You may also get typical symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, like sore breasts, bloating, slight cramping and heightened sense of smell, taste.
Enjoy this special time together
Keep your baby making fun!
Deciding to have a baby is an exciting and loving time. A study has shown that frequently attempting to conceive prepares the woman’s body for pregnancy.However, you shouldn’t be anxious over the idea and instead relax and enjoy your intimate moments together.