Knowing when you are most fertile and likely to get pregnant is never easy to pinpoint.
But the most crucial part of getting pregnant is knowing how to get the timing right. Statistically speaking, It usually takes approximately six to eight months to conceive.
Even then supposedly, a lot of people only have up to a 50% chance of succeeding in that given time frame.
But they seem to be low-balling that number in my opinion.
My experience and studies have shown me that the chances of success are higher.
Although you should not be too focused on achieving fast results and should try to relax and have fun, here is a simple guide to help pinpoint ovulation for a speedier pregnancy.
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How to Pinpoint Ovulation for a Faster Pregnancy
Track Your Periods
Is your menstruation cycle regular? And how many days have gone by between each period?
This is the essential information and the first step that everything depends on. If you are unsure whether your periods are regular and how long each cycle is, you should start the tracking process.
The first day you begin bleeding should be recorded as “Day One” until you get your next period.
This should be done for approximately three or four months if you want to accurately measure how long and regular your cycle is.
The average menstrual cycle should be 28 days long, but even 23 and 35 days in length are standard.
The number of days varies each month, so there is no need to be alarmed if you do not consistently record the same.
A good way to keep a record of your cycle is through the Clue App. I’ve used it for years and it’s extremely useful. It has helped me learn so much about my cycles and body.
Calculate Your Ovulation Days
Successful conception depends on having sex within a small window of time.
During this short period (pun intended), a ripened egg gets released from one of the ovaries and moves into your fallopian tube.
A really good way to begin identifying these days is with an ovulation kit. These kits are a bit like a pregnancy test. You just pee on a stick and it will tell you when certain hormones are at their peak indicating ovulation.
They are very useful when you want to get pregnant as quickly as possible.
Below are some things you need to observe if you want to get an idea of when you ovulate and what’s going on with your cycle.
- Regular Periods
If your menstrual cycles are consistently regular, you can determine your ovulation days with simple mathematics. In the average cycle, your ovulation will occur 14 days before your period arrives. This can also be on day 14 of your 28-day cycle. Then you need to subtract 14 days from the length of your cycle. This should provide a brief guideline of when you are ovulating. For instance, if you have regular 30-day menstrual cycles, you will most likely ovulate around day 16. If your periods last for 26 days, you should be ovulating on day 12.
- Irregular Periods
For those who experience irregular menstrual cycles, there are additional steps to determining an accurate ovulation picture. The most common technique is tracking your temperature. The best way to know if ovulation has occurred is when your regular or basal body temperature slightly increases. This thermal shift can be detected with daily temperature checks in the mornings and at night before going to bed. By doing this, you can witness a pattern to help predict when your exact ovulation days are. Usually, your temperature can increase up to half a degree around 24 to 48 hours after ovulation. A basal body temperature thermometer may be more effective than using a regular one. This way, you can see the time your basal body temperature rises to know how short your conception window is, especially when sperm is waiting in the fallopian tube for the egg’s release.
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Another option is to use an ovulation prediction kit, as I mentioned before. This is more costly than doing temperature checks, but you can track your ovulation dates and times very accurately. You can find these in any regular drugstores, and they measure levels of luteinizing hormone in your urine. Therefore, you will need to take a urine test on a tester stick. When your luteinizing hormone levels go up, this is when your ovaries are ready to release the egg for a fast conception.
Changes in your cervical mucus are another low-tech method to monitor fertility.
Although these will not pinpoint your ovulation period as accurately as a prediction kit, you can still get a general indication of whether you are fertile or not.
When your body prepares to ovulate, you will produce excessive thin and clear mucus, paving a smoother path for sperm to link with the egg.
You will notice that your vaginal mucus looks and feels slippery like raw egg whites on your most fertile days that are right before ovulation.
After ovulating, the mucus will go back to become thicker before it slowly dries up.
The best way to do a mucus check is by collecting a sample gently on toilet paper by wiping the vaginal opening. If you do this numerous times a day and do not see enough mucus, you are probably not in the fertile period.
When to Have Sex
Most medical professionals recommend having regular sex approximately 1 to 5 days before ovulating.
If you start having sex during the ovulation period, it may already be too late.
Then you should also continue getting down to business the day after ovulation. This is because sperm can easily survive up to five days inside your body, while an egg’s lifespan is only a maximum of 24 hours.
Therefore, having intercourse before ovulating and doing it again the day after will skyrocket your chances of getting pregnant.
Even though several articles suggest the best sex positions for fast pregnancies, there is no guarantee.
When you pinpoint ovulation correctly, your chances are high no matter which sexual position you use.
It is best to do what comes naturally without stressing about getting pregnant if you have successfully tracked your ovulation window.
If you are under the age of 35 and cannot get pregnant despite having timed your ovulation and intercourse windows after trying for six months, you should visit your doctor for a fertility evaluation.
We wish you luck and joy on your TTC journey!!
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