There are plenty of things to consider when trying to get pregnant. Before you jump into the nitty gritty you might want to brush up on you the biology basics of ovulation, menstruation, and fertilization. According to there are 3 key things to pay attention to when increasing your odds of conceiving:

1.       Mark Your Calendar: It is important to understand what you average cycle is. In order to figure this out you will need some time to have your period multiple times before you can be sure it’s a good number you are using. You will need to mark when your period stars and ends, and then count the days in between. Do this for 3-6 months. Total all the days from the start and then divide it by however many cycles you went through. This will be your average cycle length. Having this will help you sort out when you will be ovulating. Use an ovulation calendar to help with the timing (see ovulation calendar below).

2.       Find your Window: In order to do this you will need to have done the first step (marking your calendar). Start by finding the shortest cycle and subtracting 18 from the total days. Whatever that number turns out to be is the first day of when you might ovulate. Now find your longest cycle and subtract 11. Whatever this number is will be the guide for the end of your ovulation period. This might end of being a fairly open window, but at least you have eliminated the majority of the days of your cycle. Now you know when you really focus on what’s going on with your body.

3.       Take Your Temperature: If step 1 and 2 don’t give you as specific info as you desire then you can take it another step by tracking your temperature. Use a thermometer to take your basal body temperature every morning (do this alongside your ovulation tracking on your calendar). After a few months you may see a pattern of when the temperature of your body starts to go a bit lower. During this time is when you are ovulating. Then your temperature will rise and you will know that ovulation is over and your fertile window is finished for the month. It is important to take your temperature around the same time every morning before you get out of bed.

Ovulation Calendar: It can be very useful to use an ovulation calendar supplied by experts in the field. There are plenty of options out there. Here are two you might want to consider:

1.       This ovulation calendar by Just Mommies is best when used by someone with a 24-35 day cycles. It comes with tips and information to use along the way. It is an easy to use calendar that walks you through you ovulation cycles. 

2.       This ovulation calendar by The American Pregnancy Association is also a great tool for people looking to use an actual ovulation calendar to track their cycles.  It is best for women who have a 28 to 32 day cycle. They make it clear that it is important to note that these are based on averages.

Ovulation FAQs: Here is some great information about ovulation you might want to consider before getting started.

1.       Q. How long does an egg live when it leaves the ovary? A. 12- 24 hours.

2.       Q. How many eggs are usually released during ovulation? A. Usually one egg is released during ovulation, but this is not always the case.
3.       Q. Is it normal to bleed during ovulation? A. It is possible to bleed during ovulation and some women do have this happen.

4.       Q. Can you have ovulated even if you skipped a period? A. Yes, you can ovulate even if you didn’t have your period.

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