You never thought becoming pregnant was going to be so scientific. But if you have found yourself struggling to get pregnant, there are a few things you can do to help keep track of your most fertile days.
Starting with keeping track of when your menstrual cycle starts and ends. Like many things, no two women will have the same menstrual cycle. Some will last 21 days and some could last as many as 35 days. Knowing how long your cycle is will allow you to measure approximately when you will ovulate. Ovulation usually occurs 10-16 days before your menstrual cycle begins. Keep track of this either on a paper calendar, using applications on your smartphone, or even the calendar function on your smartphone. That way you will have a good estimate as to your most fertile days. You really only have about a five day window of getting pregnant (a male’s sperm can only live up to five days) but the chances increase the closer you get to your actual ovulation date.
Using a fertility calculator or calendar is also a helpful tool. There are several options out there (just google them). They take a lot of the “guessing” or “work” out of keeping track of your menstrual cycle, in turn keeping track of when you ovulate. You simply put in when you started your menstrual cycle, how long it lasted and how long your cycle is and it gives you the days that you would be most fertile.
Keeping track of your ovulation is also important. You can do this by keeping track of your basal body temperature. You will want to do this the same time every morning before doing anything else which would change your body temperature. You will need to purchase a basal thermometer. You can then track these the same place you track your menstrual cycle. I am old fashioned and prefer the good old paper and pencil (calendar), but like I said, there are plenty of programs out there online or available on your smartphone to keep track of these things too. Do what you are most comfortable with.
Essentially, knowing your body is going to be the most helpful tool in getting pregnant. Keeping track of your menstrual cycle, ovulation, and any other changes that may occur will increase your chances of getting pregnant. Along with a healthy dose of having a lot of sex!