Myths about Tracking Ovulation

Getting pregnant isn’t always easy; some couples are extremely fertile…others cannot conceive at all; we’re all different. However, we are fortunate to live in an era now of technology, where an abundance of information can be easily found using the internet. There have been numerous studies published that can offer a couple the hope they may need by sharing the information scientists discovered about how the body works, but sometimes too much of a good thing is not a good thing.

While there are a good number of published methods to track your ovulation cycle to find a woman’s prime conception time, you can’t always believe everything you read.

Many sites will tell you there is just a small window of opportunity for your body to get pregnant. BabyGaga.com states, the actual normal ovulation cycle can vary between 23 and 35 days and finding that exact moment of prime opportunity may be more difficult than expected. Not every cycle is the same each month so your ovulation days may change from one cycle to the next. According to Clearblue.com it is a fact that conception has to happen around the time of ovulation. This is a theory that has been supported for a good number of years, according to years of research.

When doing your research, you will continue to read how important it is to track your body’s temperature daily. However according to Clearblue.com it is not a true statement that you will only get pregnant by tracking your body temperature. There are a lot of outside influences that can manipulate the body’s temperature including illness, latitude, altitude and elevation, and weather patterns to name a few. 

Commonly sites may tell you that it is imperative to have sex on the 14th day of your cycle in order to conceive, however again, not all women have the same pattern and nobody has the perfect cycle. According to Justmommies.com couples who only have sex when they think the female is ovulating could be missing additional optimal times to conceive. Because the egg survives a total of 12-24 hours after ovulation, if you wait to have intercourse during or after ovulation you may not be giving your egg optional opportunities to become fertilized. Although the egg has a very limited survival, sperm can live up to five days.

As with any research, what one group states as facts another will discount as fictional. Taking the time to properly address each important issue is key in finding the facts from the fiction. And even if you think you’ve found all the answers you were looking to find online yourself, it’s always a wise choice to consult your trusted physician to seek their professional advice.