If you are in baby-making mode, ovulation (OV) is a big deal. Finding that perfect window when the sperm meets the egg sounds easier said than done, so tracking your monthly cycle to find the “fertility window” can help reduce the stress if you are (TTC, trying- to-conceive.)
What should you know?
A normal cycle is about 28 days, but it differs for each woman. Your body releases one egg in the OV process. Fertilization needs to happen soon after to increase your chances for pregnancy, so knowing when you’re ovulating helps. Start by becoming familiar with your cycle over a three-month period and really get to know your OV signs.
Today’s high-tech advances are boosting the baby window for women who are trying to become pregnant. There are OV predictor kits, charting systems and wireless basal body temperature thermometers to name of few. If you are looking for an iPhone app to help things along, there are many on the market that offer various fertility trackers and monitors.
What’s the first step?
If you are trying to conceive, set up a consult with your healthcare provider for Preconception Care. At this appointment, your physician can check for any potential risks and address any medical issues that may cause problems with trying to conceive. This is also a good opportunity to talk about your menstrual cycles, OV and ways to improve your chances for pregnancy.
Are there physical signs you’re ovulating?
You may notice several physical symptoms according to according to Bump:
- Cervical Mucus Changes
- Heightened Sense of Smell
- Breast soreness or tenderness
- Mild pelvic or lower abdominal pain
- Light spotting or discharge
- Changes in your Sex Drive
- Changes in your Cervix
What is a “fertility window?”
The “fertile window” spans a six-day interval, the five days prior to OV and the day of it, according to the American Society for reproductive medicine.
A woman’s egg is fertile for only 12 to 24 hours after its release according to the American Pregnancy Association. The release of sperm can only live a maximum of five days in the female reproductive tract, so only a small number of sperm will survive the long journey through the female reproductive tract states the APA.
What are some tips to help you conceive?
According to lifescience.com there are some tips for women to help with conception:
- Record your menstrual cycle regularly
- Monitor ovulation
- Have sex every other day during the “fertile window”
- Strive for a healthy body weight
- Take a prenatal vitamin
- Eat healthy foods
- Cut back on strenuous workouts
- Be aware of age-related fertility declines
- Kick the smoking & drinking habits
- Know when to seek help from your medical professional
Are there things that affect OV?
Some OV disorders may affect the release of eggs from the ovaries. These may include thyroid disease, vitamin D deficiency, polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis. Stress, illness or a disruption of normal routines can also affect ovulating times. It is best to talk with your physician about any concerns you may have regarding ovulation.
Remember, the more relaxed you are, the better your chances to conceive.
The information on this site is intended to raise awareness and understanding of specific health issues. It should not be used for diagnosis or a substitute for health care by your physician.