If you have had difficulty in conceiving, then predicting ovulation and using some of the popular methods to chart your ovulation is probably one of your best chances for getting pregnant.
Ovulation prediction is based on the concept of keeping track of when the ovaries release the egg. When the ovary releases the ovum, there is a surge in the hormone called as the Luteinizing Hormone (LH).
Your body will give accurate indications of when ovulation is about to happen. Here are some popular methods by which you can predict ovulation.
5 Popular Methods To Predicting Ovulation
The Fertile Period
On an average, any woman with a 28-30 day cycle is likely to ovulate around the 14th-16th day of her cycle. Timing your intercourse during this period will maximize your chances of conception.
Ovulation Prediction Kits
So how do you keep track of your fertile period? One way of doing this is by using ovulation prediction kits. These are small strips, which detect the presence of the LH. The strips are inserted in the early morning sample of urine. You can start using these strips from the 10th day of your cycle right up till your 15th or 16th day.
When the test line is darker than the control line, it means there is a surge in the LH and you are about to ovulate within the next 24-48 hours. Having intercourse during this window will maximize your chances of conception.
Change in the Cervical Mucous
One of the best ways of predicting ovulation is by keeping a track of your cervical mucus. The cervical mucus increases in volume as you proceed closer to ovulation. It also becomes of egg like consistency and is slippery and stretchy.
The mucous becomes stringy to facilitate the sperm to swim up to the egg. Check your cervical mucus during your fertile period. This will give you a fairly good indication of when you are likely to ovulate.
Rise in the Basal body Temperature
Get hold of a basal body temperature thermometer. These thermometers help to track your basal body temperatures throughout the month. It has been seen that the basal body temperature increases by a few centigrades at the time when you are the most fertile.
Of course, you will have to chart your temperature for a few months to be able to make an accurate assessment of the time that you are likely to ovulate.
Once you have noted down your temperature for 2-3 month you will notice the days in the middle of the cycle when the temperature is the highest. This will tell you approximately, which your fertile days are. You can time sexual intercourse on those days.
A large majority of women feel lower abdominal discomfort and cramping when they are ovulating. It can range from mild achiness to twinges of pain.
This happens when the egg is being released from the ovary and the uterine lining is preparing itself to receive the fertilized egg. If you consistently suffer from cramps in the middle of the cycle, this is the best time for conception to occur.