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Ovulation Calculator

When is the right time for you to get pregnant? An ovulation calendar can help you track your menstrual cycle and know when it's the prime time for intercourse. While some women prefer to leave things to nature and get pregnant whenever, others want to plan conception. If you are having fertility troubles, it can be a good idea to use an ovulation calendar.

Ovulation occurs when an egg from one of your ovaries makes its way down the fallopian tubes. When a man's sperm connects with the egg between the next 12 and 24 hours there's a good chance of conception. Once the sperm fertilizes your egg, the egg continues through the fallopian tubes and attaches itself to the uterus.

Fertility can be tricky because your eggs live for about 24 hours, and sperm lives for 24 to 48 hours. So, most couples trying to conceive make love at least every second day during the woman's ovulation cycle to increase the odds of conception.

You can calculate your chances for conception by taking the time between your periods, and subtracting two weeks the egg is released from your ovaries about two weeks before you actually get your period. For example, if you have a 21 day cycle, you would ovulate on day seven. Although this isn't a perfect system, it's accurate enough that most women with no fertility problems will get pregnant if they use this method. Keep in mind, however, that getting pregnancy doesn't happen as soon as you stop taking birth control, or try to get pregnant. It can take up to a year for a healthy couple to naturally conceive a baby.

It's also possible to determine when you're most fertile by evaluating your cervical fluid, which will become white, stretchy and egg white around your ovulation days. You can take your basal temperature, which rises after you ovulate. You'll need to check your temperature each day, and write down your findings to get an idea of when you're fertility is at its peak. Ensure that you're taking your temperature at the same time each day, and don't worry if you get an unusually high or low reading on a particular day or two. This is due to stress or other factors and nothing to be concerned about. Usually, your temperature will remain the same for days, but when it rises at least 0.2 degrees and stays that way for two days, you'll know that you are ovulating.

None of these methods are guaranteed to work, and it usually takes some time to get adjusted to the routine. However, by keeping an ovulation calendar and tracking your temperature and cervical fluid, you are increasing your odds of getting pregnant!


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