Tips and Tricks to Ovulation:
Did you know it’s only possible to become pregnant a few days out of the month? There are about 4 -6 days when a woman can get pregnant, which correlates to the days leading up to ovulation and the day after. Sperm can around five days in a women’s body, but the oocyte (egg) only lasts between 12 and 24 hours! Since, females are wired to rely on so many different hormones, determining when you will be ovulating can be very tricky! I have put together a list of helpful tips and tricks to help you identify the day of ovulation, and subsequently the best day for your insemination.
- Purchase an ovulation predictor kit (OPK). These kits are designed to help predict the likelihood of ovulation and are available over-the-counter at your local Walgreens or CVS.
- Download an App on your smartphone to help track your menstrual cycle. Typically, cycles are between 28 - 32 days.
- Ovulation usually occurs near day 14 (right in the middle of your cycle). This will depend on your personal cycle, so ovulation can occur anywhere from day 11-16.
- During ovulation, you will notice a change in your vaginal discharge. A clear and stringy discharge (similar in texture to egg whites) indicates you are ovulating or about to begin to ovulate, this will last for about a day.
- (OPTIONAL) Another method women use is to purchase a basal thermometer to track the vaginal temperature. This should be done BEFORE you get out of bed or it will be inaccurate. This method is not totally necessary if you do all the above mentioned and may sometimes not be accurate, especially if you are sick during any time of your cycle.
For additional information, I recommend visiting the American Pregnancy Association website: http://americanpregnancy.org/getting-pregnant/understanding-ovulation/
I hope this helps!