Want to get pregnant soon? Then it’s time to introduce you to big O: Ovulation. Just as menstrual cycles are important to understand, so is ovulation. It is vital that each person who wants to get pregnant knows what ovulation is. Truth be told, the cycle of ovulation is not that complicated to comprehend. Once you are familiar with it, you’ll be surprised how simple it is to pinpoint.
Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary. When this happens, you will want to have an available sperm waiting in the Fallopian tubes to fertilize that egg. Ideally, copulation should happen before the moment of ovulation in order to increase your chances of conception. Remember, you are most fertile in the days leading up to ovulation. Taking this into consideration, engaging in sex at this time significantly increases your chances of getting pregnant.
However, how can you know which are your most fertile days? Here’s how to find out when ovulation is approaching and how to know if it has already passed.
Tracking menstrual cycle every month
On the average, a woman with regular cycles tends to ovulate sometime between day 11 and day 21 from first day of a menstrual period. This would mean that her most fertile days would most probably fall somewhere between day 8 and day 21.
Nevertheless, if her cycle is on the shorter side, she is more likely to ovulate closer to day 11. Otherwise, ovulation may occur closer to day 21 if she experiences longer menstrual cycles. In these types of scenarios, a person could aim to have sex every day or every other day between day 8 and day 21 to boost the odds of getting pregnant.
Change in body temperature
While you may think that you have a fixed normal basal body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, you actually don’t. The truth is, your body temperature varies slightly throughout the day and month. It goes up and down based on your activity level, diet, health habits, and physiological status.
After ovulation, progesterone levels rise in your body. The hormone progesterone causes your temperature to rise slightly. By tracking your basal body temperature, you can identify which phase of the ovulating period you are in. More than this, you’ll know whether or not you’ll have the best chances of getting pregnant.
To assure reliable results it is best to take the temperature at the same time every morning before going into your morning rituals.
Are there days when your breasts feel tender to the touch? This is caused by the hormones your body produce after ovulation. You can take notice of this change as a way of knowing that ovulation has occurred. This can assure you that your most fertile period has already passed to get pregnant.
Lower Abdominal Pain
A lot women experience abdominal pain before and during ovulation. This discomfort during ovulation is due to growth of the follicle stretching out through the surface of the ovary which holds the maturing egg. As the egg matures and gets expelled, you may experience a burning sensation caused by the release of fluid from the follicle. This heaviness in the lower abdomen is the signal for the right time for conception.
Increased sexual desire
The physical aspects of women naturally undergo slight shifts at the right time for conception. Her bone structure slightly becomes lifted and just before ovulation, her libido increases. She feels sexier, almost like she’s ready to tango! Her swings and turns are noticeably more sensual. When this happens, you can rest assured that this is the right time to have sex to get pregnant.