Determining ovulation is important for women who want to become pregnant and women who currently want to avoid pregnancy. Most widespread ways of determining the most fertile days:
- Measuring Basal Body Temperature
- Review of cervical mucus
- Position of the cervix
1. MEASURING BASAL BODY TEMPERATURE
Baseline temperature is body temperature in dormancy. Her follow-up during the menstrual cycle is an old method to determine the most fertile days.
During the menstrual cycle, the basal body temperature change due to hormonal changes. Since the advent of menstruation until before ovulation, basal temperature is around 36-36,4 ° C, but it differs from woman to woman. In the period following ovulation, basal body temperature is increased to an average of 0,2 ° C and maintained at that level until the onset of menstruation. If pregnant, the temperature will remain elevated.You should keep in mind that the measurement of basal body temperature can help you determine ovulation only after it occurred. Therefore, this method will not be particularly useful first month of use. But once you track your basal body temperature a few months, you will notice that its changes are repeated as a template. It will help make it easier to predict ovulation in the future.
How to measure your basal body temperature?
- Start the measurement of the temperature of your first day of menstruation.
- Measure the temperature every day. It is best to do so at the same time, for example at 7 pm.
- BBT should measure immediately after waking up, even while you are in bed before you made anything. Prepare a thermometer to you, lest you should become. Remember, any activity may influence basal temperature.
- To be accurately measured, you must have a minimum of six hours of restful sleep.
- The measurement can do oral (under the tongue), rectally or vaginally. Which way you choose depends on you. But it is important every day to use the same way.
- Always use the same thermometer, because each thermometer gives different results. You need accuracy, because the temperature difference should notice is very low.
2. REVIEW OF CERVICAL MUCUS
Cervical mucus (vaginal discharge) changes during the menstrual cycle and using its observation, you can determine when you are most likely to ovulate. Although for some women, this method can be a bit repulsive, there is nothing better than knowing your body.Cervical mucus has different functions. When you are ovulating or not you approach ovulation, it serves to prevent sperm from entering the uterus, because in any case you will not get pregnant.When you approach ovulation, increases the secretion of cervical mucus, it is more streamlined, elastic and helps the sperm to reach the mature egg.
How does the cervical mucus?
Thanks to hormones during the menstrual cycle are changing the density, quantity and texture of cervical mucus. A good time to check your cervical mucus in the morning, as soon as you go to WC. If you have a sufficient amount of mucus, you can query after you wipe with toilet paper. But some women do not have enough, so you need to take from the vagina with his fingers.Take a little cervical mucus between your thumb and forefinger, stretch your fingers and try to know at what stage you are. If you cycle a duration of 28 days, possibly changing the cervical mucus will take place as follows:
- 1-5 day. Menstruation.
- 6-9 day. The vagina is dry or a little mucus.
- 10-12 day. It secretes a slightly greater amount of vaginal mucus is sticky, thick and whitish. You will not be able to stretch more than 1cm.
- 13-15 day. copiously excreted extensible, transparent and slippery mucus, similar to egg white. At this stage you are most fertile.
- 16-21 day. secretion of cervical mucus again decreases and it becomes thick, sticky, whitish and not stretched.
- 22-28 day. The vagina is dry.
3. POSITION OF THE CERVIX
Cervical can reveal at what stage of the menstrual cycle you are. For this purpose, insert one or two fingers into your vagina. Make sure your hands to be clean and dry. Fingertip should feel the cervix.
- Before ovulation . Cervical cancer is low, therefore, you can easily tap. The touchscreen is hard and dry.
- Around ovulation . In your fertile days, the cervix is higher and harder to tap. The touch is wet and soft.
- After ovulation . Once you spend your most fertile days, the cervix again down below and is hard and dry to the touch.