Fertility windows+ ovulation calculators. How they workMaría Arellano
We know your anxious to know how ovulation calculators can increase your chances of getting pregnant. But hold on, lets start with the basics.
What’s a fertile window?
Your fertility window is defined as the 6 days leading up to and including the day of ovulation. If you are trying to get pregnant it is absolutely the best time to go all out … bring out those hot and sexy guns!
Hey just remember, more sex doesn’t necessarily up your chances of getting pregnant! It might actually work against you.
Why? More sex affects sperm quality. Read up on our 10 hiMama tips to get pregnant here.
Other good-to-know terms…. The ovulation window is pretty small… hence the hurry. It is defined as the day before and the day of ovulation.
Online ovulation calculators
You can check out the estimated date you will be ovulating using an online ovulation calculator. Discovering your ovulation window increases your chances of getting pregnant because it allows you to pinpoint your most fertile period!
Ovulation calculator check list
In order to use an ovulation calculator you just need two things:
- Date of the first day of your last period
- Estimated duration of your menstrual cycle
Having knowledge and awareness of your own menstrual cycle is super important in order to figure out what days you are ovulating and get pregnant through natural family planning. If you aren’t sure of the duration of your menstrual cycle take some time to read this article by the Center for Young Women’s Health.
Peak mucus fertility signals
Guess what! You can double check when you have entered into your fertility “zone” or window by checking up on the little details.
Natural fertility: your body has ways of letting you know what is happening within you and of sending out small signals that serve as a heads up. If you tune in to these signs, it will easier for you to get pregnant.
What fertility signals should you look out for?
Studies suggest that something called “peak mucus” can actually lead to more accurate clinical self-detection of your fertile window. Peak mucus is clear, stretchy and resembles raw egg whites.
If you have trouble differentiating between peak mucus and non peak mucus, take the time to observe your menstrual cycle… usually keeping track of three menstrual cycles is enough.
Heads up: all cervical mucus is fertile. If you are trying NOT to get pregnant, waiting for peak mucus to subside isn’t enough. More on how peak mucus can help you predict your most fertile days, the natural way, here via FabFertile.
Signs of Ovulation
Other fertility signals or signs of ovulation (according to Webmed) include:
- Rise in basal body temperature (BBT), typically 1/2 to 1 degree, measured by a thermometer
- Higher levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), measured on a home ovulation kit
- Cervical mucus, or vaginal discharge, may appear clearer, thinner, and stretchy, like raw egg whites
- Breast tenderness
- Light spotting
- Slight pain or cramping in your side
These signals are key for couples who have fertility concerns and wish to get pregnant the natural way.
HiMama fertility app + BBT monitor
Since your interested in calculating your ovulation period, we highly recommend you try out our app.
Our Ovulation Tracker is free and available for iOS and Android. Try it out and let us know what you think.
By the way, if you’ve already downloaded our app remember you can sync it up with the Himama Fertility Monitor if you want to get the most accurate BBT readings.
The hiMama fertility monitor allows you to keep up to date with what is happening within your body, even while you sleep!
And if you are really in to calculators, take a look at our post on baby gender calculators, too! Deciding on your baby’s gender could be as simple as choosing a better position while having sex.
Make sure to let us know if this post has helped you pin down your fertility window and how you are doing with your current ovulation calculators!