Calculate your ovulation: find out which are your most fertile days in order to get pregnantHelena Gil
Ovulation calculation will help you identify your most fertile days, and in that way, increase your chances of getting pregnant. Here we’ll give you some tips on how to gain more knowledge about your body and your ovulation!
How does the menstrual cycle work?
The menstrual cycle is what prepares a woman’s body for a possible pregnancy. It’s divided into three phases, which are always counted starting from the first day of menstruation until the start of the next one. It normally lasts about 28 days and ovulation usually occurs on day 14, but this can vary depending on how long each woman’s cycle lasts for.
- The follicular phase, which lasts around 14 days, is when the new egg matures and the uterus walls prepare to receive it.
- Ovulation, which occurs on day 14 and lasts 24 hours, during which an egg is released and it travels through the Fallopian tubes, where it will wait up to 48 hours to be fertilized, so these days also count as fertile days.
- The luteal phase, which also lasts 14 or 15 days. This is the time interval between ovulation and the start of the next menstruation. Throughout this phase, the egg may or may not be fertilized, leading to either pregnancy or the premenstrual stage.
It’s recommended that you keep a cycle tracker to calculate your most fertile days in the easiest way possible. To calculate your ovulation date, you need to subtract the 14 or 15 days from the luteal phase from the total average of your cycle. So, for example: 29 – 14 = 15.
Ovulation calculation can help you get pregnant knowing your most fertile days.
Calculate your fertile days
The egg has a lifespan of 24 hours and the sperm can last up to four days, which means that a woman has about a five-day fertile period right after ovulation.
How to know if you’re ovulating
There are certain factors that can tell us if we’re ovulating:
The basal temperature increases about a degree; it’s important that we take our temperature while in a resting state, more specifically while we’re sleeping. Learn how to do this with Himama (we’ll tell you later on).
The cervical mucus will look a bit whiter than usual; it’ll be more fluid and more abundant.
We can experience pain in our lower abdomen, right on the side of the ovary that releases the egg.
Use a cycle tracker
You can use Himama for your ovulation calculation. It’s very easy to use and it calculates your basal temperature automatically, showing you the results in an app that’s totally free to use. It’s a device that you can use forever and it’ll help you learn more precisely which are your most fertile days to conceive, providing you with an ovulation and pregnancy calendar.