Knowing your ovulation calendar dates can help you plan for sex at the right time and improve your chance of getting pregnant.
Menstrual periods are different from woman to woman and month to month. You can keep track of your menstrual cycles in your diary or use an ovulation calendar calculator.
An ovulation calculator enables you to see when you may be ovulating to help find your most fertile days.
When you know your average menstrual cycle length, you can work out when you ovulate. Ovulation happens about 14 days before your period starts. To work out the length of your menstrual cycle, record the first day you start bleeding (the first day of your period). This is day 1 in your ovulation calendar. The last day of your cycle is the day before your next period begins.
Other ways to help you work out when you are ovulating include:
- Rise in basal body temperature, typically 1/2 to 1 degree, measured by a thermometer
- 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
By undertaking a combination of urine tests and ultrasounds you will receive a more accurate and comprehensive overview of your cycle and general fertility.
If required, our fertility specialists can do blood tests to measure the quantity of estrogen, progesterone, and luteinizing hormone (LH) present throughout your cycle, enabling them to anticipate ovulation earlier and use the ultrasounds to confirm that there are actually follicles developing.
Our fertility specialist will help you understand your results, provide you with professional expert advice and identify any underlying problems.