Ovulation is what runs a woman’s chances of getting pregnant high because it is by virtue of ovulation that an egg releases from one of the ovaries that then waits to be fertilised by a sperm. Women who have been trying to get pregnant must first try to monitor their ovulation cycle before laying out the action plan to get pregnant including everything else i.e. a strict diet dominated by fertility foods, moderate exercises, reduced stress, prenatal vitamins, etc.
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Below mentioned are the different ways in which ovulation can be monitored in the comfort of your home.
Mark a Calendar
Monitor your Cervical Mucus
Just before you ovulate, you will notice an increase in vaginal secretions that are clear and slippery in nature. These secretions will be in the consistency of egg whites. It is when the secretions are sticky and transparent that you have the highest chance of getting pregnant. When you are nearing the days when there is little chance of you getting pregnant, the vaginal secretions will turn cloudy and sticky or just disappear altogether. To check your cervical mucus:
Basal Body Temperature
You can also check your basal body temperature or BBT, to monitor ovulation. You could test your BBT with the help of basal thermometer. The thermometer will indicate whenever there has been an increase in the body’s temperature, thereby signalling that ovulation has occurred. A basal thermometer can be easily found in any drug store or hypermarket. You will notice a spike of between 0.5 and 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit. You may follow these steps of measuring BBT:
By knowing the state of your ovulation, you can understand when you are the most fertile. You can get pregnant by monitoring your ovulation with the help of ovulation kits along with fertility monitors as they reveal the best time to conceive. According to the American Pregnancy Association, a woman has the LH hormone, also called luteinizing hormone, in her urine 24—48 hours before she ovulates. It is this LH surge that triggers ovulation and can be checked with the help of an ovulation kit, which when dipped in the urine tells if the woman is ovulating or not. While they are more accurate in giving us the results compared with checking of basal body temperature or checking the cervical mucus, the only drawback of these is that they are much more expensive.
The best Time to Monitor Ovulation
The American Pregnancy Association says that there is no particular time when one can monitor ovulation. Although, it is popularly believed that the first morning urine can be used to test for ovulation, the American Pregnancy Associations suggests that such is not required and that a woman can test for the LH hormone whenever she chooses to i.e. at any time of the day.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration say that the saliva test is not so accurate as the urine test when it comes to predicting ovulation. By virtue of this test, one may be able to predict whether she is ovulating or not by looking the patterns that the saliva forms. Saliva kit costs even more than ovulation kit. But the advantage in using it is that it can be used for one year. When the oestrogen levels increase by the time you are close to the time of ovulation, the dried up saliva may form the shape of a fern. The saliva test for testing ovulation is a qualitative test i.e. while the test will tell you if you are ovulating or not, it will not, however, tell you that you are not definitely pregnant. To do the test:
The test will be accurate as long as it is used within 5-day period i.e. around the time that you are expecting to ovulate. This test may not work for you because according to the FDA:
The best way to monitor ovulation more accurately is by keeping a journal where you would record the everyday happenings inside your body as they occur. The upside to this practice is that you would be more informed about your body when you visit your gynaecologist for any query.
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