According to a friend of mine who is considering Natural Family Planning as a means of natural contraception, hardly anyone uses fertility charting to actually get pregnant.
Couples who are hoping to have a baby, she says, just do the deed all the time. One look at websites such as Fertility Friend, and of course that shelf in the pharmacy with ovulation calendars, proves her theory wrong.
Ovulation-tracking techniques can significantly increase a couple’s odds of getting pregnant. While having regular intercourse is definitely a step in the right direction, knowing when you ovulate is a very important piece of information for anyone who is hoping for a baby.
After all, the natural fertility window is so short that you would not want to miss out on it! The question is, which ovulation-tracking method is right for you?
An ovulation calendar is a great tool for anyone who wants an approximate idea of when they are likely to be fertile. It is low-hassle and free. You can find ovulation calendars on the internet easily.
After inputting basic information about your last menstrual period, the average length of your cycle, and the length of your luteal phase (if you know), an ovulation calendar will spit out it’s conclusions about when you are probably going to ovulate.
Because not every woman ovulates at the same point in her cycle, and there are slight monthly fluctuations as well, ovulation calendars don’t guarantee accuracy. They do give you a relatively good idea of when to expect ovulation, though.
Ovulation tests, like at-home pregnancy tests, rely on the user to urinate onto them. If LH, luteinizing hormone, is detected in your urine, your ovulation test is positive. Such tests are extremely reliable because LH is only released during your fertile period.
Because most women want to avoid testing during every day of their cycle until they get a positive result, ovulation tests can be perfectly combined with the use of an ovulation calendar. We advise starting tests five days before your ovulation calendar tells you you might ovulate.
Charting to conceive
If you would like to try fertility charting as a method of boosting your odds of getting pregnant, you will be required to measure your body temperature at the same time each morning.
Because the results are more likely to be correct after you have been physically inactive for a few hours, most ladies who practice charting to conceive measure their temperature early in the morning. You can achieve this easily by setting an alarm clock and then going back to sleep.
Your temperature plays a key role in fertility charting because it rises during ovulation. What you are looking for is a temperature increase of quarter to half a degree Celsius or half a degree to one degree Fahrenheit. In addition to monitoring your temperature, you can also track cervical mucus and look out for other symptoms of ovulation, like ovulation pain or tender breasts.
It is possible to manually create a fertility chart noting the different temperatures you encountered each day, but most women find it easier to use one of the online fertility charting services.