Chances are if you want to get pregnant naturally and you haven’t gotten that positive test result you have been looking for, you are wondering what you can do to make sure getting pregnant happens next month. One of the easiest ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant is to have intercourse during the time you are ovulating or known as your fertility cycle, as that is the only time of the month that you can possibly get pregnant. Ovulation occurs when the ovary releases an egg and it travels through the fallopian tube. For about 24 hours, the egg is viable for fertilization. If sperm doesn’t get to the egg during these 24 hours, conception will not occur. Determining the time of ovulation is essential to getting pregnant. It is fairly simple to determine when you are ovulating. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be well on your way to seeing that positive pregnancy test result.

Fertility cycle list of tasks to do

Cycle Charting Tip #1 – Get a Calendar to chart the fertility cycle
You need to have a calendar that you can access easily and at all times. This is will make charting your cycle easier, as you’ll be less likely to forget to mark things down if you are there all the time. Smart phones now even have down loadable functions that make it exceedingly easy to enter fertility cycle information. If you don’t have a smart phone, the old fashioned paper calendar will work just as well.

Cycle Charting Tip #2 – Note the First Day of Your Period in your fertility cycle
The first day your period starts is considered day 1 of your fertility cycle. Don’t assume you’ll remember the day it started; mark it down on the calendar! This is one of the most important pieces of information needed to determine ovulation dates.

Cycle Charting Tip #3 – Go Buy a Basal Thermometer to find your fertility cycle
On day 1 of your menstrual fertility cycle, take your basal body temperature and mark that on the calendar. Basal body temperature is most accurate when you first wake up in the morning and you haven’t gotten out of bed yet, so if your period starts later on in the day, just take your temperature the next morning. Take your basal temperature every morning when you wake up and mark it on the calendar. You’ll see a rise in temperature when ovulation begins.

Cycle Charting Tip #4 – Check Your Mucus
On the same calendar, chart the consistency of your cervical mucus. Charting this will enable you to double check the temperature results, as the consistency of the cervical mucus changes during ovulation.

Cycle Charting Tip #5 – Watch the Calendar and chart your fertility cycle
Because ovulation usually occurs between 10 and 14 days after day 1of of a woman’s menstrual cycle, it is important to know when these days in a cycle occur. The charting of the temperature and mucus are a way to more accurately determine the ovulation dates, but watching the calendar can give women with very regular cycles are fairly accurate ovulation time frame.

Some women can actually feel when they are ovulating. This sensation is either a slight discomfort in the abdominal area or a bloating sensation. Other women are able to feel a physical change in their cervix. If you sense the physical changes in your body that accompany ovulation, you have the ability to double-check the accuracy of your charting results. Regular recording of body changes will enable you to accurately predict ovulation and increase your chances of conceiving faster than if you were not keeping track of those changes. With these fertility cycle charting tips you are on your way to conceiving your baby!

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