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Know Your Ovulation Cycle Day-By-Day

Know Your Ovulation Cycle Day-By-Day

Getting pregnant; Know your ovulation cycle

Getting pregnant involves much more than just making love and waiting for your next missed period. Many couples might want to try a few simple things to improve their chances of getting pregnant. Apart from the obvious things, such as tracking your fertility window by checking for ovulation and checking the colour and consistency of cervical mucus, there are other things that you can do as well.

If you have been trying to get pregnant for a long, this post is for you. We will discuss some tips to help you get pregnant sooner. Merely just following tips won’t help you get pregnant; you need to understand your cycle better on a day-by-day basis.

The key to conception is understanding your cycle and learning more about your reproductive system; by understanding the why the how, and when, you can be in a position to take charge of your fertility.

Tips to help you get pregnant

The first thing that you must try to do even before thinking about conceiving is getting healthy. Avoid tobacco totally and limit your alcohol and caffeine intake. Ensure that your diet contains healthy, whole grains a lot of veggies, and limit your processed food intake. Also include exercise in your daily routine. It goes without saying that illicit drugs are a big ‘no’ when trying to get pregnant. If you are on prescription drugs, talk to your doctor to see if any medicines can have an adverse effect on your fertility. Certain prescription medicines are contraindicated if you are pregnant or even if you are trying to conceive.

When it comes to complete nutrition, ensure that you are not skipping on your prenatal vitamins. Also, include at least 400 mcg of folic acid. Plenty of folic acid in your diet reduces the chance of congenital disabilities significantly. Products such as Conceive Plus Fertility Supplements contain 400mcg Folic Acid and 4g Myo-Inositol with their easy daily dose sachets. Many studies have been done on Myo-Inositol and they have shown that Myo-Inositol can help regulate your menstrual cycles.

Another important tip, if you are TTC, is to have regular intercourse. Ensure to time the intercourse during the most fertile phase of your menstrual cycle. Research indicates that couples who have sex at least a few times a week stand a better chance of getting pregnant.


Fertility and ovulation day-by-day

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Image courtesy of The Bright Girl Guide by Demi Spaccavento.

Now that we understand the basics let’s take a look at the menstrual cycle events on a day-by-day basis. The following events assume a 28-day cycle. If your cycle is longer or shorter, you might want to adjust accordingly.

Cycle Day 1: Your menstrual cycle begins when you spot the first speck of red blood. The fertility hormones of your body- Estrogen and Progesterone, are at their lowest concentration, and your body is trying to get rid of the old uterine lining. The bleeding occurs as the uterine lining, and the blood vessels are destroyed and thrown out of the body. This marks the beginning of the first phase of your menstrual cycle, called the menstrual phase.

Cycle days 1-5: The menstrual phase lasts for about five days. However, it can last for longer or shorter, depending on the length of your menstrual cycle. During this phase of the menstrual cycle, the level of progesterone has dropped down, and the level of estrogen is slowly rising. Your basal body temperature will also fall during this phase of the cycle.

Cycle days 6-8: Once the menstrual flow cleans off the uterine lining, the next phase of operations begins. During this part, the hypothalamus releases a hormone called Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH). The rising levels of GnRH, in turn, stimulate the pituitary gland to start secreting two hormones called the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing hormone (LH). Both FSH and LH stimulate the ovarian follicles and help them to mature over few days. As the follicles start developing, they begin producing estrogen as well. So, during this phase of the cycles, the level of FSH, LH, and estrogen starts to rise slowly in your body.

Cycle days 8-10: The ovarian follicles keep on maturing doing these days. As the ovarian follicles grow, they start to secrete more quantities of estrogen. Under the influence of the increased estrogen levels, the endometrium lining of the uterus begins to thicken. There is also a change in the consistency of cervical mucus. The mucus increases in volume and is still translucent and thick. Your basic body temperature during the cycle days is on the lower side.

Cycle days 11-13: Considering that you have a 28-day cycle, you are pretty close to your ovulation and have entered the fertility window. during your fertility window, you have the highest chance of getting pregnant. The cervical mucus should start to become transparent and slippery and should also increase in volume. Your fertility is quite high at this point in your cycle, even if the ovulation might be a couple of days away. This is because the human sperm can stay in the female reproductive tract for as long as five days. As the estrogen level in your body is still high, the basal body temperature should still be below.

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Cycle days 13-14: The estrogen levels and the highest in your body during this phase of the menstrual cycle. These high levels of estrogen stimulate the pituitary gland to release a large amount of LH suddenly. The sudden increase in LH level is known as the ‘LH surge,’ occurring on day 13 or 14. Under the influence of a sudden rise in LH, the dominant follicle in your ovary completes its maturation. It fuses with the ovary to release the egg by a process known as ovulation. Once removed from the woman eats, the egg can survive for about 24 hours before it dies. You can increase the chance of getting pregnant if you have sex a couple of days before the ovulation and on the day of ovulation. On the day that you ovulate, your basal body temperature will still be on the lower side. The temperature starts to rise from the very next day of ovulation. Hence, if you chart your basal body temperature, you can gain an insight into your ovulation and fertility window as well.

Cycle days 14-15: The ovulation has already happened. Now comes the time to wait optimistically. Your estrogen levels will fall rapidly the following ovulation. Your body temperature will start to increase, and you will enter what is known as the hot phase of the menstrual cycle. During this phase, it is the progesterone that is in charge and not the estrogen. After the egg emerges from the follicle, the remainder of the follicular structure converts into corpus luteum and starts producing progesterone. Your basil body temperature increases on the 14 and 15, and you can confirm that ovulation has taken place. This increase in body temperature should last for the remainder of your cycle. If the released egg is not fertilized, the corpus luteum will get destroyed and converted into corpus Albicans before your next period. The level of progesterone will sharply decline in your body.

Cycle days 16-22: The corpus luteum keeps on secreting progesterone during this menstrual cycle phase. This phase of the menstrual cycle is known as the luteal phase. Your body temperature remains high during this phase of the cycle. The amount of cervical mucus should start to decrease now and appear more opaque and less clear. If the egg is fertilized 24 hours post-ovulation, it will continue its journey from the uterus to the fallopian tubes. During these days, your progesterone level is high, and so is your body temperature.

Cycle days 23-27: If the egg is not fertilized, the corpus luteum will start to degrade now. With no corpus luteum to secrete progesterone, your body temperature starts to go down. If you are pregnant, however, the placenta will take over the role of secreting progesterone. The implanted embryo starts to secrete another hormone called the human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG. It is the same hormone that is used to test for pregnancy in-home pregnancy tests. If you’re pregnant, your body temperature will be maintained higher, but if you’re not, then the body temperature will fall back.

Cycle days 28: Considering that you have a 28-day cycle, this will be the last day of your menstrual cycle. Both the estrogen and progesterone levels fall. The next menstrual cycle is set to begin, and you can expect it to start any time after tomorrow. If you are pregnant, the home pregnancy test will confirm it.


Tips to get pregnant

Get pregnant Tip # 1Start charting your menstrual cycles: You can charge your cycle using various methods such as tracking basal body temperature, the nature, and volume of cervical mucus. Fertility2Family has a range of excellent BBT thermometers that can measure your BBT accurately.

Get pregnant Tip # 2: Make a habit of recording basal body temperature: You should record the temperature once you wake up in the morning. A BBT chart throughout your menstrual cycles can give a good deal of information regarding your ovulation and fertility window.

Get pregnant Tip # 3: Observe changes in your cervical mucus: The consistency and volume of cervical mucus changes throughout your menstrual cycle. The mucus plays a vital role in providing a conducive environment for the sperm and also helps to nourish and protect them. During the early part of the menstrual cycle, the amount of cervical mucus may be very small, but the volume will increase as you progress through the cycle. The mucus becomes clear, transparent, and stretchy like egg white when you are about to ovulate. Hence by observing your cervical mucus, you can predict your ovulation and thus the fertility window.

Get pregnant Tip # 4: Use ovulation strips and mid-stream ovulation kits: Fertility2Family Ovulation test strips and mid-stream test kits detect the surge of LH in your body. The ovulation test strips can predict the exact time of your ovulation and can help you determine the time in your cycle when you are the most fertile. Fertility2Family has both fertility strips and midstream tests that are lab tested for accuracy. You can predict when you ovulate from the comfort of your home with these easy-to-use tests.

Get pregnant Tip # 5: Ovulation pain: Some women experience sharp pain while ovulating in the middle of the cycle. The pain is called mittelschmerz, a German word for the middle. That said, ovulation pain is not experienced y all women, but if you experience them, make a note on your fertility chart.

Get pregnant Tip # 6: Implantation bleeding: A few days after ovulation, some women might experience spotting or light bleeding called implantation bleeding. The bleeding occurs as the embryo has reached the uterus and has embedded into the uterine wall. As the embryo burros its way into the endometrium, a few blood vessels might rupture, causing a small amount of bleeding. Implantation bleeding might be the very first sign that you are pregnant.

Get pregnant Tip # 7: Take a pregnancy test:  A positive home pregnancy test is the first affirmative sign that you are indeed pregnant. Use Fertility2Family’s home pregnancy test kits for an accurate and reliable result. You can begin testing as early as 7-10 days after ovulation with our early detection pregnancy test.