Are you trying to get pregnant and are feeling more and more impatient? Has it crossed your mind that maybe you or your partner have fertility problems? The first step is to relax and learn to detect what your most fertile days of the month are with the tips below.
Learn how to discover the changes in your body, as well as the base temperature control method, and surely in no time, you will know the best days to conceive perfectly.
Make a Calendar
The first step in detecting what your fertile days are depends on the regularity of your period. If it is completely regular, this task will be very easy, while if your period varies, you will have to keep in mind all of the variables that we propose.
In both cases, we recommend that you take a calendar and note down the important information that we will explain below so that you can see what your tendency is.
What Days Are They?
In order to know what your most fertile days in your cycle are, in other words, those during which you are ovulating, you should count backwards 14 days from the first day of your next period. These 14 days are approximate, but you could say that in a cycle that lasts for 28 days, the most fertile days are right between one period and the next. However, you should subtract from the future day of the next period and not count from the one you already had.
How Many Days?
Keeping in mind that ovulation lasts between 12 and 24 hours and that sperm can stay alive for 2 to 5 days until they inseminate the egg, you only have 6 fertile days a month on average. Of those 6 days, people with more fertility will be the day of ovulation and the two following it. That is why it is important that you are aware of other signals from your body to know what they are.
Signals from Your Body
Your body is wise and as you get closer to your fertile days, you can also notice some changes like the following, for example:
- You feel more attractive.
- You have a higher sex drive.
- You can feel some symptoms similar to those from your period, like discomfort, swollen breasts, etc.
- Vaginal discharge will have a viscous texture and a transparent color, similar to egg whites. This discharge is better for carrying sperm to the egg. It will appear a few days before ovulation and then will tend to become thicker and whiter.
- Your basal temperature will vary.
Control Your Basal Temperature
Knowing your basal temperature not only helps you know what your fertile days are to get pregnant, but also to be able to keep them in mind when on natural birth control methods. In fact, it is one of the oldest systems there is.
Basal temperature is always measured when your body is at rest, right when you wake up if possible, and with a thermometer that is as exact as possible.
Start to take your temperature the fifth day of the cycle, through the rectum or vagina, for 3 minutes. There are some factors that can vary real basal temperature:
- Not sleeping for three hours beforehand or insomnia.
- Moving right before taking your temperature.
- Taking your temperature at a different time than usual.
- Eating a different dinner than usual.
- Colds or weakened states.
- Changing thermometers.
- Using the thermometer on another part of your body.
And When Are the Fertile Days?
You can do a graph so that the result is more visible.
Before ovulation, your basal temperature tends to vary between 36.5 and 36.7 degrees celsius. Because of hormonal changes, your temperature can increase from 0.3 to 0.5 degrees celsius in the two or three days prior to ovulation. The increase stays until the end of your cycle when your next period starts.
You should do this graph for at least two months before being sure about your fertile days.
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