If pregnancy is taking longer than expected, a great way to improve your chances of conception is to monitor your fertility. Tracking fertility can be achieved through many different methods, which we will discuss today!
For those of you that prefer simplicity or if you tend to avoid modern technology, sticking to traditional practices for charting fertility may be the right option! A few techniques are to mark out on a calendar the dates of your period and work out ovulation that way, measuring your basal body temperature, and analysing the consistency of your cervical mucus. Ovulation occurs around the 14th day of a regular 28-day cycle, and so writing it out on a paper calendar can certainly help clarify the best time for attempting conception.
As a more scientific approach, measuring your basal body temperature daily allows for the understanding of when you are reaching ovulation or not. Measuring your BBT should be done orally first thing in the morning, before getting up or moving about as exercise can affect the results. Checking your temperature daily is important as your temperature is lower in the first half of the cycle- until ovulation. After this occurs, your BBT rises from 36.4°C (97.6°F) to 37°C (98.6°F). Analysing the consistency of cervical mucus, as it also changes over the menstrual cycle, is another effective way to naturally monitor your fertility.
While these relatively simple methods of tracking fertility do indeed enable monitoring of ovulation, it often overlooks those with irregular periods, and generally requires more time and effort. As an alternative, it may be worth looking into technological methods of tracking fertility. Smartphones and tablets both have the ability to support a wide range of fertility apps. Some of these include the more advanced, whereby equipment to help analyse your hormonal fluctuations comes with the app, to simple electronic calendars.
Continuing with the theme of technology, we reach the more accurate fertility monitors. By recording your hormonal changes effectively, like the fluctuations of progesterone, these electronic devices offer a more precise estimation of the start of your ovulation. Although the accuracy of a fertility monitor is great, it may be out of some people’s price range as it often more expensive.
Overall, there are a multitude of possible ways to track fertility. This essential step in the pregnancy process can easily help reduce both stress- which is already linked to delaying pregnancy– as well as the months of attempting to conceive!