Step by step, and method by method. At the end of this article you will know exactly what to do.
Whether you are trying to conceive, or trying to avoid it for a while, knowing this is very helpful for women. We will analyze the different methods, their effectiveness and we will help you decide which one is the best for you.
With some years in the world of medicine and some treatments to get pregnant, I have a lot of experience with how women feel when we want to conceive, and the miracle is waiting.
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One of the things that helped me the most to manage my anxiety and to wait for nature (hand in hand with science, in my case) to take its course, has been obtaining reliable information and getting to know my body. After you finish reading this article, you will be ready to begin to understand every signal of your body.
How do you know when you are in your most fertile days according to the experts?
1. Counting the days (one of the least accurate methods of all)
Usually the periods repeat every 28 days, with the first being the day you notice a significant flow of blood, and not just a few drops or the discharge of brown color. It is very important that you understand this, because if you consider as the first day of your period, the day you begin to notice something is bleeding, but not the actual flow, you will be counting in advance.
In a “perfect” 28-day cycle, your most fertile days are between day 10 and 15. Your body will presumably release the mature egg on day 14 of your cycle, but this is the general rule of thumb, which is numerous exceptions apply: Your body can ovulate twice in a month, it can ovulate much earlier, or it can ovulate much later, or even not ovulate.
2. Change in vaginal discharge (one of the most effective)
One of the most accurate, if you pay attention to the changes and begin to get to know your body.
How does it work?
The vaginal discharge or discharge changes during the cycle, stimulated by the presence of your hormones that are the ones who are in charge when conceiving. For the first part of your cycle (the first 14 days in a regular 28-day cycle), your body produces estrogen. This hormone increases and when it reaches its highest point, your ovaries release the mature ovum to be fertilized.
After your period takes place and the bleeding subsides, your discharge appears creamy and white. As your cycle progresses, this flow becomes more liquid and more transparent. This one is more fertile than the previous one and is preparing for a third change (which will be the most fertile of all). Just before the estrogen peaks, your flow will look like a clear, slimy substance (like mucus or egg white), if you place it between your fingers, it stretches for several inches before breaking. This is the most fertile flow, and the one that tells you that your body is about to release the egg.
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After this, if there was fertilization and implantation (the adhesion of the fertilized egg in your uterus), your discharge will have a creamy but watery appearance, and will increase in quantity. Otherwise, if there was no fertilization, you will not notice almost no flow and if you notice anything it will be like a dry paste (this is the most infertile).
3. Basal temperature
According to WebMD, your body temperature changes by increasing when the egg is going to be released.
WebMD recommends that you take your temperature with a thermometer under your armpit, every morning before getting out of bed, and that you write it down on a chart daily so you know when it rises. It is recommended that you do this for several months, so you can figure out when ovulation will occur.
4. Using tests to detect ovulation
You can buy them at any pharmacy or large supermarket, and they are one of the most accurate methods, but also more expensive. They work as an analysis, measuring the amount of lutenizing hormone (LH); it rises between 24 and 36 hours before ovulation occurs.
In general, the kits with these tests come with several so that you can do the test with the first urine of the morning starting several days before you think you are going to ovulate, to be sure that you will not miss the moment of the ovulation.
5. A pain in one of the ovaries
That little pain that you feel a few months towards the middle of the cycle, is indicating that ovulation has occurred. If you wait until now to be intimate with your husband, you will most likely not get pregnant, because your “fertile window” has already closed.
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Specialists recommend that you be intimate at least every other day, especially in the days before ovulation. Your “most fertile window” is just before you ovulate, not the day you ovulated or after. While you can get pregnant if you are intimate on the day you ovulate, however, your chances increase if you do it earlier. Remember that a man’s sperm can live up to 5 days inside your body.