If you’re trying to become pregnant this blog will help you identify when you are most fertile in your cycle and most likely to conceive.
We’re going to cover:
- The concept of your ‘fertile window’ and when you’re most likely to become pregnant in any given cycle.
- You’ll learn exactly which days in your cycle are your most fertile days and the days a conception is most likely to occur.
- You’ll find out how fertility charting can help you pinpoint your fertile days and increase
your chances of becoming pregnant.
The Fertility Awareness Method?
To do this, you’re going to learn about ‘The Fertility Awareness Method’ or ‘Charting your Fertility’ which is a proven and effective method that can help you become pregnant faster.
Basically, The Fertility Awareness Method will help you identify your fertile window, that is the days in each cycle when you are fertile and most likely to become pregnant. You’ll be able to pinpoint this window by observing your body’s natural fertility signals.
In each cycle there are just a few days that make up your fertile window. Charting your fertility signs will help you to identify your fertile window in each cycle so that you can best time intercourse to become pregnant.
Couples who are aware of their fertile window and time intercourse during this timeframe have been found to have much higher conception rates than couples who are unaware of their most fertile time.
You may not be ovulating on or around day 14
You may have been told that you ovulate or are most fertile on day 14 of your menstrual cycle, mid-cycle, or even 14 days before your period is expected. These assumptions are based on broad averages and they may not be true for you, even if your cycles are regular.
You may be ovulating much earlier or later in your cycle. So, if you are timing intercourse for day 14 you may be missing that fertile window cycle after cycle.
What is fertility charting?
Fertility charting involves observing and recording your body’s natural fertility signs so that you can easily see your daily fertility status and identify your fertile window each cycle. Charting your fertility is highly effective because your body provides clues (or fertility signs) that tell you about your fertility status throughout your cycle.
The primary fertility signs are:
- Your basal body temperature (BBT) which rises after ovulation. This can be measured each day with a basal body thermometer and recorded on a manual chart or in an APP.
- Your cervical fluid sometimes called cervical mucus becomes increasingly wet, clear and stretchy like egg white as ovulation approaches.
Your Fertile Window
The days when you are most fertile and conception is possible are the days just before and on the day of ovulation. Based on the maximum lifespan of human sperm and egg, sperm can live for up to 5 days and your egg for one day. So, this fertile window is therefore at most six days.
Phrased another way, the maximum length of the fertile window is thus made up of the five days before ovulation and the day of ovulation.
Though pregnancy is technically possible during this six day window, most pregnancies can be attributed to intercourse from within TWO DAYS before ovulation up to the day of ovulation. This then makes for a fertile window of just three days of each cycle, the 2 days before ovulation and the day of ovulation itself.
This is why it is important for you to be able to identify your fertile window each cycle to time intercourse for the sperm to meet your egg and a conception to occur.
The chart below shows how fertility charting can help you identify your fertile days and your ovulation date.
Your own fertility pattern and chart will be unique to you. Charting your fertility will help you identify your unique pattern and pinpoint the days in your cycle that are your fertile window and the days each cycle when you are most likely to conceive.
To maximize your conception chances, it is recommended that you have intercourse every day or at least every other day during your fertile window until a clear and sustained thermal shift (temperature rise) can be detected on your chart.
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