Identifying Your Most Fertile Period Based on Your Menstrual Cycle

Identifying Your Most Fertile Period Based on Your Menstrual Cycle

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Many of the best IVF consultants in India will tell you that the most fertile period for her woman is the time she is ovulating. For most women, this time is around 12 to 16 days before her menstrual period starts and the five days that precede it. On an average, this is somewhere between the 10th and 17th day. However, it is important to remember that this average is not an exact. Each woman needs to identify her own fertile time of the month to be able to conceive successfully.

Keep Track of Your Cycle

A great and efficient way to know your fertile period is to begin by keeping track of your menstrual cycle for at least 8 months. The trick is to choose your shortest possible cycle, say one that is for about 27 days, and minus 18 days from that. You will get the number 9, which is the day when you are most fertile. For your longest cycle, say one that lasts for around 30 days, minus 11 and you will get the number 19. This is the last day on which you are fertile. Therefore, if you have measured cycles over the last few months that were between 27 and 30 days long, your most fertile period would be sometime around the 9th and the 19th day.

Having said that, this is still a pretty large window and basis just this information, it is still slightly less possible for you to pinpoint an exact date for optimal fertility. That is where your body temperature comes in.

Measuring Your Basal Body Temperature

You can measure your basal body temperature to find out days when you are more fertile than others. Your basal body temperature is basically your temperature as soon as you get out of bed in the morning. Most women have basal body temperatures of anywhere between 96 to 98 degrees Fahrenheit. On days when your basal body temperature is a bit higher than normal, say around four- to eight-tenths of a degree, it usually means that you have ovulated in the last 12 or so hours.

Changes in Your Cervical Mucus

Keeping track of your menstrual cycle and your basal body temperature aren’t the only two ways to track your fertility. Another method that seems to work is checking the changes in your cervical mucus. Right after you have finished menstruating, your cervical mucus will be slightly dry. When you are approaching the time of ovulation, it will turn sticky and during ovulation, you will notice it to be semi-transparent in colour and wet and sticky to the touch. Usually, two days before or two days after you have noticed the presence of sticky cervical mucus will be your peak ovulation day.

However, every woman is different, as is her menstrual cycle, basal body temperature and cervical mucus discharge.

Fertility Calculators

In addition to this, there are also several fertility calculators that are available as free resources online, which give you a fair idea to when you will possibly ovulate. These calculators can take some of the guesswork out of the process. By answering just a few questions like the start date of your last period and the average length of your menstrual cycle, you can find out the time of the month when you will be the most fertile and when to try for a baby.

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