Becoming pregnant may seem straightforward, but the process is actually more complex than one may expect. There are many factors at work – age of the individuals, sperm count, ovulation, etc. Fortunately, there are ways to increase your chances of becoming pregnant without drugs or medical intervention.
The Ovulation Predictor
The better you understand your ovulation cycle, the better the chances are that you’ll conceive. This is because ovulation has everything to do with whether or not and when a woman can get pregnant.
Ovulation is when a mature egg is released (typically there’s only one) and moves down the fallopian tubes making itself available for fertilization. At the same time the uterine wall will also thicken in preparation of receiving a fertilized egg. Normally, the egg will be viable for about a day. If it isn’t fertilized, the egg and the uterus lining are shed in a process known as menstruation. Ovulation typically happens between days 11 and 21 of a woman’s monthly cycle, but it can happen on different days each month.
How Ovulation Test Kits Can Help
Counting days to predict ovulation is a good start, however, not all women follow an exact 28-day cycle every time. Another problem is that ovulation can be affected by outside forces such as stress, diet, and illness.
The most accurate way to measure ovulation is with ovulation test kits. These kits measure luteinizing hormone (LH) levels, which are present during ovulation. By measuring LH, a woman will know when she is at the peak of her ovulation and most likely to conceive.
Other Ways of Finding the Best Time to Get Pregnant
Another way of determining the best time to get pregnant is by measuring cervical mucus. Cervical mucus plays an important role in both allowing sperm to travel more easily to the egg and preventing sperm from getting through once the egg is released. Throughout a woman’s cycle, this mucus will change, becoming thinner and thicker. By observing these changes, a woman can determine where she is in her ovulation. The one drawback to this method is that not all women who are ovulating present signs of cervical mucus, so keeping track of cervical mucus should be done in addition to using other indicators.
Tracking body temperature is another way that some women measure ovulation; however, this is retrospective information that can’t be used during the present cycle. A woman experiences a spike in temperature indicating that ovulation has occurred, and even though the period for conception has passed, the information can be used to track when ovulation occurs during the next monthly cycle.
Outside of living a healthy lifestyle, the best way to improve the chances of getting pregnant is to use the “fertility window”. This is a 6-day period that starts 5 days before ovulation when intercourse is most likely to lead to conception. But before you can take advantage of the fertility window, you have to accurately track your ovulation using the methods above.