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Trying to conceive: Charting your monthly cycle

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Some people may be lucky enough to get pregnant soon as they start trying for a baby, but it could take longer for many couples. To increase your odds it’s best to chart your fertility cycle, this will help you understand when your best chance is of becoming pregnant. During your cycle your body gives clues when you’re about to ovulate, you just need to know how to look for them.

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Why bother charting?

It may seem like a pain or a waste of time because people how to manage to get pregnant without the aid of charting, but by keeping track of a few different things daily you can improve your odds of becoming pregnant. What does charting involve?

  • Examining your cervical mucus
  • Noting when your menstrual period began
  • Noting when you had sexual intercourse
  • Taking your basal body temperature

By noting this information it can make a difference. The average couple conceives roughly after 6 months of trying, a few couples who know when ovulation is due and have sex regularly can conceive in less than three or four months.

Taking your temperature

Basal body temperature (BBT) is your body temperature when you wake up before getting out of bed. You will require a special thermometer from a pharmacist to take this, some thermometers are not accurate enough to do this so make sure it is a BBT thermometer. Monitoring BBT is helped many women become pregnant but it may not be as effective as experts previously thought. Before ovulation the average woman’s BBT is usually consistent day-to-day, roughly ranges from 36.1 to 36.4 degrees Celsius. During ovulation your body releases progesterone (hormone), this increases your BBT a few days after ovulation. Your temperature will usually stay elevated until your next cycle begins. If you noticed even the smallest of changes in temperature, it’s best to note them down. Bear in mind that the temperature change usually happens after ovulation, which means you probably missed your chance of becoming pregnant. By charting every day you may notice a pattern which can help you become pregnant. Young female taking her temperature

Helpful tips for understanding your BBT

  • Begin taking your temperature on the first day of your period
  • Take it roughly the same time every day, before you get out of bed
  • Don’t do anything before you take your temperature, don’t move, drink, eat or smoke
  • Temperatures can be taken orally, vaginally or rectally whatever way you do it, make sure you continue to do it this way
  • Note down your temperature everyday, you may get odd readings, if they don’t happen often don’t worry about it
  • Show your GP your chart, they may help you interpret it
  • BBT charting is not foolproof, some women may not see a clear pattern

Cervical mucus

This may be off-putting or even gruesome for some women, but understanding the changes in your cervical mucus is a great way of predicting ovulation. According to one study it’s a more accurate way of predicting ovulation than BBT. You’ll get over being grossed out pretty quickly when you realise how important it is that you get to grips with your mucus! When you’re not approaching ovulation or ovulating, cervical mucus stops sperm reaching the uterus. As your approaching ovulation your cervix produces more mucus, this is when you’re at your most fertile stage. This mucus is stretchy and clear, it almost resembles an egg white. At this stage the mucus protects the sperm and aids its journey towards the egg.

This is a usual pattern for a woman with a 28-day cycle:

Days 1-5: Menstruation occurs Days 6-9: Vagina is dry with little to no mucus Days 10-12: Sticky, thick mucus appears, gradually becoming less thick and more white. Days 13-15: Mucus becomes thin, slippery, stretchy and clear, similar to the consistency of egg whites. This is the most fertile stage. Days 16-21: Mucus becomes sticky and thick again. Days 22-28: Vagina becomes dry.

Your cycle may differ from this cycle, this is why it’s useful to mark changes on your own fertility chart. You should check your cervical mucus daily, examine and note down any colour or consistency change.
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Mobile phone or tablet fertility apps

You don’t even need to put pen to paper to make a fertility chart, visit the app store and you’ll find some brilliant fertility apps, some are even free. A couple of the best that we have tried out are: Fertility Friend mobile, you can upgrade your account to a VIP membership and pay a monthly subscription; this enables you to access VIP tools and extra analysis options. Another app that is pretty good is: My Days, this app tracks your monthly cycle with data that you input daily.

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  1. Abby

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