The key to successfully conceiving begins with knowing when your body ovulates. Women who have a normal 28-day menstrual cycle generally ovulate around day 14, but this can fluctuate and differ from woman to woman. Dr. Janelle Dorsett can meet with you at our Lubbock, TX practice to provide techniques for tracking your ovulation. At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, we also provide a variety of methods and techniques to treat infertility.
Techniques Available for Tracking Your Ovulation
The first step to tracking your ovulation is identifying how long your entire menstrual cycle is. While normal stats are based off of a 28-day cycle, some women have a cycle that fluctuates anywhere from 27 to 32 days.
To identify your cycle length, you will need to notate the first and last day of each period. Downloading an app on your smartphone and inputting the start date can help you in tracking more effectively. By doing so, the number of days in your cycle will be automatically calculated. We advise tracking at least eight cycles to get the most accurate results.
You may find that some months are different. By tracking multiple months, you can get a more accurate window of time. If you notice a different result each month, skipped periods, or periods that last longer than seven days, we advise you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett for a consultation. It is possible that you may be struggling with female factor infertility issues that can be addressed with treatment.
After recording at least eight cycles, this data will help you in tracking your ovulation. You will need to create a chart. In the first column, record the first date of your period. In the corresponding column, record the number of days in the cycle. Then, take the shortest cycle and subtract 18. This will give you the first fertile day. Next, take the longest cycle and subtract 11. This will give you the last fertile day. Together, these numbers will give you a window of time you are most likely to ovulate.
Because the calendar method is not always dependable for women who have irregular cycles, there are other signs you can look for to help you in identifying whether you are ovulating. These include:
- Monitoring Cervical Mucus: The closer you get to ovulation, your cervical mucus will increase and change in appearance. Once it has a sticky, egg white consistency, you are most likely to be ovulating.
- Basal Body Temperature: Using a dependable thermometer, take your temperature everyday at the same time. It is best that your temperature is taken first thing in the morning before getting out of bed. The average temperature before ovulation should fall between 96 to 98ºF. After ovulation, the temperature should fall between 97 to 99ºF. After several months of tracking, you will be able to see when your temperature spikes. Right before this occurs is when your body is the most fertile.
- Take an Ovulation Test: You can find ovulation kits at your local drugstore. Much like a pregnancy test, you will need to urinate on the stick during the window of time you are ovulating. Some women find that using these once their period ends and before the next period starts is helpful in tracking ovulation. Ovulation kits are able to identify the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in urine, which increases right before the egg releases.
Schedule Your Consultation
For more information on how to track your ovulation or to learn more about the fertility treatments we provide, please contact our office today online or call (806) 788-1212 to set up a consultation with Dr. Dorsett.