For those of us who have been trying for a few months or for a bit longer, the “wait and see” seems like an eternity, I know. Remember, however, that it’s actually quite normal to NOT become pregnant within the first few months of trying and for it NOT to be an indicator of any fertility issues. In fact, the determining factor of when something could be amiss is generally based on a woman’s age…magic number of 35. The general rule is those under 35 could wait 1-12 months before resorting to consulting a specialist. Those over 35 should confer with a specialist after 6 months with no success.
Is this always the case? No, of course not. I personally have met several, healthy young women in their fertile “prime” years (27-32) who, for some reason or another, could never conceive on their own. They had to make the difficult decision to consult with a Reproductive Endocrinologist for further testing. How do you know if and when you should determine to seek outside counsel? Don’t worry…we will explore all of the options in our next Guide.
For now, let’s read on to ensure that we all have a good understanding of how our body reproduces and what steps need to occur in order for a pregnancy to happen.
Many of us have a general understanding of how the body undergoes the complicated steps in order to produce a viable egg which is ready for fertilization. But do you really know what the process entails?
Watch this video to become better acquainted with your own female body and the miraculous undertaking a normal cycle undergoes each and every month:
So now that you have better understanding of how the process is supposed to work, what now? Well, for those of you who have just started trying to have a family or have been trying for some time there are some factors to consider before continuing on any further:
- How long is your own menstrual cycle? Day 1 of your cycle is best measured from the first day of heavy menstrual flow. A normal cycle can range anywhere from 28-32 days on average and, if your cycle occurs normally on a monthly basis, then you would expect to ovulate at the halfway mark of your menstrual cycle. This means that if you average 28 days between periods, then expect ovulation to occur around Day 14. If your cycle lasts a little longer than 28 days then simply subtract 14 days from your cycle length to determine when you’d ovulate. To determine how long your cycles are on a month to month basis, chart them for a few months. One misconception I’d like to point out is that you should begin timing your cycle on Day 1 of the calendar month…and that just might work…if Day 1 of your cycle happens to coincide with Day 1 of the calendar. This is highly unlikely however and only a small percentage of women will have that situation occur on a regular basis.
- When exactly do I ovulate within the middle of my cycle? For a woman to be able to conceive, there’s a very short 24-48 hour window when an egg can be fertilized; this occurring just before and just after ovulation.
- How can I tell when I’m about to ovulate? So let’s assume that you’ve determined the length of your cycle by charting it for a couple of months and have calculated a timeframe for ovulation to occur. How can you be sure when the 24-48 hour time period will be? We recommend the following three methods:
- By Charting your Basal Body Temperature– Start off by downloading this handy, free chart (in fahrenheit and celsius). What is the Basal Body Temperature looking for? Increases in a woman’s “resting” temperature which can vary from 0.5 to 1 degree after ovulation occurs. So, what do I do with this chart? Simple. Starting on Day 1 of your cycle, take your temperature at the same time each day and, most importantly, DO NOT do any activity prior to taking your temperature! No moving (besides reaching for that thermometer of course), no drinking liquids, etc. Very important because the slight activity will inadvertently raise that body temperature and you’ll get inaccurate results of your “resting” temperature. Document your temp on the chart you’ve downloaded and watch as it starts to rise. Now the correct way of using this method lies all in the timing. Once the temperature shows a 0.5-1 degree increase, ovulation has already occurred, unfortunately. Numerous studies have shown that the best way of conceiving is BEFORE the egg is released, not after. So, once you see the temperature start its rise, start having that timed intercourse every other day (giving the sperm the ability to recoop its supply). Can I use any ol’ thermometer? No, not really. Regular thermometers are not sensitive enough and a basal body thermometer is recommended. We like to use:
- A medical grade thermometer that is both FDA & European CE approved.
- The MT-4320 gives you medically accurate readings in JUST 15 seconds. OVER A MINUTE QUICKER than other devices on the market.
- An EASY read LCD screen with no disruption to you or your LOVED ONES.
- Accurate to 1/10th degree with RAPID results.
- A BUILT-IN ALARM CLOCK which will awaken you at the same time EVERYDAY thereby improving the accuracy of predicting your ovulation cycle.
- A test COMPLETION ALARM which will register 3 soft beeps once a measurement has been taken.
- A FEVER Alarm which will repeatedly beep 10 times if the measured temperature is higher than 99.50℉ (37.50℃).
- A Large Display with a large blue backlight display for easy visibility, even in the dark.
- Battery is Included. User replaceable.
2. By using LH Predictor Kits– If you’re unsure about the BBT method and getting the most accurate results, then consider these simple to use “sticks” that you test every morning to detect LH surges. So what is an LH surge, you ask? It’s the Luteinizing Hormone which triggers ovulation to occur. Simpler to use than the BBT method, you just need to urinate on one stick a day to see the results. Then mid-cycle, an LH surge will signal that you should now proceed with your timed intercourse. This method takes the guesswork out of the situation because these strips (when used correctly) are extremely accurate.
In this category, you’ve got a variety of “tools” at your disposal. There are the most inexpensive option of testing strips/sticks:
Clearblue Easy’s digital Ovulation Testers.
Now, some couples who’ve been trying with these previous methods and haven’t found success, take a step further and opt to purchase the most accurate LH predictors on the market:
What exactly makes this so precise? Well, it:
- Detects LH and estrogen hormones.
- Gives you comprehensive, personal information about your cycle to help you map out your fertility calendar.
- Counts the days and tells you which days to test.
- Tells you when you’re having Low, High, and Peak fertility days.
Used with its own test strips:Starting on Day 1 of your cycle, you begin to monitor your daily hormonal changes as they occur. To give you an idea, this is what you’ll begin to see as your hormones start their fluctuations:
You’ll be amazed at the precision this method can offer you.
And finally, we have found an innovative and very simple way of tracking your personal ovulation that works just like a BBT but with no thermometer nor pee sticks! What is it?
Introducing the first wearable bracelet which monitors not only your ovulation with a 6 day window for more success but it also monitors your overall health. Check out: https://www.avawomen.com/
No matter which option you choose, remember to give yourself plenty of breathing room to achieve a pregnancy and don’t forget to preface this with our Let’s Become Fertile Now! Guide for everyone for maximum success!