Ovulation calendar: what are your fertile days

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The search for a baby has its secrets. How to put together your ovulation calendar and know when you can get pregnant.

Fertile days. Information that is essential to unravel when looking to have a baby. Are the dates around the ovulation, the time in which the body prepares to conceive, when the ovary releases a mature egg that, if fertilized, increases the chances of being pregnant.

A very useful resource for you to know what those days are is to keep track of the menstrual cycle for several months. A record, a ovulation calendar that will help you predict which are, and which ones not, your fertile days.

Before proceeding with the ovulation calendar, there are two fundamental facts: the first is that the ovum, once released, can be fertilized between 12 and 48 hours later. The second, that sperm live up to 5 days (72 hours).

The chances of staying pregnant They increase if at the time of ovulation the sperm have already crossed the cervix and are in the fallopian tubes, the tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus and where fertilization occurs.

With this sequence in mind, we know that fertilization can occur even several days after having sexual intercourse.

One of the first steps in calculating your fertile days is to identify the regularity – or irregularity – of your menstrual cycles. He ovulation calendar consists of neither more nor less than studying several of these cycles – the period between two rules – in order to be able to predict quite accurately the date on which there will be possibilities pregnant.

It is well known, for example, that if a menstrual cycle is 28 days long, the ovulation it will occur about half, on the 14th. But in this matter nature is not exact and many women have more -or less- long cycles that force them to calculate the fertile days in a personalized way.

Although they are considered regular, meaning that the periods are exactly repeated every month in this woman, it may happen that the intervals are 23, 30 or 35 days and not the usual 28. And there are also those who have irregular cycles, with great variations from one cycle to another.

Therefore, first of all, it is necessary to know the average duration of the menstrual cycle, a natural process that begins on the first day of each period and ends the day before the next menstruation.

Keeping track of this information will allow you to know if a change was due to an isolated situation, if it is cyclical, or if, definitely, your menstrual cycle varies completely each month. It will also help you to record the monthly changes your body experiences as it prepares for a possible pregnancy.

In the calendar -which is important to complete during several periods-, both the days of the beginning of the menstruations and the dates they end are noted.

Also, if at any particular time -between period and period- you have any discomfort (mild cramps, breast tenderness, abdominal swelling, pain on one side of the pelvis).

And, a very important fact, the increase in the amount and / or viscosity (color, texture) of vaginal discharge. And the body temperature can be settled, which in the ovulation increases between 0.5 and 1 ° C.

With the information already collected, the simplest case to calculate will be if your cycles are always 28 days, which will lead us to assume that your ovulation it is in the middle, that is, at 14 days.

So to try to stay pregnant you should add 14 days from the beginning of the rule. If your last period started on the 2nd of the month, for example, you probably ovulate on the 16th and your fertile days will be between the 13th and 19th (it may extend a little further forward and / or backward).

On the other hand, if your cycles are regular – although not every 28 days – there is a relatively precise data to consider in your statistics: from the date of ovulation usually they spend 14 days until the beginning of the next menstruation. It does not matter if the cycle lasts 24, 30 or 32 days.

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