One of the best ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant is by knowing your ovulation cycle. There is a simple way to work this out by using this free ovulation calendar. All you have to do is enter your dates and details and receive a quick calculation. Please be aware that this is just a general estimation of your ovulation cycle.
To definitely know your time of ovulation, there are other factors to consider. You will need to consider your own hormones and not just the dates that you read on the screen. The question is, how do you know you’re at your peak time for fertility?
Top 5 Ways to Determine Your Most Fertile Time
Calculate a General Ovulation Date
The first step is to calculate when your ovulation is likely to be, based on the dates of your cycle.
Take an Ovulation Test
The levels of “LH” in your urine fluctuates during ovulation and this is picked up by ovulation tests. This is the luteinizing hormone and a surge occurs just before ovulation is about to begin. It’s the perfect time to try for a baby. These tests are affordable and 99.9% accurate when measuring the amount of LH in the urine.
Monitor Your Saliva
You can also pick up monitors that will check your saliva during ovulation. (We offer the Julia Fertility Monitor) This helps to pick up a surge in estrogen and works similar to the level of LH. The monitors are just like lipstick tubes and will help you see patterns in your estrogen before ovulation. The monitors can be reused and offer advance notice that ovulation is likely to occur.
Use a Fertility Monitor
You can also monitor your fertility with tests, such as using the Clearblue Fertility Monitor. These are completely electronic and test your saliva and urine. They are clear so you know whether you are at your most fertile or not. While they are extremely effective, they are not the cheapest option available since you’re paying for accuracy and the technology.
Use a Basal Thermometer
Part of testing your most fertile moment is testing your basal temperature and the best way of doing that is through the use of a basal thermometer. These help to anticipate your fertile period and confirm if you have already ovulated. Charting offers you the ability to know more about your body and works great with the other methods above.
Using our Free Ovulation Calendar
Using the free ovulation calendar is very easy to do. All you have to do is enter the first day that your menstrual bleeding started the previous month and the average length of your monthly cycle, along with the luteal phase. The luteal phase may be a date that you do not know as it is the date starting from the day after you ovulated the month before to the end of the menstrual cycle. This can be left blank and the default 14 days will be added.
The program will then work out an estimation of your next ovulation dates and helps to determine when you should start testing to see if ovulation has occurred. Our instructions page offers more information about testing for ovulation during your menstrual cycle.
Accurately Predicting Ovulation
Getting the Right Time for Intercourse
You need to get the right time to successfully have a baby. It takes six or more months for the average couple to conceive, but predicting when you are most fertile accurately and getting the right timing for intercourse will help increase those chances.
There is no need to be psychic, as long as you use the charting of your temperature and using the various testing products available. You will know a few days before ovulation begins. An LH test or ovulation microscope will help find that window of opportunity – 12 to 36 hours before ovulation. After you make love, stay in bed for an hour afterwards to help.