Advanced Maternal Age – Knowing Your Fertile Period

Getting pregnant after 35, which is considered as advanced maternal age, may seem like a challenge for many. This is mainly because the fertility of the woman decreases with age.

If you have been trying to get pregnant and all your efforts have been in vain, make sure you know when you are most fertile to conceive.

What is ovulation?

Ovulation is the time period which offers favorable circumstances for one to conceive. This happens with the ovary releases an egg and it travels down the fallopian tube. This is the ripe time to conceive. But how do you know you are ovulating?

Use a calender

Mark the day when your period begins and note down how many days it lasts. If you have a 28-day cycle consistently, ovulation starts about 14 days after the first day of your last period. There are several websites which help women calculate their fertile period. Just google and you will find many sites offering such calculations for free. While this can only be predicted, there are several other factors which determine when the ovulation occurs. These include any stress, illness, or physical activity. For someone who has irregular cycles, it is difficult to calculate the ovulation period accurately.

Look for change in cervical mucus

The cervical mucus tends to get clear and slippery just below ovulation. It has the appearance of a raw egg white. When the ovulation period is over, it either dissapears or becomes cloudy and sticky.

Track basal body temperature

Basal body temperature is the temperature of your body when you are at rest. To monitor this basal body temperature, you can use an oral thermometer or a digital one that is available in the market. Take your temperature every morning as soon as you wake up and jot down the readings. A slight increase of this temperature can happen during ovulation. When this slightly high temperature is stable for 2 or 3 days, then ovulation must have happened and you must be fertile.

Buy an ovulation predicting kit

There are over-the-counter ovulation kits available in the pharmacies. Using this, you can test your urine for the increase in hormones that happens before the ovulation period. Once you have found out your ovulation period, increase the frequency of intercourse around that time. You are most likely to hit the right time for conception. Let your obstetrician know that you are trying to conceive and take the required prenatal medications as per prescription. If required, your obstetrician will refer you to a fertility specialist to help you further.