Figuring out when you are ovulating is really crucial for becoming pregnant quickly. If you can time your sexual intercourse a few days before ovulation through a day after ovulation, you have every possibility to get pregnant.
These are days when you are most fertile and hence the probability of getting conceived is very high when you have intercourse during this phase.
Normally, the menstrual cycle completes in 28 days starting from the first day of your menstrual period. And ovulation – the expulsion of egg – occurs on the 14th day of the cycle. An egg lives for 24 hours after its expulsion.
The sperms survive for up to 3 days after their release. Thus those sperms released a few days before ovulation right up to a day after you ovulate have the best opportunity to fertilize the egg.
For women with pretty regular menstrual period, a simple calculation can roughly forecast ovulation. However in most women menstrual period arrive a few earlier or may be late by a few days. As such, calculation always does not work. And in women with grossly unpredictable and irregular menstrual periods, forecasting ovulation with arithmetic calculation is impossible. Therefore, it is important to find out other ways to predict ovulation.
There are a few subtle signs of ovulation which when observed carefully can tell you that you are in fact ovulating. One of these signs of ovulation is change in the texture of cervical mucus. The mucus is a protective shield and its texture and volume changes as the menstrual cycle progresses toward ovulation.
The volume of this mucous increases, its color becomes clearer and its texture becomes slippery. These changes are triggered by a rise in the level of estrogen in your body. Therefore, you can start observing the color and texture of the mucous now and every day so as to observe the changes.
The point at which the mucous is most clear and slippery can be taken as the point when you are most fertile. Another sign is lower abdominal pain which is characterized with mild achiness.
Ovulation can also be forecast by measuring your body basal temperature which rises by up to 1 degree Celsius when you ovulate. You can observe the rise in temperature using a basal body temperature thermometer. You can also buy an ovulation predictor kit which is fairly accurate.