There are certain days within a woman’s menstrual cycle when her chances of getting pregnant are higher than others, and they are called fertile days. In fact, there are days of the cycle when getting pregnant is a virtual impossibility. It is important that you learn exactly where the fertile window falls for you in order to optimize your chances of conceiving.
How to calculate your fertile days
Fertile days differ from one woman to another, but there is a general rule that applies to everyone the world over. The rule is that the six days leading up to ovulation are your most fertile ones. And what is ovulation, you ask? To take you back to your biology classes, ovulation is the process by which a mature egg is released from the ovary in to the fallopian tube. It is in the fallopian tube where fertilization, or the fusion of the egg with the sperm, is supposed to happen. If fertilization does not occur, menstruation takes place. If it does occur, then a zygote starts developing in the womb.
Generally, the menstruation cycle of a woman lasts for about 28 days, although there are many exceptions. Assuming that the length of your cycle is 28 days, then ovulation occurs on the 14th day of your cycle. The first day of your cycle is the day you first menstruating, and the last day is the day right before you start menstruating. Your fertile days therefore are the six days right before you ovulate and well into your ovulation. The three days leading up to the ovulation are your most fertile ones, and you need to learn where they fall in order to improve your chances of conceiving.
When is your ovulation date?
It is of critical importance that you learn the exact day when you ovulate. Unfortunately, however, knowing exactly when you are going to ovulate is not as clear cut as the books may have you believe. This is especially true because there is often no outward manifestation of the ongoing process in your reproductive system. However, if you are keen enough, and if you pay close attention to the signs, you will be able to tell when you are ovulating. But be warned that before you reach any definite conclusion, you will have to keep a consistent record of the signs that you notice for a number of months.
Signs of Ovulation
1) Basal Body Temperature
Your basal body temperature is the temperature of your body when you wake up. After ovulation, your basal body temperature should ideally raise by half of a degree Celsius. It is a tiny, almost imperceptible change, but if you are keen enough, you will notice it. That way, the next month you will be all set three days prior to ovulation.Mucus
Your vaginal discharge can also tell you a thing or two about your ovulation period. If it starts becoming clear and slick, then you are most probably ovulating, and it is time for action.
Admittedly, calculating your fertile days can be a bit of a task. Luckily however, the internet is full of websites and applications designed to help you do the math correctly. Use these to your advantage, and you will have an easy time determining your fertile days.