Pregnancy is only possible in a very limited window of six days - the five days prior to ovulation through to the day of ovulation. This period is the ‘fertile window’ in a woman’s cycle, which makes it the best time to try and conceive. Getting pregnant quicker depends on making sure that the sperm and egg meet at the right time in your cycle. Charting your ovulation cycle helps you do this.
It is generally believed that ovulation happens around day 14 of the menstrual cycle; however, you must remember that this true if you have a perfect 28 day cycle. Most women don’t – so for someone with a 30 day cycle, ovulation could take place on day 16. The exact timing might vary from woman to woman, and even month to month. Therefore, looking to your body for certain signs could help you plan better.
Cervical Mucus Secretion
Just before you ovulate, you might notice an increase in clear, slippery vaginal secretion. After ovulation, when the odds of becoming pregnant are slim, this discharge becomes cloudy and thick or disappears entirely.
Basal Body Temperature
Ovulation can also cause a slight increase in basal body temperature – a sure indicator that you have ovulated. You are most fertile during the 2 -3 days before your temperature rises. So tracking your basal temperature can give you a fairly accurate idea about your cycle and help you calculate your ‘fertile window’.
Figure out the length of your average menstrual cycle. Day one is the first day of the menstrual cycle and the last day is the day before the next period begins. Ovulation takes place about two weeks before the next expected period. In a 28 day cycle, you would ovulate around day 14, but this varies according to the length of your cycle.
For example, in a 28 day cycle, the fertile window starts on day 12. If you have a longer cycle of say 35 days, ovulation would take place on day 21, and the fertile window starts on day 19. If your cycle is very short, say about 21 days, ovulation happens on day 7, and your fertile window would start on day 5.
Aside from a regular cycle and intercourse at the right time, it is important that you are healthy. Sometimes, this could mean making changes in your lifestyle to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby. Our specialists at Srushti can guide you through these key changes as take steps to start your family.