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The first objective within fertility awareness is to become familiar with your menstrual cycle and to begin charting your fertility pattern. The average menstrual cycle is between 28 to 32 days, however there are two parts related to your cycle: before ovulation and after ovulation. Here is a glance at an average cycle to give you a gauge for examining your cycle: Day 1: The first day of your menstrual flow is the beginning of your cycle. Day 7: By day seven your egg is preparing to be fertilized by sperm. Days 11-21: (based on 28-day cycle) Hormones in your body cause the egg to be released from the ovary around this time. This process is known as ovulation. The egg travels through the fallopian tube towards the uterus. If sperm penetrates the egg, the fertilized egg will attach to the lining of the uterus and begin to grow. If fertilization does not happen the egg breaks apart. Day 28: Hormone levels drop around this day causing the lining of the uterus to be shed making up your menstrual flow. It is important to realize that the first part of the menstrual cycle (before ovulation) is different in every woman and can even change from month to month. The variation usually occurs from 13 to 20 days long. The last half of the cycle is usually more similar for every women, because there are about 14 days from day of ovulation until the start of the next period. This is why women are encouraged to track their cycles and count back 14 days from their LMP to narrow down their most fertile time of the month. Calendar tracking method: Your past menstrual cycles will work as a guide for estimating your fertile times. In order to track your menstrual cycle and to identify your expected ovulation follow the step by step process below: Step 1: Plan on tracking your menstrual cycle for 8 to 12 months. Step 2: Day 1 will be the first day you start menstruation. Step 3: Pick the longest and shortest of the cycles from your monthly tracking. Step 4: The first day of your fertility period is determined by subtracting 18 days from the length of your shortest cycle. If 26 days was your shortest menstrual cycle, take 26 and subtract 18 to come up with the number 8. This means that the first day of your fertility window starts on the 8th day of your cycle. Step 5: The last fertile day is determined by subtracting 11 from the length of your longest cycle. If 32 days was your longest menstrual cycle, take 32 and subtract 11 to reach the number 21. This means that the last day of your fertility period ends on the 21st day of your cycle.
to ensure the best chances of conception. The steps below can help you as you begin to track your temperature and identify when you are ovulating. The mucus wetness increases daily.The time in between these is considered your fertility window. If you are trying to get pregnant. Step 1: Take your temperature orally each morning before you become active. clear. You cannot get pregnant everyday during this time. and alcohol or drug use can affect your temperature and make it difficult to establish an accurate reading. Your ovulation is expected during this time frame. It should be abundant. The increase in temperature is the sign that ovulation has just occurred. As you get closer to ovulation. but it will be followed by a sharp increase after ovulation. you may have a slight decline. Buy a Basal Thermometer Now. this fertility period would be the targeted time for sexual intercourse. but it is sometime during this time frame that pregnancy can occur. By looking at charting from a few cycles. Illness.4 and 1 degree farenheit when you ovulate. there are 3 to 4 dry days following a 5 day menstrual flow. lack of sleep. It has been described as egg whites. In the average cycle. Step 3: Record you temperature every day on your fertility tracking calendar. In the above example. you need to abstain from sexual intercourse or use a barrier form of birth control during your fertility window. Ovulation occurs when you have your peak day of stretchy mucus (within two days). the temperatures can reveal a pattern from which ovulation can be anticipated. Basal body temperature method: Your basal body temperature measures a change in the temperature that occurs after ovulation and remains elevated until your next period. and very stretchy. Your body temperature will only rise between 0. . Because the increase happens after you have ovulated. slippery. If you are trying to avoid getting pregnant. Your mucus is easily recognized at this point. you will see that prior to ovulation your temperature is rather consistent. lasting approximately 9 days until the wettest day. If you record it every day. this method is best used by those who have time to track and study their charts for a couple months. In order to use the cervical mucus method to identify your ovulation follow the few steps noted below: Step 1: Collect the mucus from the vaginal opening with your fingers by wiping them from front to back. your fertility period would be from the 8th day of your cycle to the 21st day of your cycle. Step 2: Use a basal thermometer which recognizes small changes in your temperature. Cervical mucus method: The consistency of your cervical mucus changes during the menstrual cycle.
or stretchy) and the feel (dry. .Step 2: Record it daily on your fertility calendar by making note of the color (yellow. slippery. Do not douche or use spermicides which increase your risk for infection and may wash away or change the appearance of the mucus. Typical use. sticky. wet. The effectiveness depends on your diligence to track and record your fertility pattern and your commitment to abstaining from sexual intercourse or using a barrier form of birth control during your fertility window. sticky. clear or cloudy). slippery and most stretchy. Step 3: Ovulation is recorded on the day that your mucus is clearest. the consistency (thick. If you are committed to tracking and recording your fertility information. white. shows a failure rate of approximately 25%. stretchy). How effective is fertility awareness? When fertility awareness is used correctly and consistently. which refers to the average use. you can achieve much higher success rates. it may reach effective rates around 90%.