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How to Track Your Ovulation to Get Pregnant

How to Track Your Ovulation to Get Pregnant

How to Track Your Ovulation to Get Pregnant

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a while without success, it’s time to get strategic. One way is to track your menstrual cycle so you can make sure to get intimate with your partner within your most fertile time — about 5 days before and on the day of your ovulation.

Understand Ovulation and Conception

The first step of tracking your ovulation is to understand how conception works and how a conception calendar can help you to get pregnant. From how long eggs can survive after ovulation to when ovulation happens, getting a firm grasp of the basics will help you plan and improve your chance of success.

Keep a Menstrual Calendar

Tracking your menstrual cycle is essential for a woman trying for a baby. “If you have regular periods — let’s say you have a 28-day cycle — you know you will ovulate on Day 14 so you can calculate your conception,” says Dr Tan Thiam Chye, an obstetrician and gynaecologist. There are a variety of ways to track your menstrual cycle: on a calendar, in your diary, or through an app downloaded to your smartphone.

Unfortunately, for those whose cycles are less regular, the menstrual calendar can only give you a rough idea of your “fertile window”, when you are most fertile (usually 2 weeks after your last period).

Track Your Body Temperature

Another way to determine your ovulation date involves tracking your body temperature every day, ideally in the morning. Over several period cycles, you will begin to see a pattern. Look for an uptick in temperature, as your body temperature rises after ovulation. You can match this against your menstrual calendar to increase the accuracy of your fertile window. The downside to this method is it can only serve as a prediction of a future ovulation — by the time your body temperature peaks, you have already ovulated.

Get an Ovulation Test Kit

Around 24 hours before ovulation, the female body will see a surge in luteinising hormone which can be detected by an ovulation test kit. If you already have an estimate for your fertile window, you can use such ovulation test kits around this time to pinpoint the day(s) that will give you the greatest chance of successful conception. Such test kits are very simple to use; all you need to do is to pass your first urine of the day on the test strip and wait a few minutes for the result to appear. There are many such products available and they’re usually quite accurate.

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MBBS (S'pore), M.Med(O&G) (S'pore) Head & Senior Consultant Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology KK Women's and Children's Hospital Director (Clinical), Office of Patient Experience Deputy Director (Education), KKH Campus Associate Professor Duke - NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

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