Are you trying to get pregnant? It’s important to know when your most fertile days are in order to increase your chances of conception. Knowing your cycle and when the best time is to conceive can be the difference between a successful pregnancy or months of frustration.
A woman’s fertility cycle is not exact, so predicting your most fertile days can be difficult. There are, however, certain signs you can look out for to better understand your cycle. Knowing what your individual fertility pattern looks like is key to becoming familiar with the subtle changes that can provide insight into your ovulation period.
The length of a woman’s cycle will usually be about 28 days, but it could vary anywhere from 21 to 35 days. The first half of the cycle is known as the ‘follicular phase’ and is when the body is preparing itself for ovulation. During this time, you may experience thinning cervical mucus and lower than usual temperatures.
As you near ovulation, your temperature will rise and the cervical mucus will become thicker and more slippery. This means that your body is nearing its peak fertility. You’ll also begin to notice a change in cervical position and increased libido.
To accurately predict your most fertile days, it’s important to keep track of both your temperature and state of cervical mucus every day. An easy way to do this is to use an app or tracker specifically made to monitor fertility changes. With this information, you can start determining the fertile days of your cycle.
Remember that everyone is different and while there are certain patterns you can look out for, no two cycles are exactly the same. Being familiar with your own unique fertility pattern is the best way to give yourself an advantage when trying to conceive.