Tracking The Fertile Time Of Your Menstrual Cycle

If you are sexually active and are not at the right time in your life to have a baby, you are most likely concerned about using forms of birth control to help you avoid getting pregnant. While there are several contraceptives on the market, some women rely on the usage of fertility signals to help them determine when to avoid having intercourse. Here are some of the signs your body will reveal to you if you take the time to observe their presence.

Monitor Your Cervical Fluid For Consistency

Your cervical fluid will give you an idea as to where you are in your cycle. After you finish menstruating, make a notation of the consistency of your cervical fluid each day. This will vary from nothing seen or felt to a slippery, egg white-like substance released from your cervix. The cervical fluid is usually easier to track after you have a bowel movement, as it is pushed closer to the exterior of the body. Your fluid will increase as you become more fertile, indicating it is a good time to avoid sexual relations if do not wish to become pregnant. After the egg-white phase is competed, and fluid is no longer noticed, you have most likely passed ovulation.

Take Your Temperature To Track Trends

Taking your basil body temperature, upon waking, will help you in pinpointing when you in the fertile portion of your cycle. This should be done before you move to get out of bed and at the same time each morning. Fertility charts for tracking this information can be found online or you can get printed forms from a family planning center. As you accumulate a few months of temperatures, you will notice trends in the way they rise and dip throughout the month. When your temperature remains at least .2 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the previous six days, and lasts at this higher level for at least three days, ovulation most likely already occurred.

Use Ovulation Predictor Tests To Confirm Results

Tracking your cervical mucus and body temperatures will be helpful in determining an approximate ovulation date after you get used to the processes needed to decipher the information you collect. Taking ovulation predictor tests will help you in pinpointing the date with even more confidence. When you are getting used to tracking fertility signals, take ovulation tests during the times you suspect you are getting close to ovulation. A positive result can be tracked on your temperature chart. You can then watch your temperatures and fluid responses around this time to see if they coincide with the test results.

For more information, contact a health clinic that offers family planning and contraceptives, such as Abortion Care.