Conceiving quicker is all about the timing! A seemingly simple process, viable sperm meets an egg at the exact right time of your cycle, unfortunately it’s never that simple. There are a few tried and tested methods of determining the optimal time for conception from checking your Ovulation Calculator to charting your fertility window. However the most vital process is the timing, it is of no use if you have perfect eggs and faultless sperm if they don’t get the opportunity to meet, and to ensure this happens, sex has to occur on the day of ovulation (as a ripened egg is released from the ovary) or even a few days before (did you know that sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for several days?). Miss those vital days and you’ve missed that opportunity for this cycle at least.
Why not have sex every other day throughout your cycle to ensure you get the timing right, good for the body, bonding with your partner, maybe even lose a few pounds as you increase your stamina – and it feels good right! But if the thought of having sex as a rostered and pre-meditated activity doesn’t appeal here’s few other methods that can help you along:
Charting your cycle
Misconceptions abound that every woman ovulates and is most fertile on day 14 of her cycle, however this is only true in women who have a perfectly regular 28-day cycle. In actuality it’s not 14 days after your period begins but usually the 14 days before your cycle that ovulation occurs. So if your cycle is regular you could estimate your date of ovulation by subtracting 2 weeks from the date of your next expected period. Or to simplify get your hands on a Ovulation Calendar/ Ovulation Calculator that will do all the hard work for you.
Get the thermometer out and take that temperature!
Charting your BBT (basal body temperature) – your morning body temperature before you get out of bed is another tried and tested method of pinpointing ovulation. If your a non-ovulating woman your normal temperature is between 96 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit, however following the release of an egg, your basal body temperature increases slightly and remains elevated right up until before menstruation. This does require persistence as in order to chart your ovulation correctly you will need to chart the BBT over the course of a few cycles and purchase a specific thermometer called a Basal Body Thermometer, that measures temperature in tenths of degrees.
Use a fertility monitor.
Particularly brilliant for those who tend to experience irregular cycles, ovulation predictor kits (OPK’s) and fertility monitors can help you pinpoint with great accuracy your fertility window. With the majority of kits measuring your morning urine to detect traces of luteinising hormone which surges right before ovulation, you simply urinate on a small stick which then indicates when you are close to ovulation. There are also Saliva Testing Kits that can also detect through ‘ferning’ which is a crystal like pattern that forms in your saliva when you are ovulating.
The secrets of cervical mucus
Saliva and urine aside there is one more bodily fluid that can indicate where you are in your cycle. Cervical Mucus! Ok maybe a little on the ‘ick’ side for some but it’s surprisingly cost effective and accurate. You can examine your cervical mucus by feel or appearance, for a few days post period your cervical fluid may be dry or sticky, then it starts to get wetter and thinner. When your cervical mucus is slippery and stretchy, almost a little like a raw egg white, that’s your body at it’s most fertile.
So with so many options both high or extremely low tech to choose from, you can be assured that any one of them will help you identify your most fertile phase in your cycle.