Ovulation Calendar Temperature

Laura asks…

How can I determine my Luteal phase?

I am trying to use a ovulation calendar application and I need the Luteal phase, I had my last period december 17-22, and I am supposed to have my period jan 14-19, Its a 28 day cycle, please help.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You can’t know your luteal phase without knowing when ovulation occured. Because it is the amount of time from when you ovulated until you started your period.

I would chart your BBT (basalbody temperature) and check secondary fertility signs like cervical mucous, for a few months to get a pattern. My letural phase over 6 months was always 11-12 days. But I ovulated on a different day each month of the six months. The month I conceived I ovulated on day 21 of my cycle.

Get this book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Charge-Your-Fertility-Anniversary/dp/0060881909/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262973862&sr=8-1

Use this site: Fertility Friend On-line

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/

And get some LH strips (leutenizing hormone strips) for detecting the presence of the leutenizing hormone only present for 48 hours during ovulation.

Thats the absolute best I can offer.

Mary asks…

Whats the difference between fertility and ovulation?

Ok, well my last period was on december. 18, 2010. I have an app on my phone that keeps up with my period and everything. Well on there it said that on december. 25-28 is my high fertlity days and on the 29th is ovulation. So what’s the difference? Can you have sex on any of them days and get pregnant? I had sex on the 18th and the 30th, is there any chance that I’m pregnant?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Ovulation would be the estimate of when the egg would be released while your fertile days would be days in which you are predicted to have good cervical mucus and that the sperm cells could start their journey towards the egg – sperm will survive a couple of days within the right environment. So having intercourse on the fertile days would be optimal time.

Assuming the app is correct – having sex on the 18th would have been too early and the 30th would have been late . . . But the reality is unless you are using cervical mucus / positioning or basal body temperature . . . The calendars are frequently off especially if you do not have the “average” 28 day cycle. Going by just the date of your last few periods is not enough of a guide.

Basically, the 30th is not optimal time – but there is a chance.

Jenny asks…

Can you get pregnant anytime of the month?

I have just started TTC and I have been getting all sucked into the ovulation calendar but my question is – if we TTC other times of the month beside my best ovulation days – do I still have a good chance of getting pregnant? Started TTC last month! Thanks!!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I know that you need a sperm and an egg to make a baby… But it can happen any time of the month because you can release an egg at any time. Many women ovulate on a regular cycle, but some don’t. Unless you are keeping track of your basal body temperature and stuff, I don’t know that there is a way to tell when you have ovulated for sure.

Chances are more likely that you will get pregnant during the predicted ovulation time, but it is not IMPOSSIBLE to get pregnant at any time of the month. I got pregnant with my first child on my LEAST fertile day and pregnant with the second on my most fertile day. (I think sperm can live for up to two or three days inside you, as well… That must have an impact, too!) If you are trying to get pregnant, it can’t hurt to try even when the calendar says you aren’t ovulating!

Helen asks…

How do I keep track of my period and ovulation and such?

Ok so I am 18 years old, so obviously I’ve had a lot of periods, my periods have always been fairly irregular and sometimes I can go months without having one. How do I go about starting to keep track of them and how do you keep track of ovulation? Is there an easy way of doing this?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

There are various mobile phone applications or web sites like mymonthlycycles.com where you enter-in details such as when you menstruate and fertility signs such as fertile quality cervical mucus that may help you track your cycles – but for the most part these will only guess ovulation and when menstruation is due based on your past cycles, so not much better than just using a calendar.

The best thing to do is use Fertility Awareness Method – with this method you track your basal body temperature, cervical position, and cervical mucus daily to determine when you are ovulating, when menstruation is due, etc. – it’s tricky to learn however once you know how it’s easy to follow. With FAM you will track your cycle and have very valuable information to give to your doctor if you seek treatment for menstrual problems as this will save you a lot of expensive and invasive testing.

Get With The Flow: All About FAM – http://www.scarleteen.com/article/body/get_with_the_flow_all_about_fam
Taking Charge Of Your Fertility (considered the FAM bible) – http://www.tcoyf.com

Nancy asks…

What is the difference between implantation and midcycle bleeding?

I had sex 2 days before my period ended. Now it its the middle of the cycle and Im bleeding a bit. Is this implantation or is this ovulation? My caladar said i’m suppose to be ovulating, I’m confusd

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The only time you can conceive is when you ovulate. The egg would be fertilized on the day you ovulated (the day of conception). It takes the fertilized egg around a week and up to 10 days to implant into the uterus. Implantation bleeding happens less then 30% of the time.

Unless you ovulated, right after you period stopped this is most likely not implantation bledding.

It could be ovulation spotting. Some women have a day or two of light bleeding right around ovulation. This spotting is normal and is a fertility sign that can help identify where you are in your cycle. It’s usually the result of the sudden drop in estrogen just before ovulation and tends to occur more often in long cycles.

A calendar can not tell you when you are going to ovulate. Ovulation calendars opperate on the myth that women ovulate on a certain day of their cycle. The calendars are only guessing. The day of ovulation can change in each cycle. Lots of things can affect ovulation: stress, illness, travel, holidays, anything different. You need to get to know your body and look for signs as to when you are ovulating.

In order to know when you ovulate and when you are in your fertile phase, chart your waking temperature and observe your cervical mucus.

In order to get pregnant you need fertile cervical fluid/mucus. The cervical mucus consistency varies through a woman’s cycle. The consistency of your cervical mucus changes during the cycle due to hormonal fluctuations. You are considered most fertile when the mucus becomes clear, slippery, and stretchy. Many women compare mucus at this stage to raw egg whites. The amount of this thin mucus will steadily increase until you experience your ‘mucus peak’. This is the last day of this phase where the chance of conception is high. It is closely tied to ovulation. During this phase, the sperm’s survival rate is higher. Here is some information of cervical mucus.

Stages of Cervical Fluid: Post Menses
Stage 1: Lasting 2 – 3 days CM is Sticky or Gummy
Stage 2: Lasting 2- 4 days: CM is Creamy, Milky, Lotion Like – Beginning of your fertile period
Stage 3: Lasting 1-5 days: Egg white Cervical Fluid – At this time you are very fertile.
Stage 4: Dry, Moist or Sticky (Infertile)

Here is a more detailed description:

http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/cervical-mucus.html

http://www.fertilityuk.org/nfps401.html – this one has pictures

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