Time-Tested vs. High Tech Methods for Detecting Ovulation
A notepad, basal body thermometer and observation skills can help you determine how regularly you ovulate. For centuries, this basic method has enabled women to time intercourse to become or avoid getting pregnant.
Chart your basal body temperature
A woman’s body temperature will lower before ovulation, and spike by at least .4 degrees after ovulation. Record your temperature each morning over several months to reveal a pattern. Online ovulation charts provide a template for this exercise. While not the most accurate way to chart ovulation, it’s a place to start.
Examine your cervical mucus
The body prepares for pregnancy by secreting sperm-friendly mucus around the time of ovulation. Early-cycle mucus feels dry or sticky, but becomes stringy and stretchable as ovulation approaches.
Your cue to increase the frequency of sexual intercourse: cervical mucus with a raw egg white consistency.
Ovulation predictor kits
Ovulation predictor kits, available at drugstores, provide an accurate, convenient assessment of luteinizing hormone (LH) surges that indicate ovulation will occur within 24 to 48 hours. Dr. Douglas does not recommend a particular brand, but advises women to check with a pharmacist before purchasing a kit.
Timed Intercourse. When is the Best Time to Have Sex?
Now that you have identified the date of ovulation, and are more aware of the body’s signs of ovulation, you can time intercourse to increase your chances for getting pregnant. Signs may also include breast tenderness, spotting, and/or one-sided pain or cramping in abdomen near an ovary.
I’ve tried for a year and I’m still not pregnant!
For the 1 in 7 couples that experience infertility, a reproductive endocrinologist can intervene to help Mother Nature along. Maternal age, male factors, health habits such as smoking and weight and certain medical conditions can negatively impact fertility.
Dr. Douglas with IVF Plano identifies fertility inhibitors through testing, including an in-office procedures such as blood testing, sonograms, and hysterosalpingogram, and can help get you back on track with your plans to start a family.