How to Track Your Ovulation
If you’re trying to conceive, ovulation is key. Ovulation is when your body releases an egg that’s available to be fertilized by sperm. To up your chances of conceiving, you need to know when you’re ovulating. Here are a few ways to track your ovulation.
Your basal body temperature is your lowest temperature during rest. To track your basal body temperature, you need to take your temperature first thing in the morning before you get out of bed, ideally at the same time every day. For 3-4 months, chart your temperatures on a graph or in a spreadsheet. You’ll start to see patterns emerge after a few months.
Ovulation Predictor Kits
Ovulation predictor kits test your urine for luteinizing hormone (LH). LH surges about 24-48 hours before you ovulate. These kits can be pricey, but they’re pretty accurate.
Monitoring Cervical Mucus
Cervical mucus changes throughout your menstrual cycle in response to rising hormone levels. In the days leading up to ovulation, you’ll notice that your cervical mucus becomes clear, slippery, and stretchy—a bit like raw egg whites. This is prime time for baby-making!
There are a few different ways that you can track your ovulation. The important thing is to find the method (or methods) that work best for you and stick with it for a few months so that you can start to see patterns emerge. Once you have a good understanding of when you’re ovulating, you can start planning accordingly—and increase your chances of conceiving!