What are the basic steps to take to determine if I am fertile?
Real Mom Problem
“I've been having a few fertile signs (watery cm, open cervix although still somewhat firm, and increased sex drive), so I guess I'm just waiting to see that temperature shift.”
- 1. Moms recommend three basic checks to determine if you are ovulating or if you will be soon
- 2. Take and record your daily waking temperature, also known as your basal body temperature
- 3. Check the consistency of your cervical fluid or cervical mucus
- 4. Note the position of your cervix
Real Mom Solutions
Do you want a quick primer on how to recognize if you're at your fertile time of the month? This mom has excellent tips for figuring out if and when you're ready to make a baby.
There are three main signs to pay attention to: Waking temperature, cervical fluid, and cervical position. To watch these signs, it really doesn't take much extra effort; though some people claim it does. The most well-known sign, temperature, is easy. Keep a thermometer under your pillow and take your temperature when you wake up in the morning, before you get out of bed. It may take some time to get into this habit.
Cervical fluid is easy as well. When you go to the bathroom, before you do your business, touch yourself. Make note of the fluid on your fingers. Rub it between your fingers to determine the quality. Does your finger stick as you move it across your vaginal opening or does it glide? Are your fingers dry or slightly damp? Or is the fluid sticky, crumbly, or even resemble dried rubber cement? Is it creamy, lotiony, or even milky? Or does it resemble raw egg whites and is clear, slippery, and stretchy? The key to recognizing fertile cervical fluid is noting its lubricant quality. Another part of noting cervical fluid is noticing the vaginal sensation. Walking around doing your normal everyday things, do you feel wet? If so, then you're considered highly fertile.
Cervical position is a little more difficult and completely optional. It's recommended that you squat to bring your cervix to its lowest position, but that doesn't work for me. I do it when I'm in the bathroom and I've finished my business and cleaned up. Some people like to stand or sit with one leg propped up. Always use the same position to check your cervix once you find one that works for you. Insert a clean finger into your vagina. When you find your cervix, note if it's sitting low, medium, or high. Note if it's firm, medium, or soft. And note if the opening is closed, partly open, or open.
There are other tools you can use such as ovulation prediction kits and ovulation microscopes to observe your signs. Also, if you pay attention to what is going on throughout your cycle, you may notice certain things that happen around the time you ovulate. You may regularly experience an increased sex drive, cramping, spotting or any number of things. Since these things don't happen in all women, they are considered secondary fertility signs.
The last thing you need to do is record it. You can print out copies of a chart and do everything by hand or you can use a charting program such as TCOYF or Fertility Friend.