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Today's Info: Natural Fertility Signs

Posted by on Oct. 8, 2015 at 11:22 AM
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Natural Fertility Signs

by Dawn Allcot | BabiesOnline

One way to increase your odds of conceiving quickly is to make sure you are having sex during the most fertile part of your cycle, that is, in the days just before, during and after ovulation. You increase the odds of having sperm and egg meet by having sex just prior to ovulation.

How do you know when you are ovulating?

If your periods are regular and consistently from 21 to 35 days apart, you can use an ovulation calculator to predict when you are fertile, but you'll get more exact results by tracking physical signs of fertility, charting your Basal Body Temperature (BBT), Cervical Fluid, and Cervical Position.

Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is the temperature of your body before any activity, and it rises slightly on the day of ovulation and remains elevated until just before your next period starts. You can track this by taking your temperature orally with a BBT thermometer before you get out of bed every morning and charting the results.

Cervical Fluid (CF) or Cervical Mucus (CM) is produced by the lining of a woman’s cervical canal and varies in consistency, color, and amount based on where you are in your monthly cycle. Close to ovulation, your cervical mucus changes in order to better permit the transfer of sperm into your cervix. You can get a good sample of your cervical mucus at any time by placing your clean fingers inside your vagina and checking the consistency and color of the fluid on your fingers when you remove them.Immediately after menstruation,  there is very little fluid at all for several days, and what you have may be white or opaque and thick and sticky. Mid-cycle, you'll be more moist and the fluid will be thin, possibly cloudy, and slightly stretchy. Just before ovulation, your most fertile period, you'll have a lot of cervical fluid and it will thin and transparen, very stretchy, and almost the consistency of egg whites.

Cervical Position changes through your cycle to facilitate the transportation of the sperm and fertilization of the egg during your fertile time. Monitoring the position of your cervix is another way to track ovulation times. Begin by checking your cervical position daily at the end of your period, at the same time each day, and in the same position each time, until you reach your time of ovulation. You can check while sitting or by standing with one leg up on the toilet, chair, or high stool. Move your middle finger all the way up into your vagina until you hit your cervix, which will feel like a rounded cylinder. At the beginning of your cycle, your cervix will be low and easier to reach, but during ovulation, it will rise to a higher position, and may even be difficult to reach with your middle finger, and it will drop back down to a place where it is easier to touch after you ovulate.

Were you aware of and do you track these natural signs of fertility as you TTC?

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