5 tips on predicting ovulation:
Although there are several days of the month in which a woman is fertile, you are most fertile during the days around ovulation.
1. One method is simply counting the days of your menstrual cycle, although this method is often not very reliable. Ovulation generally occurs on day 14 if your cycle is 28 days long.
2. Another method involves using physical signs such as basal body temperature, cervical position and cervical mucus changes. The body temperature chart is a daily recording of body temperature, which is an indicator of ovulation (body temperature will rise after ovulation) but you will need to purchase a high accuracy thermometer.
3. After menstruation, the cervix undergoes a series of changes in position and texture. During most of the menstrual cycle, the cervix remains firm, like the tip of the nose, and is positioned low and closed. However, as a woman approaches ovulation, the cervix becomes softer, and rises and opens in response to the high levels of estrogen present at ovulation. These changes, with the production of fertile types of cervical mucus, support the survival and movement of sperm. You can examine your cervix by inserting a clean finger into your vagina.
4. Cervical mucus monitoring involves examining the mucus that is secreted from the cervix, which enables a woman to tell where she is in her cycle and thereby predict the time of ovulation - see below pages for more detailed information.
5. Using an ovulation test to predict when you are about to ovulate is also another method. When ovulation is about to occur a hormone is released which is called the Luteinizing hormone (LH) surge and can be detected using an ovulation test. When the test is positive, ovulation will occur over the next 24 to 36 hours.
Stages of Cervical Fluid: Post Menses (after period)
Stage 1: Lasting 2 - 3 days CM (cervical mucus) is sticky
Stage 2: Lasting 2 - 4 days: CM is creamy or milky
Stage 3: Lasting 1 - 5 days: Egg white Cervical Fluid - very fertile!
Stage 4: Dry, moist or sticky (Infertile)
Peak fertile cervical mucus is thin and stretchy. After ovulation, progesterone abruptly suppresses the peak mucus and the mucus pattern continues with sticky mucus for a day or two, and then returns to dryness.
Typically women in their mid twenties have egg white cervical mucus for approximately 5 days, by mid-thirties, only 1-2 days, but this is not the rule. Many women have several days of EWCM late into their thirties.
The Cervical Mucus will look and have the consistency of egg whites. It is slippery to the touch and if pulled between the fingertips will stretch 1 - 10 inches.
The color can be clear or iridescent and extremely wet. If your CM has an unusual odor, consult your physician; this may be a sign of infection. If your CM has the consistency of cottage cheese, this may be a sign of a yeast infection, also consult your physician.
Increasing Cervical Mucus
- Cut back on caffeine and don't smoke!
- Drinking at least ten 6oz glasses of water a day
- Evening Primrose Oil: 1,000 IU per day should be taken from Cycle Day 1 to Ovulation
- Flax Seed Oil: 2,000 mg per day from Ovulation to fertilization
- Red Raspberry: 1,000 mg daily: Start anytime in cycle
- Grapefruit Juice
- Guaifenesin: (cough syrup) 200mg per day from day 5 to day 10 of your menstrual cycle (only use 100% guaifenesin as other ingredients could have the opposite effect)