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How to Track Ovulation

Ovulation is the key moment of the menstrual cycle: it’s what your body prepares for as soon as your period is complete, and afterwards your body is devoted to ensuring that the resulting egg can be successfully nurtured into a foetus and then a baby. If that egg doesn’t get fertilised, you experience the dramatic results of those preparations being cleared away as your period.

If you’re trying to get pregnant, ovulation is even more important: you can only conceive when sperm encounter a fertile egg, and your body only produces a fertile egg at the point of ovulation, once a cycle, so identifying this is vital to your pregnancy plans. Knowing when you ovulate allows you to identify your ‘fertile window’ – those few days in each cycle when intercourse can result in a pregnancy. Trying to conceive outside this window won’t help you get pregnant, and it might leave feeling confused and frustrated when you don’t conceive.

There are several ways of identifying when ovulation starts, and OvuSense is here to guide you through them.

Counting Your Cycle

If you have a very regular cycle, you might find the easiest way to spot the start of your ovulation is to simply count the days in your cycle. Everyone’s body is different, but for some women whose menstrual cycles run like clockwork, simply counting from when your period begins can help to identify each phase of your cycle, and you’ll know when you’re ovulating simply from the date!

You start counting from the first day of your period, as that’s the clearest, easily identifiable event, and medically speaking it is the start of your menstrual cycle. If a doctor asks you for the date your last cycle started, it’s the date you began your period.

Noting every day until you start your period again gives you your cycle length, and over months tells you how regular your cycle is. If you do have a regular cycle (be it 21 days or 35), identifying when you ovulate once tells you when to expect it on every other occasion.

Measuring Basal Body Temperature

If you’re trying for that first identification of menstruation, or you have an irregular cycle and need to pin it down every month while you try to conceive, then one of your best options is to track your basal body temperature, or BBT. This is the minimum temperature your body drops to while it sleeps, and small variations in this minimum tell you about the subtle changes that bring on ovulation.

Using a system like OvuSense gives you the benefit of a specialised sensor to get readings across a whole night for an accurate measure, and a computer backed algorithm to turn that data into a notification when you ovulate and a prediction of when you’re due to in your next cycle.

It’s more accurate than hormone-based predictor kits, especially if you have a condition that affects hormones like PCOS, and it could be just the advantage you need to track your ovulation accurately and get pregnant when you want.

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