You have a choice whether to choose online ovulation calendars or do it manually. For women with irregular menstrual cycle, ovulation cycle can be predicted through keeping a record of your cycle for at least 7-8 months. Subtract 18 from your shortest cycle and 11 from your longest cycle. The values acquired through this process of subtraction are the possible dates when ovulation may ensue.
For example, after listing down your cycle for 7 months, you found out that 26 is your shortest cycle and 31 is your longest cycle. Subtract 18 and 11, respectively and you will get 8 and 20. It means that in the next month, ovulation may occur between the 8th and 20th day of your cycle. Do you get the picture? Just remember to start counting your cycle from the first day of your period.
Accuracy of Ovulation Calendar
Ovulation calendars are not fool-proof. It does not offer 100% accuracy. In fact, when used alone, it does not guarantee that you will get or not get pregnant. It is fairly accurate for women with regular cycles or women whose cycles only have 2-3 days variation.
The sad part is, not all women have menstrual cycles. The truth is, our cycle constantly changes. And most women are not aware of the length and when their luteal phase occurs.
The ovulation calendar method shouldn’t be used alone, rather in conjunction with other methods. You have an option to use an ovulation test or utilize an ovulation predictor kit. Your ovulation cycle is evidenced by other signs that you should familiarize yourself upon. These signs and methods are as follows:
- Basal body temperature
- Cervical mucus changes
- Breast pain and tenderness
- Cervical changes
- Increase in appetite
- Bloating feeling
- Increase s*x drive
- Mood swings
By using ovulation calendars you can start observing your body’s changes and if you faithfully chart your ovulation signs you can start to see a pattern in your ovulation cycle which will help you predict your dates of ovulation.
When do you ovulate ?
When are you ovulating? That is the question that is a particular concern for women and couples who are trying their best to conceive a baby of their own. Assuming that both you and your partner are both healthy and have all reproductive systems in check then knowing when you ovulate will help you know when the best time to conceive. Being able to time sexual intercourse during your fertile period will help with getting pregnant.
First, we need to define what ovulation is. When it comes to your reproductive health, this is the stage when you would most likely get pregnant. Your body releases an egg cell (also called ovum) into one of your fallopian tubes, while your womb’s lining doubles its volume in preparation for the arrival of a fertilized egg cell. If fertilization does not happen, then both the egg cell and the lining will be expelled from your body in the form of your menstrual flow.
If a woman who has a regular menstrual cycle were to be asked, “When are you ovulating?” a very likely answer to this would be 4 to 18 days after her last menstrual flow. The dates are actually dependent on the length of a woman’s menstrual cycle (the average time between menstrual flows,) which can last from 21 to 35 days. The fertility period though only lasts for at least 3 days or a maximum of one week. This would be the perfect time to do the baby dance with your partner and hope that conception happens.
On the other hand, if women with irregular or infrequent menstruation cycles, particularly those that have very long gaps between menstrual flow were asked that same question, then the answer might be not that easy to give. One of the biggest issues is that specific dates cannot be relied on since there is a very good possibility that the length of the woman’s menstrual cycle is also irregular. There are those who can go up to 5 months without menstruation without really suffering from any ill-effects. However, the female body does give indications that she is fertile or at least sexually receptive for the purpose of getting pregnant.
If you are one who has irregular menstrual cycles you may still know when your ovulation days may be taking place when: your last menstrual flow has happened recently, you experience sudden changes in internal temperature (which may include incidences of hot flashes) and having an inescapable (and sometimes urgent) increase in your sex drive. Using your body’s changes as well as other tools such as tracking your BBT, and using ovulation kits will help you know when you are ovulating.