when ovulation comes

Knowing when you ovulate is essential. Image courtesy: dream_design at FreeDigitalPhoto.net

How to know when you ovulate (and make the best out of it!)

As you may have noticed, on my blog I don’t go into basics of female reproductive system or bore you with too general remarks.

Hopefully you noticed I did not even once mention that you should not SMOKE while trying to get pregnant?!

I assume that if you are over 30 you simply know that.

This is why I will now further assume you know what ovulation is.

There are tons of subtle signs on which even one busy and stressed women can know when her ovulation is approaching. Slight bloating of lower abdomen, a few slightly painful sensations, an increased sex drive – signs are many and are highly individual. But even if you miss them all, there will almost surely come a moment when your vaginal mucus becomes particularly elastic and stretchy.

You have to make an effort to not miss that moment.

Look at the toilet paper after you wipe – often it looks like your nose would be running on a wrong place. I strongly recommend becoming friends with your vaginal mucus and also knowing how to find cervix opening. Once you get familiar with both, you can pin your ovulation down to several hours. The reason you want to be so accurate and effective is that in many women egg does not live longer then 6-12 hours.

Meaning if you miss your ovulation, the next chance to get pregnant will come in a month and will last equally short period of time.

 

How to catch ovulation – (I love simple LH-strips but some women prefer digital measuring)

Wondfo One Step Ovulation (LH) Test Strips, 50-Count     Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test, 20 Count

 

Why is it that ovulation in women happen so rarely and in a hidden fashion?

There are many physiological and evolutionary reasons why it is not always easy to know when you ovulate, and all are totally valid.

Still, missing an ovulation can feel like a small personal tragedy during the time when your first priority is getting pregnant. Luckily, there are ways to prevent this from happening.

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Know EXACTLY when you ovulate. Image courtesy: rakratchada torsap at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Probably the best way to find out when you ovulate is by peeing on simple LH test stripes (like these, for example).

LH-STRIPES, WHAT’S THAT?!

These are simple tests which you get in any pharmacy or order through the internet. They work in a very simple way, detecting an increase in one particular hormone in urine. It is called LH ( luteinizing hormone) and its increase occurs typically 12-24 hours before the egg is ready for a date. This means, after your LH test shows the positive result, you have that much time to make your next intercourse happen.

Simple, right?

And what I love about LH stripes is that, as you get more experienced in handling them, it takes always fewer to determine the most fertile moment of the month.

By the way, no matter what pharma company tells us – there is no reason for LH stripes to be expensive.

 

Ovulation tests (Amazon):

Wondfo One Step Ovulation (LH) Test Strips, 50-Count     Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test, 20 Count     Life Extension DHEA, 25 Mg, Capsules, 100-Count          Life Extension Super Ubiquinol CoQ10 with Enhanced Mitochondrial, 100 Mg, Softgels, 60-Count         NOW Foods Vitamin D-3, Structural Support 2000 I.U., 240 Softgels         Omega 3 Fish Oil By Naturo Sciences (120 Counts) - High Potency, Ultra Concentrated Fish Oil Supplement; Just 1 Pill Contains 1000mg of Omega 3 Fatty Acids (EPA +DHA); Burpless, Odorless Capsules with Enteric Coating Make For No Fishy Aftertaste or Reflux; Even The Top Sellers Can't Beat Our “Honest” Pricing Policy!

 

As opposed to some other tests, made to detect very low amounts of a particular protein in fluids, LH stripes detect a strong increase in one hormone, which is naturally a robust process. And for about 5-10% of women LH stripes will anyway not work because their bodies have LH which looks slightly different and is not commonly used in tests.

In a nutshell, there is no need to pay for plastic boxes, fancy containers or branding. Instead, it is better to buy many LH-test stripes and have them ready everywhere, in every bag, and test more often in the days when you suspect ovulation should occur.

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Know when you ovulate. Image courtesy: winnond at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

You may notice I didn’t mention measuring basal body temperature at all.

While this is certainly a good way to detect ovulation and get in touch with your body, I find that this method has quite significant downsides.

First, measuring temperature can feel uncomfortable – I personally don’t like the first sensation in the morning to be encounter with a thermometer.

Another reason is, if you do anything else first – get dressed, grab a coffee, have sex – readout of your basal temperature afterwards is not certain any more. To this, add days when you are just not sure whether your body temperature is oscillating due to ovulation or to you catching a cold, or having too little sleep.

I know that some women deal with this daily charting just fine, but for me measuring basal temperature was just making me number-centered, yet without providing a readout I could completely on. This is why I switched to LH-stripes, and would recommend this to anyone who does not want to waste too much time before getting pregnant.

So, wherever the method for you to became aware of your ovulation, when this precious moment of month comes, don’t waste it!

One friend of mine complained to me repeatedly, that when she knows that her ovulation is approaching, this feeling of today-we-must have sex makes her overexcited and anxious.

Don’t fall into this trap. Save arguments and mood swings for any other day in the month.

Maybe one great egg comes down your ovaries, why would you miss the chance to make it to a baby?

There will be enough time to discuss everything in details, but nobody is able to recover the magic of ovulation once it is gone.

Here is what I think that you should do once you know you are ovulating:

  • The moment you realize ovulation is about to happen, make this to absolute priority. This means, drop everything else. Let go, you will come back later to where you’ve stopped.
  • If you are at work and know that you ovulate on that day, clean up your desk and go home. Yes, just like that. Find any excuse: it does not matter what your colleagues will think, you will have enough time to make everything up. In the next two weeks your progesterone will anyway rise and you will experience most productive time of the month. Don’t let this time be spoiled by a missed ovulation and you feeling angry about it.
  • Make a great Mediterranean dinner for you and your partner and don’t forget a lot of red wine! If you have more children, organize their day so that you can bring them to bed early, or otherwise make them out of your way. You are not being selfish – on this day (and night) everything is allowed, so take advantage of it.
  • As strange as it may sound, try not obsessing about having sex, but about having funEnjoy, tomorrow your ovulation will not be there anymore! If you succeed in that, everything else will happen as a pleasant side-effect, when the time comes. And it will come.

 

Supplements which are scientifically proven to increase egg quality:

(DHEA, CoQ10, Vitamin D3, Omega-3)

Life Extension DHEA, 25 Mg, Capsules, 100-Count               Life Extension Super Ubiquinol CoQ10 with Enhanced Mitochondrial, 100 Mg, Softgels, 60-Count               NOW Foods Vitamin D-3, Structural Support 2000 I.U., 240 Softgels               Omega 3 Fish Oil By Naturo Sciences (120 Counts) - High Potency, Ultra Concentrated Fish Oil Supplement; Just 1 Pill Contains 1000mg of Omega 3 Fatty Acids (EPA +DHA); Burpless, Odorless Capsules with Enteric Coating Make For No Fishy Aftertaste or Reflux; Even The Top Sellers Can't Beat Our “Honest” Pricing Policy!