Fertility

There are ways to increase chances of getting pregnant. Therefore, it helps to understand the fertility cycle and to know and track one’s own menstrual cycle and ability to conceive.

Ovulation

Ovulation typically occurs halfway through a woman’s menstrual cycle. Knowing when it takes place is paramount when planning a pregnancy. Chances to conceive a baby are best around the time of ovulation, i.e. from a few days before (because sperm can life for several days in the female body) until a day after the release of the egg. There are physical signs of ovulation which can help identify the fertile days. Right before ovulation, cervical mucous for example becomes white in colour and slightly sticky in consistency. The basal body temperature will rise about a half-degree when ovulation has taken place. When using a temperature chart it is recommended to measure the basal temperature – using a basal thermometer – in the morning before getting out of bed. A home ovulation-predictor kit is an alternative to make out fertile phases.