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well 4 to 1 is pretty good. just because you didnt rise in body temp does not mean that you did not ovulate. now is the best time!! good luck!

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How do you know when you have ovulated?

Unless you use fertility awareness method or ovulation testing kits then you can't tell when you have ovulated or not. You will be able to detect fertility signs such as changes to your cervix during ovulation, fertile cervical mucus, and secondary fertility signs such as breast tenderness or ovulation bleeding - but these do not tell you exactly when or if you ovulated.

How could a woman know her fertility period?

Basal body temperature tracking. Low temps means follicular phase high temps luteal phase (follicular=before ovulation luteal=after ovulation) tracking cervical mucus eggwhite cm =fertile creamy=luteal phase

How do you know if you are ovulating if you have irregular periods?

Ovulation Cycle There are a number of different natural methods for monitoring your fertility and predicting when you will ovulate - the time of month when you are most likely to become pregnant. These methods include recording your basal body temperature, monitoring changes in cervical mucus (CM), locating the position of the cervix (cervical position), and monitoring physical symptoms of ovulation (ovulation pains or mittelschmerz). To help organize this information, women use a graphed fertility chart to record and track daily fertility signs and basal temperature data. Rigorously charting natural fertility indicators and ovulation signs is a proven, Ob/Gyn-recommended strategy designed to boost your odds of conceiving. On your fertility chart, common fields for natural fertility signs include basal temperature, cervical mucus quality, cervical position, mittelschmerz (ovulation pains), ovulation test results, days you had intercourse, and pregnancy test results. In addition, you may wish to note mood, illness, stress, travel, sleeping problems, or general feelings about the ups and downs of trying to conceive. Basal Body Temperature and BBT Charting The BBT charting method is based on the principle that your body increases in temperature, due to hormonal changes, directly after ovulation takes place. During the first part of your cycle, estrogen is the dominant hormone in your body. Estrogen, during the pre-ovulatory or follicular phase of your cycle, helps facilitate the production of an egg in your ovaries. Right after ovulation - the release of the egg and the short window of peak fertility - there is a dramatic increase of the hormone progesterone. From ovulation to the end of your cycle, progesterone warms the body. Progesterone warms you up, and this is the cause of the temperature increase you await when bbt charting. A progesterone-driven temperature increase indicates that ovulation has taken place. Your basal body temperature (or bbt) is the temperature of your body before any activity and after at least 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Your basal temperature should be taken in the morning before any activity or movement, even before leaving bed. This is your body's baseline - or basal - temperature. It is critical to take your temperature immediately upon waking. Remember to log the time your btt temperature was taken and note sleep problems, illness (fever), jet lag, or any other variables that might influence your basal temperature reading. Ideally, begin charting on cycle day one with our fertility chart (spreadsheet or graph). CD1 is the first day that you see red menstrual blood. Upon waking, immediately take your temperature and record it on your fertility chart. Typically, temperatures range from around 97.0 to 97.6 before ovulation. Once ovulation takes place, you should suddenly see a "spike" in temperature readings. A minimum temperature rise of 0.4 to 0.6 degrees F can be measured - and this change will last through the duration of the menstrual cycle. By monitoring when this temperature change takes place, you know when you ovulated. As a rule, basal temperatures range from 97.7 or higher following ovulation (the luteal phase of your cycle). If a pregnancy occurs, your basal temperatures may remain high - even past your expected period date. Typically, if pregnancy does not occur, temperatures will decrease over time and return to pre-ovulatory levels by cycle day 1 of your next cycle. By charting your basal temperature, you can predict ovulation over time based on past cycles. Do note, however, that the temperature increase signaling ovulation will typically take place the day after you ovulate. To predict ovulation and anticipate fertility, you can augment fertility charting with ovulation testing (using urine lh tests, an ovulation microscope, or a fertility monitor). Cervical Mucus and Fertility Cervical mucus (CM) is produced by the lining of a woman's cervix and cervical canal (the passage between the vagina and the uterus). From cycle day 1 (CD1) through the early part of your pre-ovulatory phase, most women typically experience a time of dryness or limited CM. As the cycle continues, the cervical mucus may increase and is typically cloudy and sticky. Just before and during ovulation, cervical mucus is abundant and becomes clear and slippery and will stretch like "egg white" between the fingers. This is "fertile" cervical mucus - the perfect transport medium to help sperm both move through the cervix and sustain sperm vitality and sperm longevity on the way to the egg. When fertility charting, you can check your CM in a number of ways: wipe the vaginal opening with toilet paper or extract CM directly from the vagina using clean, dry fingers. When examining cervical mucus, note the color (white, creamy, opaque, or clear) and the texture (dry, tacky, or slippery and stretchable). Note your observations on your daily fertility chart to see if you are fertile. Non-Fertile CM: Following the menstrual period, there is a feeling of dryness. There will be no visible mucus. Gradually, more mucus will accumulate - yellow, cloudy, or white in color and sticky to the touch. Pre-Ovulation: As you approach ovulation, your cervical mucus will increase. First, there will be a moistness or stickiness to the mucus, as well as a white or cream-colored appearance. Ovulation: When you ovulate, the quantity of mucus will increase and CM will resemble "egg white". Sometimes clear or semitransparent, the texture will become slippery or "stretchable"'. When CM stretches like egg white, then you know you are most fertile. Post-Ovulation: Following ovulation, the fertile quality of the cervical mucus will decrease and the CM will become sticky and cloudier. More dryness will follow and the CM will one again appear cloudy or sticky. What is Hostile Cervical Mucus? Hostile cervical mucus is CM that has infertile properties and is typically resistant to providing a fertile media for sperm; it obstructs (rather than facilitates) the passage of sperm through the cervix and into the uterus. There are several possible causes of hostility in CM, including hormonal issues. In hostile cervical mucus, the CM may be sticky and thick and may not become slippery (like egg white) even during a woman's most fertile time of the month. Natural products like FertileCM and Evening Primrose Oil are used to help thin CM or help women produce abundant, fertile-quality cervical mucus during ovulation. A product like Pre-Seed is designed to mitigate the problem of dryness with a lubrication that emulates natural bodily fluids. Cervical Position During your cycle, your cervix changes position. Monitoring cervical position can help you predict ovulation. Observe your cervical position as a daily part of fertility charting - and you can do this in conjunction with monitoring cervical mucus. Try to examine yourself at the same time every day. When conducting any self-exam, make sure that your hands are clean. Gently insert one or two fingers into your vagina - and by reaching back you should be able to feel your cervix. During the exam, ask yourself the following questions. Is the position of the cervix relatively low (easy to reach) or high (less easy to reach)? Does the cervix feel relatively soft or firm? Does the opening of the cervix feel open or closed? Is the cervix dry to the touch - or relatively moist - or very moist? Note that the answers to these questions are relative, so over time you will be able to draw better conclusions about cervical position. Prior to ovulation, during the first half of your cycle, the cervix will feel relatively firm (like touching your nose) and dry to the touch - and the position of the cervix will be low in your vagina (easy to reach). The entrance of the cervix will feel closed. However, as you approach ovulation, the cervix will become increasingly soft and will increasingly moisten in order to create a more fertile environment for the sperm. The entrance of the cervix will feel open and begin to lift. At the highest point, the cervix may be a bit difficult to reach and the entrance of the cervix will increase in size. The feel of your cervix will be softer - like touching your lip. At this point, you are at your most fertile time. Following ovulation, the cervix begins to return to a firmer state and the entrance will begin to close. Also, the position of the cervix will again drop and become easy to reach. Mittelschmerz and Ovulation Pains Mittelschmerz is a lower-abdominal pain that typically takes place around the time a woman ovulates. Not every woman will experience mittelschmerz, but it is a natural fertility sign and if you experience mittelschmerz, note it on your fertility chart. Only 20% - 30% of of women will have mittelschmerz or ovulation pains - and mittelschmerz may occur before, during, or even after ovulation.

How do you monitor your menstrual cycle?

You keep track of your menstruation, also fertility signs.You can use Fertility Awareness Method to keep track of your menstrual cycle daily by monitoring you primary fertility signs: basal body temperature, cervical position, and cervical mucus. You can also monitor secondary fertility signs unique to you.

How does the oral contraceptive decrease fertility?

The Pill or birth control pills decrease fertility by suppressing (stopping) ovulation, thickening cervical mucus to prevent the sperm from moving through the fallopian tubes and by changing the lining of the uterus.

Does cervical mucus come before or after ovulation?

it comes during ovulation

Is there vaginal discharge during ovulation?

Yes.Below you will find an overview of the changes that will take place in your cervical fluid throughout your cycle. Pre-Ovulation Following the menstrual period, there is a feeling of dryness. There will be no visible mucus. Gradually, more mucus will accumulate - yellow, cloudy, or white in color and sticky to the touch. Approaching Ovulation As you approach ovulation, your cervical mucus will increase. First, there will be a moistness or stickiness to the mucus, as well as a white or cream-colored appearance. During Ovulation At ovulation, the quantity of mucus will increase greatly and the appearance will resemble "egg whites", often semitransparent. The texture will become increasingly slippery and 'stretchable'. This is your most fertile time. Following Ovulation Following ovulation, the slippery quality of the cervical mucus will decrease and the mucus will become sticky and cloudier. Post-ovulatory dryness will also ensue.

If your cervical mucus starts breaking down after ovulation is that a good sign you are not pregnant?

Cervical mucus is clear and runny just before ovulation and becomes thick and white after ovulation.

Do you have cervical mucus after ovulation?

After ovulation your cervical mucus will be light and sticky. If you are ovulating, it will look clear, slippery and has a consistency similar that of a raw egg white.

When does ovulation takes place in case of irregular periods?

It is difficult for females having irregular menstruation to determine the exact dates of ovulation, if they are going to calculate ovulation manually. However, there are many other means to calculate ovulation. One can record her basal body temperature, or observe the appearance of the cervical mucus. An increase in basal body temperature by 1 degree means one is ovulating. Cervical mucus that appears clear, slippery and has a consistency similar of raw egg white is a clear sign of ovulation. Using an ovulation kit is another way to determine if one is ovulating or not.

How do you know you have ovulated?

There will be a raise in your body temperature or your cervical mucus might look like a egg white or you can buy the at home ovulation test.

Why did you have pinkish jelly discharge 6 days past ovulation 12 days before my period?

Pinkish jelly discharge suggests ovulation - fertile cervical mucus with blood from ovulation bleeding - unless you use fertility awareness method you can't know for sure when you ovulated or when you were fertile so your days may be off. You could have spotting after ovulation if you had a ruptured ovarian cyst.

Are you pregnant when cervical mucus stops a day after ovulation?

No, you often get excess cervical mucus when you are pregnant anyway

What are the chances of getting pregnant if you make love 8 days to ovulation?

Your question is not clear, but I'll answer it the best I can: If 8 days prior to the true day of Ovulation -- Low but it is possible. Depends on the presence of cervical fluid, the longevity of sperm life (can vary), and how accurately you determined the time of ovulation. If you determined ovulation by basal body temperature then the ovulation event could have preceded this temperature shift by a day or two. (Progesterone causes temp rise and is only secreted by the corpus luteum after ovulation has taken place.) Sperm in good cervical fluid can typically live up to 3-5days. 8 would be a stretch. If 8 days after the true day of Ovulation -- None.

Change in cervical mucus a sign of pregnancy?

Yes, or ovulation

How do you tell if you're ovulating?

Ovulation occurs two weeks before menstruation - so ovulation doesn't always happen on day 14 of a womans menstrual cycle, but it does always occur 14 days before menstruation. To determine when she ovulates women can use ovulation testing kits, electronic devices such as Persona or Ladycomp, cycle beads, or the most effective method is to use Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) - a woman notes her primary fertility signs daily to determine when she is fertile or not.Primary fertility signs;Change in temperature - increases at least one-tenth of a degree at ovulation.Cervical position - softens, rises and opens around ovulation.Cervical mucus - egg-white type mucus leading up to ovulation.Basically hormonal changes effect the whole body but in areas in particular the cervix will soften and open, mucus that normally plugs-up the cervical o will soften and turn into this gooey egg-white mucus that has a different pH to the vagina to help sperm survive and have a ferning to help sperm climb up through the cervical opening. This mucus is fairly easy to detect as it makes women feel wetter, toilet paper glides over genitals more easily, and if you get it between your thumb and forefinger it stretches.Secondary fertility signs;Ovulation pains - slight stabbing in the area of the ovary.Ovulation bleeding - spotting due to hormonal changes.Groin lymph node - swells on whatever side a woman ovulates.Women may be able to spot both primary and secondary fertility signs which are a good indication she is close to ovulation, different women also get different secondary signs...some may feel more aroused during ovulation, some may experience breast tenderness around ovulation, moods or mental states may change closer to ovulation, etc. so different women may know based on different changes to their bodies. Without something like FAM they can't know for absolutely sure when exactly they are ovulating, but women can make an educated guess by listening to their bodies.

Is it normal for your cervical mucus to dry up after ovulation?

Yes, cervical mucus is greatest during ovulation in order to aid sperm in entering the cervix to fertilize an egg. After ovulation the egg survives for a day or two then the body no longer has purpose for the mucus. Your hormones shift, your basal temperature rises and the mucus dries up. This is called "luteal phase" and it lasts until the start of your next period.

Are you ovulating when your vagina feels very wet?

No...your discharging.. It just means you're in a high state of arousal. The vagina gets naturally "lubed up" in order to prepare for sex. YES! When you ovulate you will have abundant, watery, very spipperyx, CLEAR cervical MUCUS that will make feel "WET". So the answer is a definite YES. Your cervical MUCUS: Pre-Ovulation Following the menstrual period, there is a feeling of dryness. There will be no visible mucus. Gradually, more mucus will accumulate - yellow, cloudy, or white in color and sticky to the touch. Approaching Ovulation As you approach ovulation, your cervical mucus will increase. First, there will be a moistness or stickiness to the mucus, as well as a white or cream-colored appearance. During Ovulation At ovulation, the quantity of mucus will increase greatly and the appearance will resemble "egg whites", often semitransparent. The texture will become increasingly slippery and 'stretchable'. This is your most fertile time. Following Ovulation Following ovulation, the slippery quality of the cervical mucus will decrease and the mucus will become sticky and cloudier. Post-ovulatory dryness will also ensue.

What is the name of the release of eggs from the ovary?

The release of eggs from the ovary is known as ovulation.Ovulation will typically occur around two weeks into the menstrual cycle, although everyone is different and unless using fertility awareness method or ovulation testing kits you may not know when ovulation occurs. Around the week prior to ovulation there is fertile cervical mucus, a clear stretchy fluid that helps keep sperm alive in the vagina so it can reach the egg, which is an indication of upcoming ovulation.

How can one determine their own ovulation period?

To work out your ovulation period you would need to study your body cycle among other things. Studying cervical fluid, your body temperature and the time of your periods will allow you to work out when you ovulate.

Is spotting on the 12th and 13th day of your cycle mean you a pregnant?

Ovulation Spotting is defined as a very light bleeding that may accompany ovulation - though it is rather uncommon fertility indicator and can be easily missed (even if it occurs). Unless you are fertility charting and observing daily changes in cervical mucus, you may not even be aware of this secondary fertility sign. The source of "ovulation spotting" is traced to the rupture of the ovarian follicle when the egg is released. When you ovulate, luteinizing hormone causes the surface of the ovarian follicle to weaken and disintegrate. This leads to the formation of a hole, or stigma, through which the egg will ultimately "escape" into one of the fallopian tubes. At this "midcycle moment", a residual trace of blood may accompany ovulation when the stigma ruptures. The trace amount of blood that may appear due to the rupture of the follicle will not be red (like menstrual blood), but will rather exhibit a brownish or pinkish color. For example, you may see just a faint streak of pinkish blood intermingled with cervical fluids during your daily CM check. During this "fertile phase" of your cycle, cervical mucus will likely be transparent and stretchy, like egg white. If you do happen to discover a small amount of blood at this time, note this light bleeding on your fertility chart as a possible indicator of ovulation. If this is indeed O-spotting, you should see your bbt temperature rising shortly thereafter. This bleeding should not last long, and if it persists for more than a few days, contact your doctor. Ovulation spotting should not be confused with implantation bleeding (which will typically take place about a week after you ovulate). Implantation bleeding (also typically characterized by a light brown or pink spotting) is caused by the fertilized egg burrowing into the endometrium. While ovulation spotting may be viewed as a natural fertility indicator, implantation bleeding is considered an early pregnancy sign. It should be emphasized that ovulation spotting is not one of the more common or reliable indicators of fertility. Like mittelschmerz (or midcycle pains), you should be aware of the possibility that these fertility signs may appear, even though many women will never experience these physiological symptoms. To pursue a visual metaphor, there are a number of other ways to "spot ovulation" - or at least predict when ovulation will take place. Along with using a basal thermometer, you can observe daily changes in the texture and color of cervical mucus, as well as follow the rise and fall of the position of the cervix iteself. Into your daily fertility charting rituals, you can also selectively integrate effective testing methods like an ovulation microscope, urine ovulation tests, or a digital fertility monitor to anticipate when you will be at peak fertility.

What are signs that you are ovulating?

There are several signs that you are ovulating.Primary signs of ovulation:Spike in basal body temperature.Presence of fertile quality cervical mucus.Cervix becomes high, soft, and open.Secondary signs of ovulation:Mittelschmerz aka ovulation pains.Spotting: pink or brown discharge.Lymph node in groin swelling on side of ovulation.Tender breasts, also fuller breasts.Each individual female can have additional signs unique to them. But note that unless using fertility awareness methods you can't know for certain when you are ovulating and fertile.

How do you know your fertility date?

Tracking your cervical fluid (which is excreted through the vagina) and basal body temperatures. It is different for every woman, but the day when you get cervical fluid the consistency of egg white, followed by an increase in basal temperature, that is the day of ovulation. If you get a sharp pain on your right or left side 14 days before your period that is also a very good clue that you are ovulating. You should consider yourself fertile for every day that you have cervical fluid that is creamy or like egg white.

What day is it better to get pregnant?

Ovulation is typically regarded as the best day to get pregnant but any intercourse five days prior to or up to 16 hours after ovulation can result in pregnancy. 28 days is considered to be the typical menstrual cycle with the 14th day as your most fertile. However, keep in mind that some women do not have the typical 28 day cycle. Basal Body Temperature charting, ovulation test strips, cervical mucous changes, and cervical position can help determine ovulation.

How accurate are conception calculators?

They are fairly accurate but because each woman's cycle is unique they should be used with normal monthly changes for a better understanding of your fertility cycle. Cervical mucus (changes from thick white to almost clear, stretchy) and BBT or basal body temperature (a temperature shift of at least .4 degrees over a 48-hour period to indicate ovulation). More at link.