How to Generate an Ovulation Calendar

November 12, 2012

How to Generate an Ovulation Calendar

Trying to get pregnant? Try learning how to make an ovulation calendar.

If you’re having trouble getting pregnant or want to hurry the process along, you need to understand about ovulation. In order to get pregnant, you need to be ovulating or releasing an egg to the fallopian tube so that it can be fertilized by sperm. Collecting information about your menstrual cycle and generating an ovulation calendar will help you in your endeavors.

Menstrual Cycle

Once you have sloughed the endometrial lining, your period ends and your new cycle begins. Initially, the uterine wall (endometrial lining) rebuilds itself getting ready for another egg to be released for fertilization. Midway through the cycle, an egg is released (ovulation). Meanwhile the egg is going through secondary development in what is called a follicle in the ovary. When the egg becomes mature it breaks out of the follicle and passes into the fallopian tube. If fertilized it will pass down to the uterus and begin to implant itself into the uterine wall and develop into a fetus and carried for nine months. If the egg is not fertilized, the uterine wall is sloughed again along with the egg thus beginning a new cycle again. To figure out when you ovulate, which is the time you can get pregnant, you need to understand the particulars of your cycle. Making an ovulation calendar will help you known when you are ovulating so you can get pregnant.

Irregular Cycles

Not everyone has the same cycle nor are the cycles the same length. You could be someone who ovulates early or perhaps late. Maybe your cycle runs 28 days but maybe it runs 35 days. Perhaps you are even skipping months in between. The only way to keep track of this is by collecting information during several cycles and writing that information down and studying it. The menstrual cycle is complicated and controlled by hormones released by the hypothalamus and pituitary as well as local secretions by the ovaries themselves. Keeping track of these events in an ovulation calendar will let you know when the best time to try to get pregnant.

Collecting Basal Body Temperature

One way to determine when your ovulating is to collect your basal body temperature every morning at the same time. You need a good thermometer for this. Don’t buy a cheap one. Record your temperature in an ovulation calendar, notebook, or graph paper. Generally, your body temperature will rise slightly after ovulation occurs each month and does not come back to normal until your period begins. It is suggested that this is the best time to get pregnant. Collecting information for several months in your ovulation calendar should generate a pattern that tells you when the best time to get pregnant is. Interestingly, some females experience cramping when they are ovulating, if you experience this, you have an added piece of information that can add to your ovulation calendar.

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