Using a fertility calendar

November 12, 2012

Using a fertility calendar

A fertility calendar can be used to create a calendar representing a woman’s menstrual cycle and can therefore be used to aid birth control or to indicate periods of fertility.

How a fertility calendar works

A fertility calendar is a simple device that requires the user to enter some basic information based on their menstrual cycle. Once the necessary information has been entered, a calendar will be created providing a visual representation of the woman’s menstrual cycle. By identifying when a woman will be ovulating, allows the calendar to be used as either a birth control method or fertility method. It is specific to each individual and recognizes the fact that every cycle is different. Whilst the average cycle is 28 days, the calendar takes into account that in some women it can be 10 days long and in others it can be 60 days long. Additionally some women do not have a regular cycle so it varies in length from month to month.

Why use a fertility calendar

A fertility calendar can be used to measure the length of a menstrual cycle and can then be used to indentify when a woman is ovulating. This can be very helpful for women who are trying to conceive as knowing when they are most fertile dramatically increases that chances of conceiving. Additionally the information provided by a fertility calendar can be useful for women who do not wish to conceive, as they can be aware of the time of the month in which they need to be most careful. By tracking and recording information related to your menstrual cycle such as the day it starts, patterns should start to be revealed after a couple of months. Once some information has been found, the calendar can be used through entering the first day of your last period and the length of your cycle to say when you are going to be the most fertile. Some of the fertility calendar devices that can be found online will even predict when is the best time to attempt to conceive a boy or a girl. This can be done, as the Y sperm, which are male, are faster than the female X sperm but the X sperm is known to live longer. Therefore in order to conceive a boy the best time to have intercourse is the day before or the day of ovulation as it is likely that the Y sperm will be the first to reach the egg. If you are trying to conceive a girl, the best time to have intercourse is a few days before ovulation as in this case by the time the egg is released most of the Y sperm will have died off, leaving the egg free for the X sperm. Additionally those who do now want to conceive should abstain from sexual intercourse altogether during this period of fertility.

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