I'M TRYING TO GET PREGNANT

Instructions

Your ovulation cycle calendar lets you record information from your own menstrual cycle to work out when you are most fertile - and can increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

Step 1: Enter details of your last menstrual cycle

To begin your personal record, enter details of your menstrual cycle in the spaces provided.

Note that your last menstrual cycle began on the first day of your most recent period.

For those with menstrual cycles of varying durations, calculate an average of the last 3 cycles.

Cycle length
Work out the average length of your menstrual cycle by counting the number of days from the first day of your period to the day before your next one. Do this for a few months and mark your average cycle length in the Ovulation & Fertility section.

Step 2: View your calendar and start recording your daily details

Recording this information on your Ovulation Cycle Calendar can help you gain a good understanding of your own menstrual cycle, and understanding the factors controlling your fertility can give you the best chance of becoming pregnant.

Enter your Body Basal Temperature
Your body basal temperature is your resting body temperature. Recording this temperature helps you know if ovulation has occurred.

Record your temperature every morning, at the same time, before rising and becoming active, preferably with a fertility thermometer or digital thermometer.

Usually, ovulation happens at the beginning of a temperature rise, and this rise is sustained for at least three days, as a variety of factors can affect your temperature (such as heating, travel, time of day, diet, work hours, hours of sleep).

Record Your State of Mucus (cervical fluid (mucus) and vaginal sensation)
The cervix is the lower, narrow part of your uterus, which opens into the vagina. Mucus produced by the cervix changes during your menstrual cycle due to hormonal fluctuations, and can help predict your fertility.

Use the following selections for State of Mucus:

  • Eggwhite
  • Creamy
  • Sticky

A guide to your mucus

Before ovulation, just after your period - no chance of getting pregnant:
There is little, if any, mucus and it is thick, sticky and white or opaque in colour. Vagina feels dry.

Approaching ovulation - slight chance of getting pregnant:
Mucus is moist or creamy and white or cream in colour. Vagina feels moist.

Around ovulation - high chance of getting pregnant:
Mucus is like eggwhite - thin and clear and very stretchy. Vagina feels wet.

After ovulation - low chance of getting pregnant:
Mucus is again thick and sticky. Vagina feels dry.

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