Conception is all about timing. If you’re trying to get pregnant you need to know when you’re ovulating (when one of your ovaries releases an egg to be fertilised) so you can make sure you have sex around this time. If your cycle is regular, you can probably work this out just by keeping track of the calendar. If your cycle is longer or your periods are slightly irregular, however, you’ll need to look out for other signs.
Changes in cervical fluid
As you approach ovulation, you’ll notice you produce more discharge, which becomes clear and stretchy like egg white.
Ovulation predictor kits (OPKs)
These over-the-counter tests detect the presence of lutenising hormone (LH) – the hormone that triggers ovulation. They look very similar to pregnancy tests, except a double line indicates that ovulation is going to occur in the next 24 hours. This is the best time to have sex in order to get pregnant.
Basal body temperature (BBT) charting
If you don’t want to shell out on ovulation predictor kits, taking your temperature every morning before you get out of bed can be just as effective. That’s because your morning temperature rises by about a tenth of a degree when you’re ovulating. It’s a pretty subtle difference, but you should be able to detect it with a digital thermometer. Keep a chart throughout the month and use it to help you plan the best time to have sex.
Now tell us what worked for you…
What tricks did you use to get pregnant?