3 Best Ways to Detect Ovulation
If you are trying to conceive and have regular periods, there are a few steps that you can take to get pregnant faster. The most important thing that you can do is make sure that you are timing intercourse properly. If sperm isn’t meeting an egg at the right time during the woman’s cycle, pregnancy cannot occur.
There are many strategies that you can use at home. If you are having difficulty detecting ovulation on your own, ask your doctor to help you monitor ovulation by using blood testing and ultrasonography to determine when ovulation is about to occur. You can also try the following.
Basal Body Temperature to Detect Ovulation
Take your temperature first thing every morning, before you even get out of bed. After several months of charting, you may notice subtle changes in your body temperature over the course of your cycle that may be helpful in predicting ovulation.
Ovulation Predictor Kit to Detect Ovulation
Use an ovulation predictor kit. Urinate on a test stick each morning, starting a few days before you think ovulation is going to happen. When you get a positive result (check the package insert of your test for specific instructions), that indicates that ovulation is imminent.
These kits may not work well for all women with PCOS because they detect a hormonal surge that is normally found right before ovulation. Some women with PCOS have persistently high levels of this hormone, causing their tests to always show a positive result.
Cervical Mucus Changes
Monitor your cervical mucus. Subtle changes in your cervical mucus or where the cervix is positioned in your vagina can signal impending ovulation. These clues can be less accurate and depend on your comfort level by observing your mucus or checking your cervix.