You might know all the fertility terms and jargons but knowing your body and understanding your cycle can be a little tricky. While doctors recommend having sex between day 10 and day 20 of the menstrual cycle when you are trying to get pregnant, it can still be difficult to exactly know when ovulation occurs. If you are not certain, you can always start with an ovulation predictor kit or use a simple calendar to map out your cycle. You can also use these suggestions to identify your fertile days.
Check your basal temperature: Your body temperature rises and stays at an elevated level for the rest of the cycle after you ovulate. The temperature drops again at the end of the cycle. So use a thermometer to check your temperature in the morning before you go out of the bed. For more accurate readings, use a digital or a glass basal thermometer. Then maintain a chart and write down your temperature every day. If you track your entire cycle, you will notice that the temperature is higher in the first few days of your cycle.
Evaluate the cervical fluid: The cervical fluid protects the sperms and helps it move through the cervix towards the uterus and then the fallopian tubes. When it prepares for ovulation, the cervical fluid changes in colour and texture. You can notice a mark difference in how the fluid looks and feels over the course of the cycle. The fluid is more sticky and white when you ovulate.
Use apps to track your cycle: You can also use an army of female-friendly applications that will allow you to track your cycle without writing cryptic notes on your pocket notebook. The apps will help you determine the days of the month you are fertile. There are a few free services applications that not just track your cycle but also keep tab of your period symptoms, breast exams, weight and more.