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What is required to chart your fertility cycle?

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To chart your fertility cycle, you'll need to:

  • Test to find out if and when you are ovulating
  • Take your basal body temperature (your temperature when you're at rest).
  • Examine your cervical mucus.
  • Track when your menstrual period begins.
  • Note when you have sex.

Knowing this information can make a difference. Though the average couple conceives after about 5-6 months of trying, people who know how to find out when the woman ovulates, or releases an egg, and who have sex regularly during that time improve their chance of getting pregnant.

SOURCES:
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
American Pregnancy Association: "Ovulation Kits & Fertility Monitors."
BabyMed.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Obstetrics and Gynecology, December 2002.
Scolaro, K., American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Feb. 15, 2008.
FDA: "Home Use Tests -- Ovulation (Saliva Test)."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 24, 2020

SOURCES:
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
American Pregnancy Association: "Ovulation Kits & Fertility Monitors."
BabyMed.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Obstetrics and Gynecology, December 2002.
Scolaro, K., American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Feb. 15, 2008.
FDA: "Home Use Tests -- Ovulation (Saliva Test)."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 24, 2020

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