Your internal and free ovulation calculator
First, though, some background, what is conception?
Fertilisation happens when an egg from a female and the sperm from a male meet. This combined force is what produces an embryo. Conception is when that embryo implants in the lining of your uterus. This is how couples can be fertile, having sex at the right time, but still struggling to conceive.
Throughout the female menstrual cycle which lasts roughly a month. Day one is when you start your period with bright red bleeding. Everyone’s cycle is slightly different. This is because we have different hormones that release at different levels.
This provides unique chemical combinations in our body that stimulates different hormonal activities. Some women find it useful to keep a calendar tracking things such as temperature to see which week and day they are likely to ovulate. The problem with this is that this quickly adds to an obsession around periods and conceiving a baby.
This adds to stress which we’ll cover below.
At the point of ovulation, we are looking for a peak in LH (Lutenising hormone) and Oestrogen. Just after this, progesterone rises.
These hormones produce different effects in our body. At Essential Feeling, we then work with you to make sure you have all of the tools to spot your bodies inbuilt ovulation calculator by reading the signs that your body gives you.
In fertility reflexology we talk about balancing hormones. This means we concentrate on balancing your body as much as possible so your hormones peak and trough as required to conception to take place.
Determining the day of ovulation from your internal ovulation calculator
Watching out for secretions of mucus from your cervix can be the most accurate way of establishing your own ovulation calculator. Once it is prevalent, it goes through a process that you should try and monitor.
1. Scant, sticky and pasty
2. White, sticky, gluey and elastic
3. Cloudy, stretchy, more abundant and also wetter
4. Clear, stretchy, profuse and slippery
By tracking this (see videos below too), you’ll be able to make use of your own built in internal ovulation calculator which will give you the clearest sign of what is going on in your body.
The last stage, stage 4, when your mucus is clear, stretch, profuse and slippery is when you are ovulating. If you’re not getting the above maybe you’re not ovulating. If this is the case we have lots of experience of bringing about more regular ovulation with fertility reflexology.
However, remember, that you need to look out for all the stages in your ovulation calculator so you’re ready. Sperm lasts for up to 7 days in your fallopian tube depending on it’s quality. Therefore, you need to be building up sexual intercourse during the stages so that you have the maximum amount of living sperm ready to fertilise your egg.
Your natural ovulation calculator will tell you when it’s time to work on things. You need not go mad, and particularly remember, there is no benefit to having sexual intercourse more than once a day as at this rate the sperm can’t reproduce enough.
Trust your natural ovulation calculator and you can take it easier, thus reducing stress and again aiding your chances of getting pregnant.
However, it’s important to note that an ovulation calculator is not the be all and end all.
NICE guidelines state the following and it’s worth bearing this in mind:
“People who are concerned about their fertility should be informed that sexual intercourse every 2 to 3 days optimises the chance of pregnancy. Timing intercourse to coincide with ovulation causes stress and is not recommended”.
I’m using the ovulation calculator technique above and I’m still not getting pregnant?
This can happen for many reasons; the ovulation calculator is one tool amidst many things that need to coincide to make pregnancy happen. The thing is though, without getting this bit right, it won’t happen and we can work on the rest with fertility reflexology for men and for women, nutrition advice, dealing with stress and many other lifestyle factors.