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Ovulation kits Work!


Ovulation kits Work!

by Suneer

(India)

An Ovulation kit works! I did not know that using these kits in some way will improve my chances of becoming pregnant. It really does help one get pregnant naturally. I had just been following what I had read was the expert suggestion to women to have regular sexual intercourse throughout the month. You know how this might be not be really practical at times. For me, i just thought knowing the most fertile time of my cycle and targeting all my efforts during that time will in some way increase my chances of conceiving. The experts also recognize that most women will opt to choose a method that will predict the time of ovulation and increase the chances.

After trying the regular intercourse throughout the month though it wasn’t really regular all the time, I just decided to try this ovulation prediction thing. I began learning how to follow the fertility signs like bbt and cervical mucus. Emmmm, it takes some time to learn these and I somehow did not have the patience to wait for about 3months to master them before trying to do them right. The ovulation predictor kit was just find for me, no complicated processes and i could start right away. I had to buy one brand that my money then could afford and i did not really understand then the accuracy and sensitivity issues. i just reached out to what i could get. It seems it was a generic brand. Now of course, I will know who to get the best I can with the money i have. The pregnancy came really fast, in 2 months. I don’t know if the predictor kit really played a major role but i am happy they help someway to get me pregnant! In some way to me, ovulation kits work!

So my general advice to any woman seeking to conceive is to give these kits a try! Even if you still have regular intercourse throughout the month with your partner.

Ovulation Chart Or Commonly Fertility Chart

The Ovulation Chart Or Commonly Fertility Chart

An ovulation chart is basically a paper or chart that has a recording of fertility signs as the menstrual cycle progresses.

The most important reason that has prompted women to seek more information about this theme is the desire to conceive.

Though it could offer some help to achieve a pregnancy, it is however not an excellent contraceptive method to depend on.

To draw maximum benefit from this chart, these prerequisites are important.

  1. It is a chart about ovulation, therefore it is just natural to make certain that you have a good understanding of the menstrual cycle.
  2. Comprehend what fertility charting is all about.
  3. Then know how to identify the signs of ovulation, correctly record them and then proceed to interprete what you have on paper!

A Sample Chart

We have a free sample of an a ovulation chart here, which you can also print for personal use if necessary.

These are the key components of the chart

  • Cycle days:
    Gives you information about the specific day you are dealing with in
    your cycle. Note that the length of this section depends on the length
    of your cycle.
  • Timing: Gives an indication
    of the day of the week, date and time. This may help you identify your
    menstrual patterns during the interpretation of the ovulation chart. To
    avoid unnecessary imputs for the date field, you can enter it only once
    and only when there is a change from one month to the other.
  • Basal body temperature chart:
    This is an important part of the ovulation chart. Notice that there is a
    full range of possible temperatures. Eacj day, simple mark the right
    box with an “X” that corresponds to the temperature of the day.
  • Cervical Mucus(CM):
    Note the quality of the mucus in the correcponding box using the
    suggested abbreviations. You can creat your personnal abbreviations if
    need be.
  • Sexual intercourse: Not when you have an intercourse. Remember that the experts advice regular intercourse throughout the month for maximum effect.
  • Sensation: How do you feel in your vulva area? Dry? Wet?
  • Notes/observations for any other thing you may need to write down.

Using The Chart

Using the fertility chart is quite simple.

  1. Have a copy of the chart and a pencil or pen by your bedside or in another approprite place for you.
  2. Decide for yourself which of the signs of ovulation
    you want to monitor. You are not obliged to monitor all of them.
    However,it is advisable to do so with atleast two signs to optimize the
    chances of you finding out your pattern.
  3. Observe
    each sign daily. It is advisable to do so about the same time each day,
    usually early in the morning. Familiarize yourself with the procedures
    for each sign.
  4. Record on the chart as soon as you
    observe the sign. Do not trust your memory to do so latter during the
    day, though it may really have no problems!
  5. Continue
    recording until the month runs out and get a new chart. Remember that
    you cannot use just one completed chart or an incomplete chart to make
    reasonable conclusions. Identifying your pattern is the grand objective.
    You may need atleast three completed charts.
  6. Ask your physician or midwife if there is any problems with this. Yes, you can also ask Doc online!

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Ovulation and Menstruation:When does ovulation occur? When do I ovulate?

Ovulation and menstruation are the two most significant processes occurring during the menstruation cycle.

Women often ask questions such as: when does ovulation occur? when
do I ovulate? Some women have even asked me ‘how long does ovulation
last?’

I will present in this web page some basic facts about the
ovulation days including predicting the ovulation date or the
conception date as is commonly called. For better comprehension of the
ovulation and menstruation, it is advisable to get the basic facts of
the ovulation cycle if you have not yet done so.

But first, when does ovulation occur?

When Does Ovulation Occur?

There is a tight relationship between the date of ovulation and
menstruation cycle. A woman ovulates at a particular time of the cycle,
depending on the length of her cycle. The precise date or exact time of
the day may vary from cycle to cycle and be affected some other
factors.

There are 3 methods by which a woman can determine the approximate ovulation date or likely conception date.

  1. The ovulation calender If
    you know the length of your cycle and its luteal phase, you can easily
    calculate the approximate date of ovulation. By subtracting the luteal phase length
    from the length of the entire cycle, you obtain the likely date of
    ovulation. Example: 30 -16=14, ovulation therefore likely to occur on
    the 14th day of the cycle. If you do not know the length of your luteal
    phase, you can use the average of 14 but this will be less accurate.More
    conveniently, you can use the ovulation calender generated by a
    software which determines your ovulation period from the length of your
    cycle and luteal phase. These are the so-called ovulation or
    menstruation calculators which produce a calender of your cycle days
    showing the fertile and non-fertile periods as well as the days of
    expected menses. Many of these softwares are available online for use or
    for download( some free and others paid).
  2. The ovulation chart This involves monitoring the signs of ovulation and recording them on a chart called the ovulation chart. This process is called fertility charting.
    The ovulation date can often be easily identified by observing the
    pattern of the signs on the ovulation chart. This often requires time
    commitment but can be very helpful in learning about your own body.
  3. Ovulation predictor kitsThese
    are urinary test strips that detect the presence of the hormone that
    causes ovulation, that is, luteinizing hormone(LH). By daily testing the
    urine for LH starting about 3 to 4 days before the calculated ovulation
    date, you can easily detect the occurrence of ovulation even within
    hours. Examples of such kits are ClearBlue Easy and OvuQuick which could
    be purchased online or in offline stores.

You can read the web page how long does ovulation last? to find out an important fact which women often want to know by asking this question.

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Not sure

Last month I tried using the clearblue digital OPK kit. Checked it for 10 days and didn’t get a smiley. But I had CM around day 6 somehow the OPK couldn’t detect the surge. Maybe this could be because I drink a lot of fluid through out the day. I start off my day with 2 tall glasses of water. I tried using it first thing in the morning as suggested by the employee of the company(I called them with my concern) still didn’t work. So I changed my plan and TTC every other day right after “aunt flo” stops. Hoping the good old fashioned way will finally help get me pregnant.
Baby dust to all!!

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Normal Menstruation: Know the normal to identify abnormalities

Knowing the features of normal menstruation will enable you to better understand your body and identify abnormalities.

I would review in this article the minimum facts I believe every woman
should know about the menstrual flow during the normal menstrual cycle.

What Is Menstruation?

Menstruation is the shedding of the inner layer of the uterus called the endometrium
through the cervix into the vagina. It is one of the phases of the
menstrual cycle and the most noticeable one for obvious reasons!

Each
menstrual cycle essentially prepares a woman’s body for a possible
pregnancy. If pregnancy does not occur, the endometrium which has been
build up in preparation then breaks down and appears as menses.
Menstrual flow is therefore some sort of uterine tears shed for not conceiving the pregnancy it was preparing for!

Menstruation and The Menstrual Cycle

Menstruation is not the same as the menstrual cycle. The menstrual
cycle describes the cyclic changes in a woman’s body going through
menstruation, the follicular phase, ovulation, the luteal phase and
back to menstruation again to begin the cycle. Menstruation is therefore
one of the 4 phases of the menstrual cycle.

Menstruation
or menses distinguishes humans from some mammals that have reproductive
cycles but do not menstruate. The shed endometrium in these mammals
does not flow out but is reabsorbed. Such cycles are not menstrous in nature and are called estrous cycles.

Menses, Periods and the “Moon”

What processes lead to menstrual flow during normal menstruation? The actors behind the screen in a woman’s body responsible for menstrual flow are the female hormones called progesterone and estrogen.

When
the levels of progesterone and estrogen drop suddenly at the end of the
luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, the endometrium no longer receives
the support from these hormones and therefore begins to break down.

Furthermore,
chemicals like prostaglandins are released as the endometrium breaks
down which cause a mild contraction of the uterus gently pushing out
menstrual blood.

Characteristics Of Normal Menstruation

Normal menstruation has specific features. These characteristics
include the duration of menstrual flow, quality of the menstruum,
amount of blood loss, the flow pattern and associated symptoms.

  1. The duration of menstrual flow.Normal
    menstruation usually last from 3 to 7 days. The exact duration varies
    from woman to woman. It however shows little or no variation for the
    same woman from cycle to cycle. Most women do not experience cycle to
    cycle changes more than 1 or 2 days. It is unusual for the same woman
    to have wide swings such as 3 days duration in one cycle and 7 days in
    another.
  2. The amount of blood loss.The
    average blood loss during normal menstruation is about 35 ml, with a
    range of 10 to 80 ml. Yes, but who measures her menses inml?.
    Most women develop a sense of what is normal for them by the number of
    pads they use and how soaked those pads become with blood.You are different and therefore should learn what is normal for your body and not that of a friend, relative or webmaster.
  3. The quality of the menstrual blood.
    Menstrual blood is normally bright or light red in color like the
    bleeding that occurs after a knife cut or similar injury. If you have
    never been injured, that is still fine! It could look brown in some few
    women and still be normal menstruation. It must not have a foul odor.
    Small clots may be a normal part of menstrual blood.
  4. The flow pattern.Normally,
    as menses begin to flow, the amount of blood loss seems to increase
    gradually until it attains a maximum and then starts diminishing as the
    end of the flow draws near. This pattern is described as
    crescendo-decrescendo pattern.
  5. Associated symptoms.Normal
    menstruation may be accompanied by other symptoms such as breasts
    fullness, mild lower abdominal pain or irritability. These symptoms are
    never debilitating. Severe symptoms may indicate abnormalities such as
    menstrual cramps or the premenstrual syndrome.

Sex and Menstruation

A 2009 survey of women published in the Journal of Sex Research
found that women have different experiences and attitudes towards
having sex during their periods. Generally, women have different
perceptions of sex during menstruation for cultural, religious or even
personal reasons.

The most significant medical concern for sex
during menstruation is the increased risk of contracting Sexually
Transmissible Infections( STI) during the period of menstruation.

Menstrual Hygiene

There are two main reasons why you should pay attention to personal hygiene during menstruation

Further Resources and references

  1. The American College of Obstetrics an Gynecology.Information for patients
  2. Allen KR. Goldberg AE. Sexual activity during menstruation: a
    qualitative study. Journal of Sex Research. 46(6):535-45, 2009 Nov-Dec.

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