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Ovulation

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Knowing your ovulation cycle is an important step in trying to become pregnant. You are at your most fertile in the days right after you ovulate. As such, these are the best days for trying to conceive.

Some methods of determining your ovulation cycle are simple and involve a little guesswork. You'll need to know the first day of your last period, and the length of your typical menstrual cycle. Most women ovulate around two weeks before their period begins.

Aside from simple math and estimation, your body will give you signs that tell you where you are in your cycle - you just need to know what to look for. Changes in your cervical mucus and breast tenderness are two common signs of ovulation. Some women can feel themselves ovulate - the feeling usually manifests in the form of back and abdominal pain.

Keeping track of your basal body temperature is another way to determine when you ovulate. If you're consistent enough with taking your basal body temperature every morning, you'll notice small fluctuations that can tell you when you're most fertile, or even if you're pregnant.

If these methods aren't your speed, there are also ovulation calculators that will give you a good idea of which days you should be trying to conceive. These use the same information that you would, like the date of your last period, but do the math for you.

 
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