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Ovulation: Everything You Need to Know

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Some fertility specialists say that if you want to get pregnant, you should have sexual intercourse about every two to three days, no matter what point you're at in your menstrual cycle. But why put that much pressure on yourself when you are only actually fertile for a few days each month? With just a little know-how about ovulation, you'll be able to tell when it happens and concentrate your efforts on those fertile days.

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There are several ways to figure out when ovulation is actually happening. One is simple estimation. Most women ovulate around 10 to 16 days before their periods start. So if your cycle is fairly regular, you should be able to make an educated guess about your ovulation time. Another way is to use an ovulation predictor kit from the drugstore or our very own ovulation calculator.

These kits measure the hormones in a sample of either urine or saliva to predict whether you’ll be ovulating soon. A third method is to chart your menstrual cycle, keeping track of your basal body temperature, the position of your cervix, and your cervical fluids, so that you will learn when your fertile period is each month.

Whichever method you use, once you have learned all about ovulation, you may find it much easier to conceive!

 
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