Helping You Monitor Your Fertility

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"Consistency, dedication, and persistence are key to achieving your objectives."


Ovulation Calendar


The separate symptom pages offer specific recommendations and instructions for each of the fertility symptoms. You should review these pages for general information. This page reiterates or suggests additional recording tips for tracking symptoms.

General Recording Tips

  • Record your observations every day. Do not wait several days and then try to remember what values you need to record.
  • Try to avoid skipping days. Take measurements or observations daily.
  • Track multiple symptoms to offer a mechanism to double check findings of each method individually.
  • Couples trying to conceive should consider charting at least one symptom that can help predict ovulation to enable them to maximize their odds of getting pregnant.
  • Couples interested in postponing pregnancy should chart a symptom that identifies ovulation before and after the fact to estimate the start and end of the fertile period.
  • Be patient and try not to get too discouraged if at first you do not succeed.
  • If you are planning to get pregnant, see a doctor if you have not already. He or she can recommend things you can do before getting pregnant for the baby's health (e.g. prenatal vitamins, quit smoking, etc.).

Recording Basal Body Temperatures

  • Try to preserve consistency between readings in every way possible
  • Use the same thermometer and testing method (oral or vaginal) throughout the cycle
  • Take your temperature immediately after waking before even getting out of bed
  • Note any factors that may cause your temperature reading to be inaccurate:
    • Illness
    • Late waking
    • Alcohol consumption
    • Not getting at least consecutive hours of sleep
    • Use of a heating blanket
  • Use a digital basal thermometer for ease of reading (digital) and accuracy (basal)
  • Write down your temperature immediately after taking it to avoid forgetting

Recording Cervical Mucus

  • Place the mucus sample against a white tissue to compare its color. Be sure to consistently use the same color of tissue
  • Keep in mind that other factors such as the presence of semen may interfere with the sampled mucus
  • Consider alternating days for intercourse around ovulation if trying to conceive so that cervical mucus can still be accurately observed every other day
  • Be sure to wash your hand first to avoid introducing germs

Recording Cervix Observations

  • Assess your cervix with your body in the same position each day for consistent observations
  • Be sure to wash your hand first to avoid introducing germs

Recording Saliva Ferning Patterns

  • Make sure you do not eat or drink anything before taking a saliva sample
  • Consider taking a sample just after waking before putting anything in your mouth (even your toothbrush!)
  • Allow the sample adequate time to dry
  • Read the instructions that accompany your handheld microscope to understand normal use and other recommendations