Fertility charting can help you get pregnant. Both healthy couples interested in becoming pregnant quickly and couples experiencing fertility problems can benefit from these techniques. The fertility awareness methods taught on this site instruct women on how they can monitor personal symptoms that are proven indicators of fertility. This allows couples to understand when fertility is highest so they can time intercourse accordingly.
These techniques are scientifically proven and recommended by mainstream medicine. During a woman's menstrual cycle, her body prepares for a possible pregnancy. The brain sends hormonal triggers to the female body to prepare for ovulation and release an egg. These same hormones trigger observable side effects (or symptoms) in the body. By monitoring these symptoms, it is possible to understand when ovulation occurs.
Couples having trouble conceiving can greatly improve their odds of conception. By helping identify ovulation and fertility, couples can understand when the best time for baby-making is. This can drastically reduce the time it takes to get pregnant.
Get pregnant more quickly
Healthy couples who use the fertility awareness techniques described on this site can conceive up to 5-7 times faster than those that do not. This statistic is based on published research. Fertility charting is particularly helpful for couples experiencing fertility problems, since they may otherwise require a year or more to conceive without assistance. Monitoring fertility levels helps ensure that couples can capitalize on their available opportunities for conception.
More details on the effectiveness of these methods are available here.
What do these techniques require?
The fertility awareness method involves recording and charting daily symptoms indicative of fertility. The most common symptoms are basal body temperatures and cervical mucus observations. Other symptoms such as cervix status, saliva ferning patterns, and hormonal test results can also be optionally charted.
It is not necessary to chart every possible symptom though. Most women start charting basal body temperature (BBT) initially. This is useful to identify ovulation during their cycle. Temperature data can also help indicate fertility problems and your BBT charts may be useful for your doctor.
While BBT charting is valuable, cervical mucus observations can be even more valuable for couples trying to conceive. Basal body temperatures identify ovulation after it has occurred. For couples trying to conceive, this information comes too late. The fertile window has already passed. Cervical mucus, on the other hand, indicates approaching fertility. Knowledge about when ovulation is about to occur is more valuable to couples trying to conceive. This is because the likelihood of conception is typically highest immediately leading up to ovulation as shown below.
The Next Step in Learning to Chart Your Fertility
This site contains the information necessary for you to begin charting your fertility. Now that you are convinced of the potential benefits and effectiveness of fertility awareness, you can follow a recommended path to learn more. Many readers may wish to read up on background information describing how these techniques work. This background information can be helpful to put fertility charting in perspective. Other readers may want to skip this scientific explanation and skip ahead to review the different symptoms you can track.
- An Overview of Which Hormonal Events Signal Fertility
(scientific explanation: recommended next reading)
- Overview of Possible Symptoms to Track
(skips over scientific explanation above)
Recommended Navigation of this Site
The links in the left margin at the top of each page suggest what information you should consider reading next. This is helpful to know as you navigate this site. Links at the top are also available to allow you quick access to any page. Overall, readers new to fertility awareness will find the following sequence of information helpful.
- First, may readers will benefit from reading the medical background. This explains the hormonal triggers associated with female fertility that make fertility awareness techniques possible.
- First, you should check out the possible symptoms that you can chart. This will help you decide what information you want to record and understand the fields on the symptothermal charts.
- Once you understand your options, you can start looking into how these symptoms are charted to determine your fertility. The charting legend page helps introduce you to fertility charts. You can also consider whether you want to chart manually on paper or electronically using software that automates the process.
- Readers new to fertility charting may find recording tips helpful as they look to begin recording personal symptoms.
- Even if you are using software to interpret your charts, you can still benefit from understanding how to interpret them yourself. This is the last recommended reading for new users.
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