What I want you to understand before I proceed, is that ovulation charts are not meant to be used as a method of contraception. However, because you are visiting this site, I assume that contraception is not what you’re looking for anyway. Ovulation charts usually will chart your basal body temperature and your cervical mucus.
An ovulation chart is really only a piece of paper or a chart that you record signs of fertility over the course of the ovulation cycle (from start of one period to the start of the next period). It can be helpful to start charting months ahead of when you plan to get pregnant, particularly if you don’t have regular cycles. The most likely reason that women use ovulation charts for is when they are wanting to conceive and need to know when the best time to do so is. By knowing when you are about to be or are ovulating, you can schedule in time to have sexual intercourse with your partner.
You want the ovulation chart that you are using to include the dates of your menstrual periods, the times and dates you test and may also include your basal body temperature reading. To do the latter, you will need to purchase a basal body thermometer, and learn how and when to use it properly.
Here are some helpful things to know to increase the effectiveness of using an ovulation chart:
- When recording on your ovulation chart, you will first need pay attention to your menstrual cycle to figure out how long it is.
- Make sure to fill out your ovulation chart every day. Missing a day can throw things off and make things confusing.
- Make sure to take a close look at your chart to determine when you are ovulating, as there is a good chance that you do not ovulate when you think you do, or that you even ovulate at all. As women increase in age (even over the age of 30), they do not ovulate every month!
- Using ovulation charts can help you determine the best time to get pregnant, as well as help you increase the chances of choosing the gender of your baby.
- If you have irregular ovulation cycles, using an ovulation chart can help you and your physician figure out when you normally ovulate.
- Using an ovulation chart, can help you keep track of ovulation signs such as cervical mucus, which can also help you in figuring out your cycle and hence increase your chances of conceiving.
- Here is an ovulation chart that I found on another site that can help you track your basal body temperature and cervical mucus.
Once you know the date of your last menstrual period, the length of your cycle, and the normal length of your period, then here is an ovulation calculator that may help you out:
Knowing all of this information can help you to figure out when you could test for ovulation using Ovulation Prediction Kits that you purchase online on this site or at the store. When you know when you are ovulating, you can then ensure you time sexual intercourse accordingly.