Ovulation Calculator – A Useful Tool To Help You Get Pregnant
Use an ovulation calculator to fine tune your fertility treatment
An ovulation calculator can be created from simply charting your basal temperature everyday of your cycle – including through menstruation. This can give a practitioner some really useful information about your hormones and gynaecological health. A skilled practitioner will use this information to fine tune your treatment plan, and it’s also a really good objective way to observe the changes in your body as your treatment progresses.
You need to use a fertility thermometer – sometimes called a basal temperature thermometer – as they most accurately measure the subtle temperature changes that occur during a menstrual cycle. Take your temperature when you wake and before you get out of bed. If you find yourself up out of bed going for a pee then don’t bother taking your temperature afterwards – it won’t be accurate and can create confusion. It’s best if you can take your temperature at the same time every morning. Make a note of time variations as it will help explain the pattern of your ovulation calculator. If you work night shifts or are frequently woken through the night, temperature charting may not be a good option for you.
A few useful tips to help you create an ovulation calculator by charting your temperature are:
- Start a new chart with each day 1 of menstrual bleeding. If you get a bit of light spotting to start with, your day 1 is most likely to be when your actual period flow starts. Sometimes women need help from someone skilled with fertility temperature chart reading to help clarify when their day 1 really is.
- Set a different alarm sound to remind you to take your temperature.
- Use a fertility thermometer – sometimes called a basal temperature thermometer – they more accurately measure subtle menstrual cycle temperature changes than your usual one.
- Buy a digital thermometer that remembers your temperature so you don’t have to turn on the light to record it – useful for sleeping partners, or lazy day starts.
- If you find yourself over-analysing your chart, take them to someone like myself who really does know how to interpret them. Sometimes women I see are needlessly worrying that their temperature charts aren’t text book perfect. They don’t need to be. I run free Q & A sessions online and am happy to look at your charts for you then. If you are on my email list, you’ll be updated about when these sessions are happening.
- Another tip for women who are over-analysing, is to get someone else to record the information.
- It is important to note that Apps and online calculators don’t always accurately ‘decide’ when your ovulation occurred. They are a guide only.