Ovulation charts are important in helping you determine when you might ovulate; understand your fertility and menstrual cycle better. This work will cover ovulation cycle charts, ovulation temperature charts and printable ovulation charts. You will also get a sample ovulation chart.
In a woman’s cycle, there are a number of concepts that are worth noting. These are mostly important in determining the fertility of a woman. To learn and establish how one’s body reacts in the different menstrual cycle phases, it is important to note, compare and contrast them. This has to be in an organized manner or else nothing will make sense. How then can one do this?
Ovulation Cycle Chart
An ovulation chart is a graphical drawing that helps organize fertility data in a way that helps to decipher certain patterns. While trying to conceive, it is important to know when the best timing for intercourse is. One can only learn this by charting their cycle. This is important for two reasons:
- By following the clues indicated on ovulation charts, you will be certain when to time intercourse for conception purposes. This makes getting pregnant faster and saves one from the frustrations of too much trying with no success
- The fertility information can be shared with your doctor if need be. This saves time for treatment as compared to having to start when the doctor needs the information
The main components of a woman’s cycle that are recorded in it are cervical mucus and the basal body temperature.
Cervical mucus helps propel the sperms towards the egg for fertilization after ovulation has taken place. The flow becomes smooth and the environment favorable for conception.
In relation to cervical mucus, a menstrual cycle follows a pattern close to the one explained below. There are bound to be changes given how long one’s cycle is and how many days they bleed.
- Menstruation period: Cycle day 1 to cycle day 5
- Scanty or no cervical mucus discharge: cycle day 6 to cycle day 9
- Thickening white mucus: cycle day 10 to cycle day 12
- Stretchy, clear, thin and slippery mucus which looks like the egg whites: cycle day 13 to cycle day 15
- Mucus reduces in amount and starts to become thick and sticky again: cycle day 16 to cycle day 21
- Vagina dryness: Cycle day 22 to cycle day 28
To get a sample of the cervical mucus, you could check if there is some on your undergarments. If not, rubbing a piece of tissue paper or your fingers on the opening of the vagina will get you some.
Once this has been acquired, rub it on your fingers and note the color, texture and consistency. These should then be noted on the fertility chart. Mostly they have a key for the various states of the mucus that are easy to understand.
Ovulation Temperature Chart
The basal body temperature is used together with observations made of the cervical mucus. They are noted on the same chart. One records the temperature of the body while at rest. This is what is known as the basal body temperature. It should be taken before engaging in any activity such as rising up from the bed, eating or drinking. One should not have been busy for at least the last three hours of their sleep. The basal body temperature thermometer which is used to take the temperature should be placed on the night table or on any other place that will not necessitate one to rise up.
Taking the temperature indicates a certain pattern that can help one to try or avoid conceiving as it shows when one ovulates.
While taking the temperature, take these precautions:
- Set a specific time for taking the temperature. If need be, set a daily alarm so you can wake up at the same. This is likely to provide better results than when done at different times.
- The temperature should be taken in a consistent manner. Choose one amongst oral, rectal or vaginal ways.
- Apart from the thermometer, also keep the pen and fertility chart beside your bed. Getting up to start looking for them may distort the basal body temperature by making it rise.
- The temperature taken should be that after the body has been at rest for at least three hours. If there were interruptions within this time, take the temperature still but make a note to avoid getting a false signal
- In case you forget to take the temperature, plot the temperatures that follow. Remember to note this down.
- Remember not to consume anything before taking the temperature. Do not smoke, drink or eat. If you take your temperature orally, taking the temperature after you have done this will not give an accurate figure. Eating will also mean that you will have been active.
To Help Make the Best Out This Ovulation Chart:
Observe the cycle chart and pay attention to when you had egg white cervical mucus. This is likely to have been followed by a sustained rise in temperature and preceded by a drop in temperature. Take note of this cycle day by highlighting it as it is likely to have been the ovulation day.
Fill the ovulation chart in the coming month. Check out if the same pattern appears and if you ovulate on the same cycle day. If this is done for a number of cycles, a certain pattern is likely to emerge that can help signal when ovulation is likely to occur.
If ovulation takes place around the same time, you know when to time intercourse to conceive or avoid conceiving.
If this does not give a clear clue, look out for other consistent patterns such as cervical mucus and consistent temperature dips to predict ovulation. The fertile phase in the cycle usually lasts from three days before ovulation to a day after ovulation.
Every woman’s cycle is different. It is therefore upon each individual to use the indicators discussed above to find out how their cycles are like.
Printable Ovulation Charts
There are a number of online sites offering printable ovulation charts. These are mostly free. The qualities to look for in a chart should be as follows:
- The slot for cycle days should start from day 1 to past day 28 to give room for those with long periods.
- There should be a column for the time at which the temperature is taken
- A column and key for recording the cervical mucus is also necessary
- Some Highlighting to show the most probable date when one is fertile.
- A column to indicate when you engaged in intercourse
Free ovulation charts can be downloaded from a number of sites. The only precaution to take is ensuring that before you download their printable versions, they meet the above requirements.
Sample Ovulation Charts
Below is a sample fertility chart you can use in monitoring your ovulation cycle or fertility cycle. There are other ovulation charts, which might be similar, or measuring other parameters
Suggested Further Reading:
- When Does a Woman Ovulate or When Does Ovulation Occur?
- What Happens During Ovulation & After Ovulation
- Symptoms of Ovulation – Physical, Cramps & Pre-Ovulation Signs
- Spotting During Ovulation – Before, Around & After Ovulation
- Post Ovulation Symptoms & How Do You Know When You Are Ovulating
- Ovulation Pain – Signs & Symptoms, Severe, Lower Pain Back
- Pain during Ovulation – Before, During, After, Breast & Back Pain
- Cramping After Ovulation – Is it a Normal or A Pregnancy Signs?
- Ovulation after Miscarriage – When, After How Long, Signs
- Ovulation Test – Positive, How to Use Test, When to Take