How to use a fertility calculator

by Shola Oslo

A very good way to find out when you are going to ovulate is with the use of a fertility calculator. Unlike regular calculators, fertility calculators are wonderfully cheap and natural way to track your ovulation is with a plain calendar and knowledge of your own body. Also, there are many helpful websites available online that will calculate this for you. All you have to do is fill in the blanks.

Many women have used fertility calculators when finding it difficult to conceive and have been successful! Believe it or not, a woman can only conceive 12-24 hours out of the month and usually the problem is simply bad timing.

You’ll have to provide some information so the calculator can do its job. Don’t worry – they don’t need to know your life history – just a few facts. The important thing is to ensure that the info the calculator requires is correct.

The questions are: first day of your last period, days in your cycle and average luteal phase.

If you regularly note down the dates of your period in your journal, this will be an easy exercise for you. Then, all you need to do is count the days in between the dates your period starts.

What’s a luteal phase? It’s the second half of your menstrual cycle that occurs once you have already ovulated. It can last anywhere from 10 days to 16 days, and it’s not as easy to work out, because you need to have an idea of when you’re ovulating.

The good news is there are not many sites that ask for this information; most fertility calculators only ask for the first day of your last period and the amount of days in your cycle.

The ultra low tech way to get your fertile dates is to use your diary or pda, and enter your cycle start dates as a diary entry. Then, all you need to do is subtract 14 from the predicted date of your next period, and voila – you have an ovulation date. Of course, this is not accurate, so assume you might be fertile + or – a couple of days of that date.

To get best results, combine the use of a fertility calculations with charting your basal body temperature and identifying when this rises, keeping notes of changes in the way you feel mid-cycle, and checking your cervical mucus every day.

There are tips and tricks to realizing when you are ovulating which I explain on my website and books. Once you become more in-tune with your body using a fertility calculator to get pregnant will be as easy as 123!

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