Knowing when you are ovulating has several benefits. You can only get pregnant by having unprotected sex from about five days before to one day after ovulation. Determining when it occurs can help with both natural family planning (a non-hormonal method to prevent pregnancy) and conception (getting pregnant when you want it). Some women simply want to keep abreast of their ovulation as part of understanding their general health and well-being. Others control ovulation as part of a medical evaluation of health conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome. Creating an ovulation table requires a calendar and method to determine when to ovulate.
Write it down
Any calendar will serve to control ovulation, although you may want to keep it private. A calendar that is displayed on your desktop may not be the best option. Although you can use the old paper and pencil method to create your own calendar, you can also use more modern methods to create your table. Commercial manufacturers produce an increasing number of software programs and smartphone applications to help you in the registration process.
Basal body temperature
One of the most basic home health tools, the thermometer, can give an accurate reading about when ovulation occurs, but you should be diligent with your efforts at registration. Starting around the day after ovulation, your body produces the hormone progesterone. Progesterone causes a slight rise in body temperature, usually between 0, 5 and 1 degree Fahrenheit when measured by a sensitive thermometer in the early morning (even before getting out of bed). It is important to keep in mind that controlling basal body temperature helps to detect if or when ovulation occurred, but it will not help you to recognize it before it happens, which is essential if you are trying to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy.
In theory any thermometer can be used, but a thermometer specially made to detect ovulation will give you the most reliable results. An elevation in basal body temperature that lasts 2 or 3 days in a row reliably indicates that ovulation has occurred. Although many women use and like this method, it has its disadvantages. It does not work for everyone, it requires effort and can only confirm that you have ovulated, but can not predict ovulation in advance.
Control Cervical Secretions
You can use cervical secretions to determine when ovulation is approaching and help you determine it, especially if you use this method along with records of your temperature.Cervical secretions change in a predictable pattern during the course of your menstrual cycle. The cervical mucosa varies from scarce right after menstruation to abundant, translucent and elastic before and immediately after ovulation. Although this method is not for everyone and it takes a little education to master it, it correlates quite well with ovulation. Many women find it an easy, convenient and reliable way to control ovulation.
High Tech Controls
Commercially available controls and kits that detect hormones, saliva or cervical fluid that indicate ovulation provide a high-tech way to detect it. Although the urine kits differ slightly from one to the other, they all seem to be similar to urine pregnancy tests because they use plastic sticks with an indicator. Although most of these kits can predict ovulation only 1 or 2 days in advance by detecting luteinizing hormone, at least one mark can predict ovulation a little more in advance, as much as 3 or 5 days before ovulation, by measuring a Estrogen metabolite. You can buy higher-tech controls that are usually more expensive to control your ovulation, although it has not been proven that they are more beneficial than the basic systems in reliable clinical studies. Some of these include minimicroscopes and other controls for cervical fluid and saliva, as well as thermometers and skin controls. A remarkable new product integrates basal body temperature measurements with a software kit of compatible fertility tables.