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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Three Easy Ways to Answer the Question: ‘Are You Fertile?’

You can actually monitor and time your sexual intercourse to be in sync with the most fertile time of the month. There are three ways to identify the most fertile days of your menstrual cycle and increase the likelihood of successfully starting a pregnancy. These three methods are natural ways of predicting the time for conception and answering the question ‘Are you fertile?’ You can monitor your fertility easily through the three fertility markers - namely the cervical fluid test, the cervical position identification and the basal body temperature.

You may want to know more about your vaginal secretions, since they often signify fertility. One of those secretions is the cervical mucus, which is obviously secreted by the cervix. During menstrual cycles, the cervical linings produce this substance in large quantities. But after menstruation, production is kept to a minimum, so little production that a woman literally feels ‘dry.’

Normally, the mucus is cloudy and thick. But in the middle of the cycle, it becomes clear, slippery and stretchy. Its consistency resembles that of an egg white. This usually occurs a day before ovulation and signifies the point at which you are most fertile.

You can check the mucus yourself so that you can actually feel and see the difference when the change occurs. You can do this by wiping your vagina before urination. Making sure your hands are washed and clean, gently place your fingers into the opening of your vagina and collect a portion of the mucus. Note the consistency, color and elasticity of the mucus. If the mucus stretches by spreading the fingers without breaking and is clear in color, it is a sign that you are fertile.

Another way to check the state of your fertility is to know the position of your cervix. Many women do not realize this, but the cervix does change its placement during your cycle. Start by checking its position at the end of the period and do this daily at the same time to track your fertile periods.

Normally, the cervix is in a low position at the start of the cycle. However, the cervix transfers to a much higher position just before and during ovulation. You can check the position of the cervix yourself by inserting the middle finger into the vagina. Identifying the cervix is rather easy since it feels like a rounded cylindrical mass of tissue.
Another way to answer the question ‘are you fertile’ is by measuring the basal body temperature (BBT). BBT is the body’s baseline temperature. Any increase in the temperature, even by half a Fahrenheit can indicate something about your fertility. BBT is normally lower at the earlier part of the cycle. On the day of the ovulation, the temperature increases slightly. It will then stay at that level until the start of the next cycle or continue to stay slightly elevated if you become pregnant.

The basal body temperature should be taken first thing in the morning before doing any activity, even before getting out of bed. An oral thermometer can be used. This should be done with the utmost care to get the desired results. Taking a quick sip of water will clearly throw off your result. Chart your results and overtime you will begin to see the natural fluctuations of your body’s temperature as you go through your cycle and be better able to help determine when you are most fertile.

So now that you know three ways to help determine if you are fertile or not, using one alone can bring you success in getting pregnant, but using two or all three of the methods together may further increase your odds. The better in tune you are with your body and the changes that occur throughout your cycle, the more prepared you will be to answer that all-important question, "Am I fertile right now and can I get pregnant?"

Best of luck!