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How to Use a Fertility Calculator


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A fertility calculator can help you pinpoint when you're next going to ovulate. What is a fertility calc, you ask? It's not a technical gadget that requires a degree to operate. . . it's a simple online calculator that lets you plug in a few numbers to work out the best time to conceive.

These devices can be a life-saver if you don't have months to wait to conceive. It's a little known fact that you're only fertile for about one day in the month (sometimes it can be a few hours), so it's quite easy to miss your chance to conceive.

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.

You'll need to enter the date your period started last month, the length of your cycle and an approximation of your luteal phase length.

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.

Fortunately it's quite rare to be asked about the luteal phase, as the majority of programs will only want to know the date your period started and your cycle length.

Some people prefer to use a pen and paper to work out when they're ovulating. If this is you, and you're looking at your journal dates, you can count backward 14 days from the time your next period is going to start, and this will be your approximate ovulation date. This is not an exact science, so assume you might be fertile 2 days before and 2 days after that approximate ovulation date.

If you want to incorporate the luteal phase in your calculation, then monitor the daily changes in your cervical mucus as well as your BBT. These two basic pieces of information can really help the accuracy of your fertility calculation.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in increasing your chances to conceive. There's so much information I want to share with you, but there isn't enough space on this article! You can combine the use of your fertility calculator with other natural fertility techniques, so you can get pregnant in the shortest time possible.

There's a free fertility calculator to identify your most fertile time of month. You'll also find advice on how to triple your fertility, so to conceive as quickly as possible go to:


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