Methods to Track Ovulation


Knowing when you ovulate is really the key to getting pregnant. The fertile window in a woman’s cycle is very short, and it can really be tough to get pregnant if you don’t know when that fertile window is. Luckily, there are many different ways to track ovulation and get on top of your cycle. That way, you can know what days you are most likely to get pregnant, and can plan sex accordingly.

1 Method #1: Cervical Mucus

Paying attention to your cervical mucus is one of the oldest, and least “technical” ways to track your ovulation. Women have been tracking their ovulation cycles via their cervical mucus for hundreds of years, and it is actually very effective.


Once the cervical mucus turns from nonexistent or tacky, to slippery, egg white consistency that is a sign that ovulation is imminent. This method can take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it is actually very dependable.

2 Method #2: Ovulation Software and Apps

In our digital age, it’s only natural that there would be a ton of different smartphone apps and software programs on the market to help women track their ovulation. These apps and programs range from free and basic, to expensive and very elaborate.


The great thing about these apps is that they don’t require much participation from the user. You can simply enter some information about your last period, and the app can tell you when you can expect to ovulate based on that information.

3 Method #3: Ovulation Predictor Kits

Ovulation predictor kits work similarly to home pregnancy tests. They detect a hormone in the urine, and can be used at home with a great degree of success, as long as the user follows directions closely. Where home pregnancy tests detect the level of hCG in the urine, ovulation predictor tests detect the levels of LH in the urine. Once a surge of LH is detected, that means that ovulation is imminent.

The only drawback to using an ovulation predictor kit is that the test strips need to be used each day, and maybe even as often as twice per day during ovulation week. This can get expensive, since the replacement test strips are often not cheap. However, ovulation prediction kit tests are very accurate.

4 Method #4: Basal Body Temperature

Another great way to track ovulation is by taking and charting your basal body temperature. The basal body temperature is the temperature of the body at rest. To do this, you will need a basal body thermometer and a special chart. Each day before you even get out of bed, you will take your temperature with the basal thermometer.


Then, chart your temperature on the chart. You will probably have to do this for several months to see a pattern. However, right before you ovulate, you should notice a small temperature spike on the chart. That is how you can note your ovulation using the basal thermometer method.

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.

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