Ovulation is the process of discharging an egg from the ovary, and the released egg has more probability of getting fertilized. When such an egg gets fertilized, then it implies that you are pregnant!
For most women, fertility is more from two to three days before ovulating from the day of ovulation. Knowing the correct time of ovulation can help in planning pregnancy and even aids in avoiding getting pregnant if it is what you intend. The three ways to track down ovulation are:
The calendar method
The simplest method to estimate when ovulation will occur is to count back. For this, you need to figure out the exact date of the beginning of your next period. It is not an ideal method for those who experience irregular periods. From day 1 count back to 12 days and then another four days. You may expect ovulation to occur during the next five days. For instance, if you have a 28-day period cycle then there are possibilities that you may ovulate on day-14. Day-1 is the first day of the period and 28th day is the last day before your next period begins. There is online ovulation calendar available, which you may use for better understanding.
Chart your cervical mucus and basal body temperature
A more precise way to track ovulation is to chart the patterns of your vaginal discharge and body temperature. It may take a little work, but it delivers accurate results. It is a scientific fact that the basal body temperature rises right after ovulation. You can detect the change in temperature by measuring your BBT. Also, there is a change in the texture of your vaginal discharge during the time of ovulation. It becomes stretchy, slippery and clear like a raw egg white.
Using an ovulation predictor kit
You can also try a predictor ovulation kit, OPK to test your hormone levels to know when do I ovulate. The pee-sticks deliver accurate results a day or two days before your ovulation. It works by measuring the luteinizing hormone that rises during ovulation and which is also an indication that your ovaries will shortly discharge an egg. Such kits are available at the drugstore even without a prescription.