Women can only conceive in a short window each month, during ovulation. Charting and keeping track of your monthly cycle can help you predict when you are ovulating to increase your chances of success. The fertility specialists at Procrea in Ontario and Quebec discuss how to track ovulation.

One important factor to keep track of is your basal body temperature. Before you get out of bed each morning, jot down your temperature. When you ovulate, you will see an increase in your temperature compared to the previous days and weeks. At this time, it will be too late to conceive, but by keeping track of which cycle day the spike occurs, you can plan ahead for the coming months. The most fertile window—ovulation—occurs 2 to 3 days before the temperature spike, as well 12-24 hours after ovulation.

Another factor that can help you determine when you are ovulating is cervical mucus. Around your fertile window, you may notice a greater amount of cervical mucus that appears clear and slippery. When you first notice that mucus, or one to two days before it starts, is your most fertile time.

In order to help you keep track of the information you collect, you can use a free fertility mobile app. There are also online calculators that can help estimate when you might ovulate if your cycles are regular. Another recommended method would be to use an ovulation predictor kit. These are similar to pregnancy tests. If you have an idea of when your fertile window might be you can save money by just testing at that time instead of the entire month.

If you and your partner are still unsuccessful in conceiving after one year of trying, contact the fertility doctors at Procrea to schedule an appointment in Ontario or Quebec.