Not wanting to conceive is one reason why women calculate their ovulation period, thus the rhythm method of natural family planning is always an open option. On the contrary, wanting to have a baby is another reason why some women, especially spiritually-inclined ones or those who practice yoga and self-control, do keep track of their ovulation days. They may not indulge in unnecessary sexual enjoyment all for nothing and, instead engage in the act of bodily union only during the fertility period. Whichever motivation you find yourself under, below are guidelines on how you can calculate your ovulation days accurately and effectively.
- Track your menstrual period. The great way to do this is to track the entire year of your menstrual cycle. Sometimes, women have an irregular menstrual cycle. This may either be normal or abnormal (depending on the type of body you have). If, however, you have irregular cycles, you must consult your doctor immediately to find out whether it is normal or not. You will be given directions and prescriptions if it is found to be of abnormal causes and is dangerous. Now, if it is normal, list your cycle on the calendar or on a notebook. List down the exact day and time your menstruation started and the day and time it ended. If you have had your period twice in a month, list it down also.
- Know the shortest and longest periods of your entire monthly cycle. Get the starting and ending days of the cycle and count all the days consumed, including the half-days. Then calculate the day you started a menstrual cycle in a month up to the starting day of your next period. Count all days and take note of them beside each month. If you are doing this on a notebook, make sure to write legibly for an accurate calculation.
- Find out the beginning of your ovulation period. After you have determined the shortest cycle, deduct 18 days from it. This is the approximate starting day of your ovulation period.
For example: 22 days (shortest cycle days) - 18 days = 4th day (the first day of the ovulation period)
- Find out the last day of your ovulation period. Subtract 11 days from the longest menstrual cycle.
For example: 29 days (longest cycle days) - 11 days = 18th day (the last day that you are fertile or prone to being pregnant)
- Evaluate your cycle. Take note of all the cycles you have inspected and calculated. Referring to the above examples of the longest and shortest ovulation cycles, you can clearly see the days you are fertile and days when you will not be worrying about getting pregnant.
- Know your body's biological changes. Every woman has different changes in the body that are greatly dependent on the menstrual cycle. Ovulation changes depend on your daily activities. When you take in too much alcohol or other intoxicants, suffer from too much stress and fatigue, or constantly travel; the ovulation cycle will most likely be altered.
Knowing your accurate ovulation cycle can either save you from any unplanned pregnancy or award you a long-desired one. Whatever your plans may be, the best of luck! Just make sure that such plans are made and followed within a legitimate and healthy relationship. Illicit sex always harbors undesirable results. Be clean, healthy and safe!