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Fertility Facts You Should Know When Trying to Get Pregnant

Posted Monday, September 8, 2008 9:51 PM

Fertility Pregnancy FactsHundreds of couples each month are dealing with fertility issues. With all the babies in the world being born every day you would think this is an easy task to get pregnant. It is not. The stress of determining fertility can be unbearable when you are constantly trying and nothing is happening.

There are things every couple should know about fertility and becoming pregnant. The first thing is timing. There are only certain times when a woman can conceive. If you do not know the optimum time of fertility then you are reducing your chances of getting pregnant. The best thing to do is start to track your ovulation periods. You can do this with a fertility chart. A fertility chart allows you to track your body's temperature during a cycle to determine when your best chance of becoming pregnant has occurred. You can also use an ovulation calendar to help determine this also. The fertility charts and ovulation calendars are available for free at many web sites. You can also just keep a journal to write down the information.

Although it has been taught for years that a woman's menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, some can be as short as 21 and others as long as 36 days. The best way to determine how many days are in your cycle is to count from the first day of your period to the first day of your next period. Keeping track of this over several months can give you a true indication of your cycle. Once you know your menstrual cycle there are signs you can use to determine when you may be ovulating.

Vaginal discharge does not mean an infection. It is the body's normal state to produce cervical excretions in the days leading up to, during, and after ovulation. Knowing what to expect, and how the fluids change during ovulation can help with fertility issues. During days one through five there is the menstruation period. The next three or four days there should be little to no discharge. On days 10 through 12 the secretions are thick and sticky. The following three days or so will have a slippery, egg white mucus. It is clear, thin, and elastic. The last days, 22 through 28 will again be dry with little or no mucus. It is during the days of the clear, slippery discharge that the woman is most fertile.

Once you realize your fertility cycle you will be able to plan accordingly. The ovulation period only lasts a few days. The good news is strong healthy sperm can live up to five days in the healthy reproductive system of a woman. This means that even if you miss the mark, there is always a chance you and your partner can still become pregnant.

As you study more of the facts about fertility and ovulation, you can better assess your own body's cycle. You will know how to track your ovulation periods. You can start to plan for a healthy pregnancy.

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