Trying to conceive can be a confusing time for many people, especially if they are not completely familiar with their bodies. Doctors will typically tell you that the average cycle is 28 days and ovulation occurs on day 14. But for many people this is not true – and going into trying to conceive with only this knowledge can really hurt a couples chances of getting pregnant.
The truth is that women have a wide range of normal cycles. Some women have cycles a little as 21 days, while others can have cycles lasting longer than 35 days. As you can imagine not all of these women ovulate on or anywhere near cycle day 14! Even woman with a textbook 28 day cycle may not ovulate on cycle 14; it can be a few days sooner or later.
Knowing when you ovulate is crucial to trying to conceive. If you miss your fertile window cycle after cycle you may begin to suspect that you have fertility problems, when in all reality your body works just fine. Here are some ways to help tell when you’re ovulating:
Secondary signs of ovulation
According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are other, secondary ovulations signs that women may experience. These may not happen consistently, and many women will not experience them at all.
Secondary signs of ovulation may include:
Increased sex drive
Heightened sense of smell, taste or vision
These are some of the signs that can help to predict and pinpoint ovulation. Once you know your ovulation period, you can use that knowledge to time your baby making efforts properly, achieving pregnancy more quickly.