A person using their fertility tracker app from Ovia Health.

Tracking fertility during the fertile window

Ovia’s fertility tracker app makes predicting your ovulation day and fertile window as easy as possible. All you have to do is enter your data! Some data becomes very important depending on your cycle phase, so it’s essential that you are entering the right data. Tracking your symptoms and moods is vital during the fertile window and throughout your cycle because it helps Ovia establish patterns and ovulation predictions. You can also track ovulation tests, cervical fluid, and basal body temperature to get even more specific data feedback. 

The fertile window

The fertile window describes the five or six days on which intercourse or introduction of sperm can lead to conception. The fertile window ends with either the fertilization or dissolution of the egg in the 12 to 24 hours after ovulation. The likelihood of conception increases each day closer to ovulation, so pinpointing the day can make a huge difference in your probability of getting pregnant.

Ovulation tests

Tracking your ovulation tests from cycle-to-cycle can help you determine any consistency in your relative ovulation day across multiple cycles. It can also help you confirm that ovulation has or has not already occurred within a cycle. Although Ovia doesn’t need ovulation test results to project your fertile window, confirming a positive result on an OPK (ovulation predictor kit) will help improve your projections.

Cervical fluid

Cervical fluid changes in consistency throughout the cycle, becoming thin and stretchy like egg whites (its most fertile state, best for ushering along sperm) by the time the fertile window and ovulation roll around. Tracking these changes in your cervical fluid, particularly as you approach ovulation, will really help clue you in on when you are most fertile.

Basal body temperature

Logging your basal body temperature can be instrumental in identifying your ovulation, both within a single cycle and across multiple. Some people’s basal body temperature drops a bit right before ovulation, though this isn’t true for everyone. Most people will notice a post-ovulatory spike, which is caused by a surge in the hormone progesterone, which helps ready your womb for a potential baby. Charting the spike in one cycle makes ovulation for the next cycle much easier to pinpoint. Tracking your basal body temperature is an excellent way to help identify your fertile window.

Symptoms and moods

Tracking your symptoms and moods during your fertile window will help pinpoint your ovulation within the window, as many symptoms like cramps, backaches, and feelings of confidence are positively correlated with upcoming ovulation. Maybe for you, the signs are slightly different. Start tracking your health data to find out!

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