You’ve been trying to conceive and you’ve heard about fertility charting, but you have no idea if you’re ovulating regularly or at all! You’ve tried checking your cervical mucus but you don’t think you’ve had the egg white mucus that’s supposed to mean you’re ovulating. Taking your basal body temperature was just confusing, your temperature fluctuates so you don’t know if you’ve had a temperature spike meaning you’re ovulating or not.
You’re trying to have intercourse as much as possible so *hopefully* you won’t miss the fertile window. But to be honest, you just don’t know when your fertile window is (or even if you’re ovulating at all) so you’re feeling like it could be a wasted effort.
Your fertile window is about 5 days before ovulation and the day of ovulation. So there’s really only about 6 days in the cycle that you can actually fall pregnant. So if you don’t know when you’re ovulating, you could be missing this window of opportunity.
In my clinic I’ve been seeing many woman who are trying to conceive. Often they don’t know when they’re ovulating, so they’re having sex sporadically. When I was trying to conceive, I certainly had no idea about when I was ovulating either! A few problems I see with couples trying to conceive who are having intercourse almost daily are a) intercourse starts to feel like a chore rather than an act of please, and b) females become more prone to vaginal itchiness, thrush or urinary tract infections due to the altered pH of the vagina – and vaginal health is SO important when it comes to conceiving a baby, so you really want to avoid problems like these!
If you’ve never tried fertility charting, it’s definitely worth giving it a go to find out exactly when you’re ovulating. You can find more information about fertility charting here.
I also love to use herbs for clients who aren’t ovulating regularly (or at all). White peony (Paeonia lactiflora) is one of my favourites for modulating hormones and promoting ovulation. It’s imperative to work out the cause of your ovulation problems so you can treat accordingly. If you’ve recently stopped taking the pill, often your hormones are adjusting – clearing excess hormones with liver supporting herbs can be helpful in this situation, such as dandelion root and milk thistle. If you have PCOS, you may need a multi-faceted approach to reduce androgen levels and reduce insulin resistance (spearmint is a beautiful herb to use for reducing androgen levels to help promote ovulation).
Knowing exactly when your fertile window is will help you optimise your chances of conceiving. Wouldn’t that be life-changing to know EXACTLY when you’re ovulating so you know when you should be having intercourse? No more guessing, no more missing your fertile window.
If you’d like to know more about improving your chances of conceiving naturally, sign up to the Preconception Challenge. It’s a fun, free and online 7-day challenge designed to help you improve your fertility. We start 7th January 2019 – register now!