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Keep Track Of Your Menstrual Cycles To Get Pregnant

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When you are trying to get pregnant, the first thing you do is keep track of your menstrual cycles. Similarly, when you are trying to avoid getting pregnant, you will have to keep track of your menstrual cycle to know if you are going to get pregnant. While there are a lot of other factors playing a role, keeping track of your menstrual cycles is the best way to know when you are most likely to get pregnant.  ovulation period and pregnancy

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‣ Pregnancy Calculator

‣ Before, During And After Your Periods

‣ Getting Pregnant With Irregular Periods

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Keeping track of menstrual cycles can be beneficial for every woman - those trying to get pregnant and those who aren’t. In fact, tracking your ovulation period is a great step towards family planning.  ovulation and pregnancy

If you get your period regularly (every 28 days) and have had no issues with your menstruation, then you can calculate your most fertile days easily. All you will need is the duration of your shortest menstrual cycle and longest menstrual cycle.ovulation

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So if your shortest menstrual cycle was 26 days, subtract 18 from it to get the first day of your most fertile days. The start of your most fertile days would be (26-18 = 8) - day 8. Similarly, if your longest menstrual cycle was 29 days, subtract 11 from it to get the last fertile day. Thus, the end of your most fertile days would be (29-11=17) - day 17. menstrual cycle pregnancy menstrual cycle pregnancy

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Before, During And After Your Periods

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Let us first take a quick look at how ovulation and menstruation work. The ovulation period usually falls between day 11 and day 21. During ovulation, it stays in the Fallopian tube for 12-24 hours waiting to get fertilised. Your body would even start preparing itself for the baby by making the uterine walls thicker and full of nutrition. So when the egg doesn’t get fertilised, the uterine walls shed along with the unfertilised egg. Your progesterone and estrogen levels also drop which is what causes those period symptoms that you are all too familiar with.  menstrual cycle pregnancy

Getting back to the main point of discussion - the chances of getting pregnant in the days right before you get pregnant are very low. So if you are trying to avoid getting pregnant, this would be the best time. During your period, the likelihood of getting pregnant are slim but not impossible. If you are on the 3rd or 4th day, it is possible that your body has already released another egg that is waiting to get fertilised.  menstrual cycle pregnancy

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When a sperm enters a woman’s body, it stays there for 2-5 days. If your ovulation cycle starts while the sperm is still in your body, it is possible for you to get pregnant. In the days following your period, the chances of getting pregnant will only keep increasing. So if you are trying to get pregnant, you should start trying right after your periods. menstrual cycle pregnancy ovulation period and pregnancy

[Read: Chances Of Getting Pregnant: Before, During And After Periods]

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Getting Pregnant With Irregular Periods

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Despite what you may believe, women with irregular periods can also get pregnant. Most women ask how they can get pregnant or how to track ovulation with irregular periods. First step is common for all women - keep track of your periods on a calendar. Make note of when it starts, when it ends and make sure to present this data to your doctor (gynaecologist). ovulation period and pregnancy 

Another way of figuring out when you are most likely to get pregnant is by tracking your basal temperature. The temperature is highest when you are at the peak of your ovulation. Trying on the days that your basal temperature rises would increase your chances of getting pregnant. ovulation period

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You can also keep track of the cervical mucous discharge. When it is dry or when there is no discharge, you are least likely to get pregnant. When the discharge is clear and stretchy, it indicates that you are ovulating. This is the best time to start trying.ovulation

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