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By Rebecca Stone, MD


hen trying to get pregnant, you

may start watching your body

closely for signs of pregnancy.

But it might be a good idea to watch your

body closely for other signs too. Keeping

track of ovulation, the time when the

egg leaves your ovary and is ready to

be fertilized, can help you increase your

chances of getting pregnant, according to

the American College of Obstetricians and


If you have sex in the 3 to 5 days

preceding ovulation, you are more likely to

get pregnant. But figuring out when you’re

ovulating can be a little tricky. There are a

few methods that can help.


Using a basal body thermometer, check

your temperature before getting out of

bed each morning, and record it. Body

temperature tends to rise slightly (0.4 to

0.8 degrees) in the days after ovulation. The

egg can only be fertilized for 12 to 24 hours

after ovulation. If you have regular periods,

this method can help you predict when you

should ovulate in your next cycle.


Right after your period, there are typically

a few dry days when there is no mucus

present. Mucus production increases

as ovulation nears. Around the time of

ovulation, the mucus becomes clear and

slippery, like raw egg whites.


Ovulation test kits, available at pharmacies,

test urine. You briefly hold a test stick in your

urine stream. It checks for a hormone that

peaks just before ovulation. Testing is started

2 to 3 days prior to expected ovulation.

Once the test is positive, ovulation usually

occurs in the next day. Your most fertile time

is the day of the positive test and the two

days after.

Talk to your doctor if you have questions

about tracking ovulation.

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Rebecca Stone, MD,

is a

board-certified OB/GYN

affiliated with ValleyCare

Medical Foundation.

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