Fertility awareness - Know your cycle!
Women who observe their cycle and use fertility awareness methods significantly increase their chances of getting pregnant.
Every woman has been keeping track of her cycle since her first period. In the modern age, an abundance of different apps and wearables makes it easier to track cycle and symptoms such as chest pains or mucus colour, and overall mood. Some women go as far as using cycle-based methods as a means of contraception or to get pregnant. However, some calendar methods such as Knaus-Ogino, are outdated and based solely on probability calculations.
A lot has been happening in the field of ovulation testing in recent years. If you can handle urine, there is always the option to test with ovulation strips. However, methods such as Natural Family Planning (NFP) in particular, offer important alternatives to urine test strips, the pill etc.
The days near ovulation are your fertile days. That’s when you’re most likely to get pregnant.
Fertility awareness methods:
There are a few different methods that help you track your fertility signs. You can use one or more of these methods to get a better picture of when you’ll ovulate:
- Basal body temperature: take your temperature in the morning every day after waking up and before you get out of bed.
- Cervical mucus: check your cervical mucus (vaginal discharge) every day.
- Calendar methods: chart your menstrual cycle on a calendar.
It’s most effective to combine all 3 of these methods. When used together, they’re called the symptothermal method. However, there’s is another option: breathe ilo is the most innovative and easiest method to track ovulation. breathe ilo is a small handheld device synced to an app that reads the breath’s CO2 saturation to determine where a woman is in her cycle with incredible accuracy and can be done at any time of the day.
Using fertility awareness methods require a certain degree of responsibility and self-discipline, but all the effort pays off eventually. By combining the results of examining the cervical mucus and cervix position as well as temperature measurements, breathe ilo’s CO2 tracking and evaluating other symptoms, you get a pretty good insight into the workings of your cycle.
Whichever method you choose, the knowledge you gain about your cycle, the fertile window in each cycle and period details, is definitely worth the time and commitment.