Whether you are actively trying to have a baby or actually trying to avoid pregnancy, an ovulation calendar can be quite helpful. An ovulation calendar is a means of charting your most fertile times of the month. Also referred to as the rhythm method in avoiding pregnancy, it is one of the oldest and most widely practiced fertility tracking methods used. The calendar itself can be a very helpful tool for those couples who want to know when they are most fertile.
Benefits of an Ovulation Calendar
The process of beginning an ovulation calendar that will be useful does take time. It is most useful when you have tracked your cycles for at least four to six months. Once you have this data, the rest is fairly easy. Assuming you have no fertility problems, every month you have about a 25% chance of becoming pregnant if you have intercourse during the days that you are most fertile. With a calendar, you will be able to calculate when ovulation begins and thus when you are most likely able to conceive. Additionally, a calendar can help you identify and monitor your cycles for regularity as well as your body’s own symptoms during the time of ovulation.
While keeping an ovulation fertility calendar can be quite helpful, it is not always useful for every woman. The first drawback to this method is that it is assumed that ovulation begins at the same time every month. While that certainly would make things a lot simpler, the fact remains that many women ovulate at different times of the month, and it is not recommended for those who have irregular menstrual cycles or for those who do not have cycles that are exactly the same number of days each month. Another drawback is that although in most cases sperm is only viable for about three days, it has been found to survive for as many as seven days. By itself, while helpful, an ovulation calendar does not provide a viable means to either get pregnant or avoid pregnancy. However, coupled with a fertility kit that tracks changes in a woman’s saliva or hormonal levels, it is most often 98 to 100% affective.
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