How do I Really Know ?

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Here’s something we didn’t get to in our clip yesterday.  How do you actually know “if’ you are indeed ovulating properly?”

The answer is very simple.  You don’t need to get all fancy pants testing about the place to really know.  I can tell you absolutely, you are ovulating 100% if you are getting a period that is at least one day with a full and proper flow.

Many women come to me out of great concern that they have been told they aren’t ovulating.  A test may be preformed by your medical professional on the 21st day of your cycle to observe progesterone levels.  If they come back high enough, it will indeed confirm ovulation.  But here’s a question.  What happens if you ovulate after day 21?  Well, your GP will come back to you and tell you that you aren’t ovulating.  The problem is, that this is not necessarily correct if ovulation is happening after day 21.  But the reality is, if you are ovulating this late in your cycle you do need to address why and there are so many ways and means of doing so, all without the use of drugs.

I want you to get into the practice of tracking your ovulation as we discussed in yesterdays segment, so I’m encouraging you to take a look at the charts presented below.  I’ve included a sample of a filled in chart plus there’s a blank one for you to download and use.  Please be aware, the one that is filled in is what a typical cycle should look like.  Yours may look different and that is Ok because we are all individuals.

Here’s what you need to remember -

  • You can start tracking at anytime to get into the practice. In fact I recommend you start today.  Moving forward, day 1 is the first day of your menstrual cycle.  That is the first day you get your period.
  • Record your period.
  • Then once it has finished, start to think about what it feels like around the opening of the vagina.  It will be dry, moist or wet.  This can’t be wrong – it is simply what you feel.
  • Record each day through the cycle.
  • The last wet day you experience is ovulation.
  • We could allow 3 days after this event to cover your ‘fertile’ time.  So for those trying to make a baby, this is when you go for gold (as well as for the rest of the month but that is another story – you can read more here).  For those avoiding pregnancy, you may like to practice protective measures at this time.
  • Typically from ovulation right through to when you next menstruate it will FEEL dry.  Feel is the most important word here.  You may see cervical mucus present but it will not feel wet – meaning it isn’t your fertile time.
  • Track your cycle for a minimum of 3 months to get a good idea.
  • If your cycle doesn’t look like this, it is a good time to seek some advice.

The example chart we mentioned earlier showing what a typical cycle should look like.

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And here’s a blank form for you to download, print and then fill in for yourself.

Blank Ovulation Chart

This topic is loaded – it can be a bit confusing to get your head around. So if you have questions please feel free to ask in the comments section. It’s fair to say some of your questions will help others and also help us shape future discussions here on healthtalks – so stay tuned!

Nat x

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13 comments on “How do I Really Know ?
  1. Jess Geier says:

    Thank you for this! I can’t even believe I’m saying this but I have literally never tracked my period in the 17 years I’ve had it. I usually have ample warning because I get cramps, but always wondered how to tell when I was ovulating. This makes perfect sense!

  2. Rennae says:

    Can you please speak more about some of the other things that may happen during your cycle and if it’s healthy/normal, you mentioned a mucus plug at the end of your cycle. How about day 1-5 period day 6 dry then spotting on day 7 & 8? I’m also interested in ovulation spotting I had it for the first time this month?

  3. Devon says:

    If you skip periods or its irregular what does this usually mean? Also, what is the best natural form of birth control? I don’t want to go on the pill or take any hormones but everything else seems risky. If i could track when I ovulate that would really help as I could just avoid intercourse during that time. I always thought ovulation happened right before the period! Haha

  4. kylie says:

    I managed to get pregnant on the last day of my period once. Now I can guarantee that this was the timing of the conception as the other party was overseas. So this natural method scares the bejesus out of me. Obviously something wasnt right but i had been off the pill for 6 months at the time. Any light onto why this can happen? This is why i am still on the pill today because i do not want to go through that again.

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  1. [...] A very helpful book to start with is Toni Weschler’s “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” which is a system of fertility or birth control that is even OK to use if you are Catholic – so I imagine these methods can work for nearly everyone – and it is NOT the rhythm method!  However, because of the herbs (especially Red Raspberry Leaf), my cycle is very regular, and is nearly always between 25 and 28 days (unless I am around other females for a large amount of time, which can disrupt this greatly, and I know this ahead of time).  I recently found online this article, and I enjoyed the method here of getting to know your body!  You may also wish to look into menstrual cycle-tracking jewelry like Cycle Beads, or these very pretty alternatives from Obsidian Star (who also amongst other sites runs http://www.ClothPads.org)  Please also note this blog post on tracking ovulation. [...]

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