If youâ€™ve ever wondered which are your most fertile days then youâ€™ve likely heard of an ovulation calculator. Ovulation calculators are designed to help you predict your most fertile days by projecting the day on which you will ovulate. The calculation is based on the length of your menstrual cycle and the first day of your last menstrual period.
The problem is that many women think that an ovulation calculator is a fail safe way to determine your most fertile days and unfortunately thatâ€™s not true. So, here are five common myths about using an ovulation calculator.
Myth #1:Â An ovulation calculator will tell me exactly my most fertile days
The truth is that it is only an estimate, and you should use all of your signs of ovulation to help you. This includes monitoring your cervical mucus, your basal body temperature and watch for ferning of your saliva.
Myth #2:Â I can use an ovulation calculator even if my cycles are irregular
The truth is that it is unlikely to be helpful if you do not have regular cycles. Because we ovulate typically 14 days before the next menstrual cycle, you may miss your most fertile days completely if you have an unusually long or short cycle.
Myth #3:Â If my signs of ovulation are not there, I can still find my fertile days using an ovulation calculator
The truth is that if you do not have obvious signs of ovulation you may not even be ovulating at all. You can do calculations for several months in a row, but it will do you no good at all if there is not an egg present to be fertilized by the sperm.
Myth #4: I can use an ovulation calculator even if my luteal phase is extremely short or long
Your luteal phase is the second half of your menstrual cycle, after you ovulate. The truth is that if your luteal phase is abnormal, your fertility may be compromised. So even if it is the same every month, you may be unable to conceive easily. Your luteal phase should be 12 to 16 days in length.
Myth #5: I shouldn’t have to do anything except stop using birth control and use an ovulation calculator to get pregnant right away
The truth is this does not happen for most women. Many are living unhealthy lives, eating a very poor diet, and experiencing high levels of stress. These factors compromise your health and fertility, and you often have to focus on taking care of yourself for a few months first.
So if youâ€™re using an ovulation calculator but still arenâ€™t getting pregnant, donâ€™t assume that youâ€™re just not using it right or that you just need to find a â€œbetter oneâ€. Thatâ€™s the definition of insanityâ€¦doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
In reality, when you are trying to get pregnant there is often much more to it than just trying to calculate your most fertile days. You need to look at your overall health and understand your own menstrual cycles and how they compare to normal.