It is important to understand if you are releasing an egg from the surface of the ovary every month. There are some simple ways to begin to understand if you are ovulating regularly.
Most women have a 28 to 35 day menstrual cycle. In the first half of a woman’s cycle, a group of eggs mature to be ready for fertilization. By the middle of the cycle at least one mature egg is released off the surface of the ovary. The egg drops into the fallopian tube and it is here that fertilization can occur in the presence of sperm.
How can we predict if ovulation has occurred? A simple and inexpensive way to understand if a woman is ovulating regularly is to chart daily temperature. This method requires writing down
daily temperature on a special chart and using a sensitive oral thermometer called Basal Body Thermometer. This thermometer measures changes in body temperature as small as of a 1/10th degree. It is also available in digital form and available over the counter at any pharmacy.
It is important that a woman take her temperature after first awaking BUT before moving out of bed and hopefully the same time each day. Women are asked to chart daily temperature for 2-3 months. Your doctor will review your charts to understand if there is a problem with ovulation.
There is another tool, called an ovulation predictor kit, which can be used on a monthly basis. Ovulation predictor kits are available over the counter at any pharmacy.