By Veronica Tilden, DO
Donna wonders how an online ovulation calculator could be helpful for her. She needs to enter her cycle length, and that is all over the place. It might be 28 days one month, then 32 the next month, and 25 another month. Then she might go 3 months without any period at all. She wants to know when she is fertile, but how can she tell with so much unpredictability?
Is an Ovulation Calculator Accurate?
Remember, an ovulation calculator helps you predict when you will ovulate, which indicates your most fertile days. It is only accurate or helpful if you have a regular cycle and no fertility issues. If you are irregular, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and work on your health and fertility.
Where should you start? These are the most important things:
- Start charting your signs of ovulation
- Start improving your diet
- Evaluate your stress levels and stress handling skills
Begin charting your signs of ovulation. Creating your own ovulation calender (Read article) is a great place to start. You want to gather as much information as possible, and get to know your own rhythms. This includes things such as the first day of your period, when you have fertile mucus and ferning saliva, your LH surge, and the rise in your basal body temperature. Do this for at least 3 months, and learn what it all means.
Get serious about eating a healthy fertility diet. Diet is absolutely critical to your overall health and to your fertility. Begin with avoiding processed foods and eating more organic vegetables and animal products from grass fed animals. These foods have the nutrition your body needs to make the hormones that support your fertility. The most important nutrients are the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K2 and minerals.
What is the level of stress in your life? Are you working long hours? Are you in a happy and stable relationship? Do you sleep well and wake up feeling rested? Do you have any chronic health problems or pain? These are some of the factors that can increase your stress levels. How we handle these things is equally important. It is our attitude about things more than the things themselves that determine if we have a stress response in our body.
So, if you are concerned about the accuracy of an ovulation calculator, then address some of these issues that make your cycle irregular. The end-result is signs of fertility that are healthier and easier to follow, and greater success with trying to conceive. And having a healthy and happy baby sooner!
To Your Vibrant Health!
Veronica Tilden, DO