While Ovatel is awesome for detecting your fertility window, the MyCycleDiary menstrual chart is your ovulation companion. It will tell you and your doctor everything you need to know about your cycle. This is very important not only for getting pregnant, but also for your overall health.
The MCD chart uses the information that your provide about each day of your menstrual cycle. This information paints a picture of each of your cycle so that you can see when and if you are ovulating, whether you are timing sex at the correct time in your cycle, and if your luteal phase is the right length to support a healthy pregnancy. The more you put in your chart, the better picture you will have of what is going on.
Three Cycles of Information
The best way to get a good picture of what is going on with your conception diary is to track your cycles for a consecutive three months. This will allow you to see if there are any inconsistencies with your cycle, if you are ovulation on time, and whether your cycle is over all healthy and conducive for conception.
When charting for the first three cycles you will want to make sure to add as much information as you can. The more information, the better. You will want to include the following on your MyCycleDiary chart:
- When your periods starts
- When your period ends
- Daily flow
- Cervical mucus
- Any spotting
- Ovatel results
- Basal Body Temperature
- Urine ovulation predictor kits
- Cervical Placement
Not everyone will want to put down all this information, but it is worth it in the long run. If after six months you are not pregnant, you can take this information to your physician for them to examine. They will be able to tell if you are ovulating or not and might be able to run tests to help determine the issue if there is one.
Using Ovatel with MCD for Confirmation
The best way to find out if you are ovulating and when is to use your MyCycleDiary along with your Ovatel. The scope will tell you prior to ovulation that you are fertile. This is known as your fertility window and will be about a five day span when using the Ovatel monitor. You will chart this information on MCD and after ovulation has occurred you should notice signs and symptoms that will confirm this for you.
One of the first signs that ovulation has occurred is a temperature jump. Once ovulation has occurred, the body begins to make progesterone. This causes a woman to feel an array of symptoms as well as her body temperature to rise slightly. Other signs to write down in your MyCycleDiary are change in cervical mucus, sore breasts, increase in urination frequency, headaches, and darkening of veins and areolas. Once you see three or more of these signs and symptoms and they last over three days in a row, you can conclude that ovulation has happened.