One of the best methods for figuring out your fertility window is fertility ferning. Ferning refers to the pattern seen through a fertility microscope, such as Ovatel. During a woman’s fertile period her saliva will show a pattern that resembles the leaves of a fern. This means she is close to ovulation and should begin to prepare to conceive.
Ferning has been around for a long time and is one of the most reliable ways to determine whether or not you are fertile and when.
The Science behind Ferning
There is actual science behind ferning. It is not just some magical thing that happens each month. Estrogen is the hormone behind the ferning event. As estrogen rises in the body, it helps to make a mature egg to be released at ovulation. These levels peak as the time gets closer to ovulation.
Your estrogen levels can be seen in the crystal pattern in dried saliva. As you near ovulation and are at your most fertile, you will be able to see the crystals very easily once the saliva dries on the scope. During the other times on your cycle you will not see this pattern at all. If you do or you see ferning more than once in your cycle, you could already be pregnant or have some hormone issues.
How to Read Your Ferning Scope
There is an art form when it comes to the ferning pattern that signifies your fertility window. You have to make sure that when you are using your Ovatel fertility monitor that you follow the directions to the letter. It will cut down on questions and second guessing yourself.
Once you have a sample of your saliva, place it on the scope, and allow it to dry. You should never dry it with a heat source, as this will ruin the sample and you will have to start all over again. The drying time is about 10 minutes with an average sample. You want to be sure to have enough saliva, but not too much so that it never dries. When you are ready to look through the scope, you need to be sure you have a good light source. If the light is too dim, you will not be able to see the crystals.
There is a chance that you are not in your fertile period, so if you do not see the ferning patter, do not worry. Simply keep using the scope each day until you see it. Depending on where you are in your cycle, this could be up to a couple weeks. Hang in there you will see the pattern. In addition, using the scope regularly will help you become an expert at it. Practice always makes perfect.
Once you do see the ferning pattern emerge, you will want to time intercourse so you can get pregnant. Your fertility window should last about 5 days and during this time you will want to have sex once per day to make sure there is enough sperm to do the job.