we’re not at insemination stage yet (i am so impatient to get there!), but we’re tracking my fertility signs in order to get a good idea of my peak fertility point each month. the better acquained i am with my unique signs and patterns, the better our chances of choosing the right time to inseminate will be.
this is a more complex endeavor than you might imagine. and it requires tools. allow me to introduce them to you…
one indicator of ovulation is basal body temperature (bbt). monitoring this involves sticking things up my vajootz. basically, as soon as i wake up, the thermometer goes in, and it takes my waking temperature. i then record and graph this. a rise in bbt is indicative of the hormonal change that happens with ovulation.
the thermometer is a noisy, beepy thing that wakes s up in the morning, but she is very patient about it, and tries to ignore it.
another indicator of ovulation is an opk, or ‘pee stick‘. this detects the hormonal surge that comes with ovulation. there are heaps of different kinds, but i use the paper ones because they are far less expensive than other kinds, and you can buy them in bulk (i get mine from here).
being an anally retentive nerd-type, i have a spreadsheet on which i track all of this information, and also note other things that are relevant to my cycle, including:
- phase of the moon
- blood presence and type
- colour and texture of vaginal mucus
- mood changes
- appetite and cravings
- skin changes
- breast changes/soreness
- sleep changes and dreams
if you want to see a master copy of the chart, and download and modify it for your own purposes, you can find it here. obviously you should consult other resources (such as your doctor, and books about fertility) about how best to interpret the data you gather.