March 29, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: How to tell when you're ovulating

When you're trying to get pregnant, it's helpful to become more in tune with your body. Knowing when you ovulate can help you time your intercourse correctly and improve your chances of getting pregnant. Here's some tips to help you know when you are ovulating:

Basal Body Temperature dips then rises. If you are charting your temperatures, you will be able to see ovulation on the chart! There will be a dip on ovulation day and then a rise immediatedly after. For more information on charting, see this post.

Ovulation Prediction Tests are great! They work the same way as pregnancy tests, but check for a rise in your luteneizing hormones (LH).

Cramping - This one is a little more difficult to figure out and varies for each woman. Some women cramp during ovulation, some before, and some after. If you pay attention for a few months, you should be able to figure out which one happens for you.

Change in cervical fluid - Typically, the fluid becomes more like "egg whites", but definitely very wet.

All that said, just because you know you ovulated and took action doesn't mean you'll get pregnant that month...unfortunately!

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.


I just want to note, most OPKs available at your local drug or grocery store are very expensive, but you can get really inexpensive OPKs in bulk on Amazon that work just fine. They double as pregnancy tests as well, since luteinizing hormone is very similar to hCG, the hormone your body releases when you are pregnant. (Pregnancy tests do not double as OPKs, though, since pregnancy tests are ONLY sensitive to hCG. Kind of like how all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares.) Getting the cheap OPKs in bulk can be a huge money saver, especially if your cycle isn't predictable since you may need to use a lot of them.

The problem I ran into with OPKs was that they were terribly inaccurate for me. They tend to give false positives for some PCOS women. I can't remember how many times I got excited thinking I had ovulated only to have my blood drawn and progesterone was too low.