This online ovulation calendar will show your cycle day-by-day, and help you get pregnant. You’ll also get tips on getting pregnant – such as when to start ovulation testing or how to interpret changes in cervical mucus.
A Clearblue Fertility Monitor is a supplement to your ovulation chart, like a pregnancy test is after you miss your period. It won’t guarantee pregnancy (like a pregnancy test doesn’t help you get pregnant), but it can make it much easier to recognize when you’re ovulating and help you get pregnant. The Clearblue Fertility Monitor will help you track your fertility by detecting both LH and estrogen hormones.
In this article, I describe what happens on each day of your monthly menstrual cycle. This “online ovulation calendar” is based on a 28 day cycle, so if your cycle is a bit longer or shorter, you will need to adjust accordingly. I also share several tips for improving female fertility, to help you get pregnant.
Online Ovulation Calendar to Help You Get Pregnant
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for more than a year, you might need more help than an online ovulation chart. Think about talking to a fertility doctor, gynecologist, or urologist. Don’t forget that your partner’s sperm is just as important in getting pregnant as this ovulation chart!
Ovulation Cycle – Day 1
Day one of your 28-day (or so) cycle is the first day of your period. This is the first day you see a drop of red blood. Day one is the start of your period (or menstruation), when your reproductive hormones are low, and your uterine lining is shed. This shedding of the uterine lining is what causes menstrual bleeding.
If you don’t get regular periods, read 5 Foods That Make Your Menstrual Cycle Regular. Irregular periods make it harder to get pregnant because you can’t predict your ovulatory cycle. An ovulation chart isn’t much good if you can’t predict your menstrual cycle.
Tips for Getting Pregnant: Start a Fertility Chart
A fertility chart will help you get pregnant – it’s a daily print or online ovulation calendar that helps you keep a record of your fertility signs, daily basal temperature, the results of your ovulation tests or fertility monitors, and when you have sex. A fertility chart will help you predict when you ovulate, and tell you your most fertile time to get pregnant. This is a really important part of your daily ovulation chart.
Ovulation Cycle – Day 1-5
Your period will typically last about five days or so (though all women are different). As your progesterone hormone has dropped off from your last cycle and your estrogen levels may yet to rise, your body will likely be in its “cool phase.” This means your temperature will be lower. To learn more about the different phases of your ovulation calendar, read How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant.
Tips for Getting Pregnant: Record Basal Body Temperature
Your basal body temperature is your resting body temperature when you wake up in the morning. By charting your basal temperature daily with a special basal thermometer – a iBasal Digital Thermometer – you can discover when you ovulate during your cycle. How does this help you get pregnant? It tells you where you are in your ovulation chart, which helps you know when you are most fertile.
Ovulation Cycle – Day 6-8
The cool phase of your cycle is dominated by the hormone estrogen. However, before estrogen can be produced, the brain and body relay a set of sophisticated hormonal messages that gets your body on the path to ovulation. First off, the hypothalamus (the “brains” of your ovulation calendar) facilitates the secretion of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), which in turn nudges the pituitary gland to produce FSH – or follicle stimulating hormone. The follicle is the body that holds and nurtures an egg. The pituitary gland also produces LH (or luteinizing hormone). FSH and LH facilitate the maturation off eggs and follicle. And as the eggs develop, they produce estrogen.
Tips for Getting Pregnant: Observe Changes in Cervical Mucus
Cervical fluids play an amazing role in fertility. They provide a transport mechanism for sperm to reach the egg; they nourish and protect the sperm inside the vagina; they create a proper pH environment in the vagina so sperm can survive. Cervical fluids, therefore, are also a great natural fertility sign that tells you where you are in your daily or monthly ovulation calendar. If you observe changes in the amount, texture, and color of mucus, you will know when you are fertile – because mucus is one of the things that helps you get pregnant. During the early part of your ovulation cycle, after day 5, there may be very little cervical mucus. As estrogen promotes mucus production, through cycle days 6-8, you may begin to observe more cervical mucus (though it will be opaque, sticky, and white/yellowish in color).
Ovulation Cycle – Day 8-11
As your eggs mature, estrogen production should now be at full speed! The increase in estrogen should change your cervical mucus – which is an important part of any online ovulation chart. At the same time, estrogen also supports the build-up of the endometrium (the lining of the womb), preparing your uterus for pregnancy. During these days in your ovulation calendar, your body temperature will stay low. The amount of cervical fluids may be increasing, though they may still be sticky and translucent.
Tips for Getting Pregnant: Use an Ovulation Microscope or Fertility Monitor
The increase of estrogen prior to your most fertile time is one way to test for ovulation. Both ovulation microscopes – such as Fertile Focus Ovulation Microscope – and fertility monitors (like the Clearblue Fertility Monitor I mentioned at the beginning of An Easy Day-by-Day Ovulation Chart to Help You Get Pregnant) can predict fertility by determining when estrogen increases in your system. An online ovulation chart can’t do this as well as a fertility microscope or monitor.
Ovulation Cycle – Day 11-13
If you have a 28-day cycle, you’re getting close to ovulation and are just entering your fertile window. Estrogen levels are high. You should start to see stronger “ferning patterns” in your ovulation microscope. Also, cervical mucus will start to become clear, stretchy, and slippery – and there will be more of it. At this point in your ovulation calendar, your fertility level is high even though ovulation may be more than a few days off. The reason you can still get pregnant is because sperm, under optimal conditions can survive a handful of days in your body. As estrogen is still the dominant hormone, your body temperature will remain low.
If you find this part of the ovulation chart confusing, read When Are You Most Fertile? 5 Signs of Ovulation. Those tips on getting pregnant are helpful, and less scientific.
Tips for Getting Pregnant: Urine Ovulation Tests
The Easy@Home 50 Ovulation Test Strips is an ovulation test that detects the surge in the hormone that causes ovulation itself. The hormone is called LH, or luteinizing hormone. A positive on an LH test tells you that you will likely ovulate within the next twelve to thirty-six hours, and that baby-making sex should commence over the next few days. This will help you get pregnant.
Ovulation Cycle – Day 13-14
In this part of your ovulation calendar, your estrogen levels are at their highest, which ultimately precipitates a boost in the hormone LH. This LH surge actually causes ovulation, the emergence of the egg from the ovarian follicle. By day 14, ovulation is about to – or already – taking place! You are at peak fertility. As the egg can only survive for twelve to twenty four hours, ensure that you can arrange a daily tryst with your husband in the days preceding (and the day of) ovulation. To be on the safe side, have sex the day after ovulation to help you get pregnant.
Tips for Getting Pregnant: Ovulation Pains
Some women experience midcycle pains, or ovulation pain, or “mittelschmerz”. These are physical symptoms that ovulation may be taking place. Not all women experience them, but if you are “lucky” enough to have mittelschmerz pains, then you know that you may be in the process of ovulating. Make a note of them on your fertility chart or online ovulation calendar.
Ovulation Cycle – Day 14-15
This is the phase in your online ovulation calendar that indications ovulation has just taken place! Now you wait for two weeks. With ovulation, estrogen levels drop sharply and your body moves from the cool phase to the hot phase (the luteal phase where progesterone calls the shots). After the egg emerges from the follicle, the follicle becomes a “corpus luteum” and starts producing progesterone – and your body starts to warm up. Now, within 24 hours, you can confirm that ovulation has taken place by seeing your basal body temperature rise (a bbt increase of typically 4/10ths to a full degree). The temperature rise should last through most of the remainder of your cycle. A few days before your period, if you are not pregnant, the corpus luteum will exhaust itself and progesterone levels will drop.
To learn more about online ovulation charts, read Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test vs. the Calendar Method.
Ovulation Cycle – Day 16-22
The corpus luteum continues to produce progesterone through the second half of your menstrual cycle (the luteal phase). Your basal body temperature remains high. A few days after ovulation, the amount of cervical mucus should decrease and you will see it become more cloudy, opaque. It will increasingly become more sticky. Conception must take place within 24 hours of ovulation or the egg will die. If the egg is fertilized, it begin the trip to the womb to implant. About a week after ovulation, progesterone levels are peaking as are your bbt temps.
Tips for Getting Pregnant: Implantation Bleeding
A handful of days after ovulation, women may experience implantation bleeding. Slight spotting may be experienced during this time when the fertilized egg implants in the uterine wall. This is called implantation and may be your first sign of pregnancy.
Ovulation Cycle – Day 23-27
Unless you get pregnant, the corpus luteum will begin to falter and you may see your bbt temps drop right at the end of your cycle. If, however, you are pregnant, the developing placenta will tell your body to keep pumping out the progesterone. That’s because once the embryo implants, it produces a special hormone called hCG. It’s the same hormone that your common home pregnancy test looks for. If pregnant, your bbt temps will stay high. If not, the basal temperature will begin to drop. (I bet you didn’t expect an online ovulation chart to give you this much detail and help getting pregnant!).
Tips for Getting Pregnant: Pregnancy Test
This is your number one early pregnancy symptom – a big fat positive on a home pregnancy test – such as the First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test. Then you’ll have no need for an ovulation chart. You’ll start using an online pregnancy tracker, instead. With an early detection pregnancy test, you can begin testing as early as 7-10 days past ovulation. Use your first pee in the morning when you do a pregnancy test, as it will contain the highest levels of the pregnancy hormone.
Ovulation Cycle – Day 28
If you have a 28 days cycle, this will be your last day of your ovulation cycle. Both estrogen and progesterone levels are low. If you are not pregnant, you can expect to have your period tomorrow (or Cycle Day 1 of your next cycle). If you are pregnant, your positive test line on your pregnancy test will be getting bolder and bolder….and maybe you’ll be pregnant this month! How exciting!
To learn what to do AFTER you get pregnant, read 10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy From a Nurse Midwife.
I welcome your thoughts on this day-by-day ovulation chart. I can’t offer fertility advice or health counseling – talk to your gynecologist or fertility doctor if you have questions or need help getting pregnant.