What’s the best way to track ovulation? And does it matter how you track ovulation?
Of course, it does!
Because time is precious when it comes to fertility and understanding your exact fertile days.
Now you probably think, yeah, that’s why I have an app, LH strips, the AVA bracelet or another fancy gadget.
What if I tell you that none of these will precisely determine what are your fertile days?
(Yes, even the AVA bracelet).
I have a very good friend who does charting and owns an AVA bracelet, she says that most of the time AVA doesn’t show ovulation right compared with her manual charting.
What Are Some Options For Tracking Ovulation
Let’s stop here for a minute and go over some of the most popular ways of tracking your fertile days and understand why they don’t work.
1. Ovulation Predictor App/Cycle APP
The problem with this app is that it assumes that a woman ovulates in the middle of her cycle.
So saying, if you have a 28-day cycle, it will show that you’ll ovulate on day 14.
However, you don’t have designated days for your ovulation. It fluctuates every cycle because every little bit (travel, sickness, food etc) affects your cycle.
2. LH Strips
The most popular way of tracking ovulation is LH strips that measure your luteinizing hormone released at ovulation.
The problem with this method is that those strips are so confusing.
I honestly never could understand when I actually ovulate because those lines always looked dark for me.
Plus sometimes LH strips show ovulation post factum, meaning after you ovulated.
For example, one of my good friends does both charting and LH strips and on one of her charts, you can clearly see that the strip showed the wrong day, because her temperature wasn’t even rising.
3. The AVA bracelet
A super expensive gadget that measures everything possible, you’d think.
Most of the time it shows close enough ovulation days if you actually ovulate.
What I mean is that even in its manual it mentions that the device isn’t suitable for those who don’t ovulate or have PCOS.
And it doesn’t measure one of the most important things – your cervical mucus, that is the best indicator of your fertile days.
So what’s the best and the most accurate way (and the least stressful) to track your ovulation?
Yes, it’s the old-fashioned charting, meaning the everyday measurement of your body basal temperature and cervical mucus.
I can hear you saying, but it’s too much work.
LH strips are too much work too, isn’t it?
With charting, you measure your temperature only once a day and you can check your cervical mucus every time you go to the bathroom, just from the view of it on your panties.
On top of it helps to understand your body, because just from the charts you can see not only your fertile days but also monitor your health and what effects it.
Pretty cool, huh?
If you want to gain control over your body and hormones, let’s talk.