Cycle tracking

Tracking your cycle

It’s very important to understand your fertile window, and whether your periods are regular or infrequent. For many women, having spent many years trying not to fall pregnant, it can be difficult to know where to start when you decide to reverse all that. Especially if you’ve been on the pill, I understand that you may need some advice on where to start.

You can try keeping track of your cycles yourself. Record your first day of bleeding – this is your day one – and how many days there are until your next period starts – your cycle length. A typical cycle is about 28 days, but can vary quite a lot. Make note of this information – it will be helpful for me.

A period calculator can help you manage your cycles. There are some good apps you can use to help guide you, but it’s not essential to use these.

Ovulation tests are also helpful to let me know which day of your cycle you ovulate, which may vary slightly from month to month. Urine tests which monitor luteinising hormone (LH) are good ways to determine when this is, and much more reliable than the saliva tests available. There are different brands of urine tests out there – be mindful that very cheap ones may not be as effective.

Working out when you ovulate is very important, and I can help you do this if need be. Once we understand that, we can calculate the best time in your cycle to have intercourse. I have seen how couples trying to conceive for a long time often find it difficult to have sex day after day. Narrowing down the days when you need to try can help you mentally and emotionally.

If your cycle is irregular, we may need to consider medication to help you get back on track, or further fertility tests.