If you’re trying to get pregnant, you’re probably wondering if you’re fertile. Before you overthink yourself into an anxiety attack, read through this list.
You Have a Predictable Period
If you have a reliable period that shows up every 25 to 35-days, you can consider yourself fertile. It’s an indicator that your ovulating every month and suitable for motherhood.
Longer cycles mean that you have strong ovarian reserves with plenty of eggs. It’s important to note that this situation refers to a natural menstrual cycle, and not one that’s regulated by birth-control medication.
You Get PMS Symptoms
We all know that there is nothing funny about PMS. The headaches, cramps, and irritability are all frustrating to deal with at the time, but they’re a good sign that you’re fertile. A clockwork period and PMS symptoms like bloating, tender breasts, and cramps are all signs of ovulatory cycles.
Typically, these symptoms are what you want to see if you’re trying to conceive. The next time you’re dealing with the effects of PMS, note the signs you experience and compare them month-to-month.
You Present Plenty of Clear Discharge
Typically, women are most fertile when they are around mid-way through their monthly cycle. During the mid-point, you might notice your vagina presents a thin, clear discharge with no odor.
This discharge serves as a facilitator for transporting sperm to the cervix for conception. This discharge is a sign of strong estrogen production, as well as the healthy function of the cervical gland.
Both issues are critically important when trying to conceive, so consider that discharge a sign to try for conception.
You Have an Average Flow
Every woman’s period is different in terms of flow, duration, consistency, and strength. Some women get heavy flows, while others barely experience a trickle. There is no guideline saying one type is better than the other when it comes to fertility.
However, having an average flow that’s consistent month-to-month, is a sign the uterus is producing a substantial lining and shedding it each month. If you have any concerns about your flow or start experiencing severe changes to the consistency and duration of your period – speak to your doctor for advice. If you’re trying to get pregnant, your doctor may refer you to fertility specialists for further testing and analysis of your situation.
Your Hormone Profile Seems Balanced
Your hormone profile plays a significant role in your fertility. If you find that you have a controlled, even level of mood throughout the month, it’s a sign of emotional stability from a good hormone balance.
If you start experiencing hot flashes and night sweats, it’s a sign of changes occurring in your hormone profile. Make an appointment with your doctor for a bloodwork test. However, if you never experience any of these symptoms, then it’s a sign of stable hormone production.
You Have a Healthy Pelvis
Your pelvic health is important o give you the best chances of conception. Pelvic or menstrual pains are signs of underlying health issues, from muscular imbalances to life-threatening problems like endometriosis.
Arrange a checkup with your doctor, and search online for ways to strengthen your pelvic floor. Doing a few sets of Kegels throughout the day is a great way to build strength in your pelvic floor and improve your chances of conception.
What are Fertility Testing Kits?
You can check your fertility at home before you go to the doctor’s office. Pick up a test for you and your partner online for a few dollars. Fertility tests look for specific hormones to determine your fertility levels.
- FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone)
- Ovulation test (luteinizing hormone)
- Pregnancy test (human chorionic gonadotropin hormone)
The test is by no means definitive, as there are plenty of other contributing factors to your fertility other than your hormones. However, they do give you an excellent benchmark to understand if you are a candidate for natural conception or fertility-assisted treatment to help you conceive.