Counting Days to Track Ovulation

Counting Days

Generally there are three different ways you can track your ovulation cycle, and the easiest way of them all is counting days. When you begin to count your days, you will also begin to see a trend in the way your body goes through its natural cycles.

When to Start Tracking

The first day of a woman’s period is EXACTLY 14 days after your ovulation cycle, regardless of your ethnicity. The number of days between ovulation and the start of a woman’s period is pretty consistent among all women. However, the number of days between the start of the period and the next ovulation cycle varies among all women every month. So, you should start marking your calendar on the day your period starts for at least three months. Count backwards 14 days from the day you start your period, and mark your calendar for the day that you ovulated. You should be able to see a trend by then regarding how many days it takes between when you start your period and when you are ovulating. It’s a known fact that sex every other day during the ovulation period increases your chances of becoming pregnant.

Who Should Count Days

This method is very effective on women who have a pretty consistent cycle. Women whose cycles aren’t regular are more likely receive unreliable information with counting days.

[Page updated March 2015]