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Plan B stops ovulation, so this month was blown. You are figuring too long a fertile period. If you ovulate on say the 11th, you have to have sex a short time before, sperm doesn't live all that long. And you're only fertile for up to 3 days after. I would say no more then from the 10-14. And that is pushing it.
Not sure why you thought to take Plan b but it will likely mess your cycle up for several months. Watching the calendar for fertility days is helpful but by itself will take a longer time to get you pregnant. Do you know how to check your cervical mucus? This is a much better indicator of fertility. Used along with the calendar and if you are fertile, it shouldnt take too long to get pregnant. This method involves being aware of the changes in your cervical mucus throughout the month. The hormones that control the menstrual cycle also change the kind and amount of mucus you have before and during ovulation. Right after your period, there are usually a few days when there is no mucus present or "dry days." As the egg starts to mature, mucus increases in the vagina, appears at the vaginal opening, and is white or yellow and cloudy and sticky. The greatest amount of mucus appears just before ovulation.
During these "wet days" it becomes clear and slippery, like raw egg whites. Sometimes it can be stretched apart. This is when you are most fertile. About four days after the wet days begin the mucus changes again. There will be much less and it becomes sticky and cloudy. You might have a few more dry days before your period returns. Describe changes in your mucus on a calendar. Label the days, "Sticky," "Dry," or "Wet." You are most fertile at the first sign of wetness after your period or a day or two before wetness begins. Be sure to have intercourse on the days when the mucus looks like raw egg whites. Most women are only fertile for about 3-4 days a month so it is a matter of timing things just right. Using both the calendar AND the cervical mucus method will greatly increase your chances of success. Some women find it helpful to also check their basal temperature. Basal body temperature is your temperature at rest as soon as you awake in the morning. A woman's basal body temperature rises slightly with ovulation. So by recording this temperature daily for several months, you'll be able to predict your most fertile days. Basal body temperature differs slightly from woman to woman. Anywhere from 96 to 98 degrees Fahrenheit orally is average before ovulation. After ovulation most women have an oral temperature between 97 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit. The rise in temperature can be a sudden jump or a gradual climb over a few days. Usually a woman's basal body temperature rises by only 0.4 to 0.8 degrees Fahrenheit. To detect this tiny change, women must use a basal body thermometer. These thermometers are very sensitive. Most pharmacies sell them for about $10. The rise in temperature doesn't show exactly when the egg is released. But almost all women have ovulated within three days after their temperatures spike. Body temperature stays at the higher level until your period starts.
You are most fertile and most likely to get pregnant:
Two to three days before your temperature hits the highest point (ovulation), and
12 to 24 hours after ovulation.
A man's sperm can live for up to three days in a woman's body. The sperm can fertilize an egg at any point during that time. So if you have unprotected sex a few days before ovulation there is a chance of becoming pregnant.
Many things can affect basal body temperature. To get the most useful chart you should take your temperature every morning at about the same time. Things that can alter your temperature include:
Drinking alcohol the night before
Smoking cigarettes the night before
Getting a poor night's sleep
Having a fever
Doing anything in the morning before you take your temperature -- including going to the bathroom and talking on the phone Get yourself a calendar with large blocks for each day so you can record your temperature AND your cervical mucus. This along with the calendar method should have you pregnant as quick as possible! I'm also going to add the best way to plot on the calendar how to figure you fertile days.
This involves recording your menstrual cycle on a calendar for eight to 12 months. The first day of your period is Day 1. Circle Day 1 on the calendar. The length of your cycle may vary from month to month. So write down the total number of days it lasts each time. Using this record, you can find the days you are most fertile in the months ahead:
To find out the first day when you are most fertile, subtract 18 from the total number of days in your shortest cycle. Take this new number and count ahead that many days from the first day of your next period. Draw an X through this date on your calendar. The X marks the first day you're likely to be fertile.
To find out the last day when you are most fertile, subtract 11 from the total number of days in your longest cycle. Take this new number and count ahead that many days from the first day of your next period. Draw an X through this date on your calendar. The time between the two Xs is your most fertile window.
This method always should be used along with other fertility awareness methods, especially if your cycles are not always the same length.
Dont forget that fertility isnt just the woman. Be sure that your man has viable sperm or all the fertility monitoring in the world will not help you. Has your man had a sperm count and had a check to be sure he has viable sperm? Also, it is better for a man to wear boxers rather than briefs when you are trying to conceive. The sperm need a bit cooler environment so your man will want to keep the testes (balls) away from his body heat and boxers allow them to "hang" a little more freely. This slight temperature difference can mean the difference between good viable sperm and infertility!
Good luck most of all. Pregnancy is sometimes luck and timing! I hope using these methods you will be holding your little bundle by next year!
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