How To Tell If You’re Ovulating – And What To Do If You’re Not

How To Tell If You’re Ovulating – And What To Do If You’re Not

October 29, 2019 39 By William Morgan


– Are you someone on your fertility journey
and you’re wondering what you can do to help
yourself get pregnant?
Well, today I’m gonna share with you the number
one thing you need to know about your body
when you’re trying to conceive, which is:
Are you ovulating?
How to tell?
We’re gonna go over all the signs and all
the different ways and tools that you can
find out whether or not you’re ovulating.
And then if you happen to not be, what you
can do about it naturally.
All right so let’s go ahead and jump right
in.
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So in today’s video, we’re gonna talk about
ovulation.
So the first place I wanna start is give you
an overview of how and when ovulation is generally
occurring in your monthly cycle.
So we’re gonna talk textbook.
Everyone’s different, I’m not expecting you
to have a perfect 28-day cycle.
We’re just gonna talk about it this way for
simplicity.
So generally, a woman will have 28-day cycle.
Within that cycle, a lot of different things
are gonna be happening and these are all things
that are stimulated by different hormonal
balances and different hormonal levels within
the body.
So the beginning of the cycle starts right
after your period has ended and your body
is starting to build the lining of your uterus,
and this is when estrogen tends to be dominant,
and this is helping to build the lining of
the uterus as well as help to mature and stimulate
an egg to mature enough a follicle, so it’s
going to ovulate.
So around day 12, the body will generally
ovulate this egg.
Everyone’s different but this is kinda textbook.
So generally what will happen is at that time,
your temperature will take big drop and then
it will rise because progesterone is then
stimulated to help to maintain that uterine
lining that your body just built, and help
the egg which will then go on and get fertilized
and move through the fallopian tube into the
uterus and implant over that period of time,
the second part of your cycle which is the
luteal phase, which generally needs to be
about 12 days long or more in order for there
to be enough time for implantation.
So if that doesn’t happen, then your period
is stimulated and the lining of the uterus
will be shed.
Very simplified version of a lot of amazing
things happening within your body.
So during that period of time, around ovulation,
there’s about six days when you can get pregnant.
There’s a certain amount of time beforehand
that sperm can actually live for a while in
your body, time for it to travel and meet
that egg, as well as after ovulation.
So there’s about a six day window of time
that you can conceive.
So it’s really important to know when you’re
ovulating because not everyone’s on day 12.
Some people have 40-day cycles, 50-day cycles.
Some people ovulate a bit earlier or later
in their cycle.
So it’s really important to know when you’re
ovulating, so that you can maximize your chances.
A lot of people that we work with, they just
need a little bit of tweaking with this and
understanding their bodies, and then they’re
able to conceive.
So here are some different ways that you can
tell if you’re ovulating.
Okay, so OPK testing.
This one’s really popular, this is inexpensive.
This is a test strip that you use that’s going
to measure compounds found in your body that
are going to be higher right before ovulation.
So OPK test strips, some people, they look
just like pregnancy test strips.
The line will appear.
The thing with it though is the line does
need to be darker than the test line.
You know how there’s just a line that it comes
with it so that you can compare, unlike pregnancy
test.
Pregnancy test can be very light, very dark,
all of those are positive.
When it comes to OPK test, you want that line
that was created from measuring your own urine
to be darker than the test strip.
The thing that’s very frustrating with OPK
test is like, “Is it dark enough?
“Is that a line?”
And then you need so many of them.
A good solution to that would be using some
type of fertility monitor that uses OPK technology
but has a machine to decide for the results
for you.
So Clearblue Easy is an example of that.
I really like those.
They just make it easy and they also will
keep track of your results over time.
So that’s an alternative but then, you know,
that’s more expensive than OPK tests are.
Another option which is free and fabulous
because you’re gonna learn so much about your
body is basal body temperature charting.
So you can download a free chart online, you
can use apps on your phone but basically what
you do is at the same time, every single day,
you take your temperature and you write down
your temperature, as well as some other signs
of ovulation, which we’ll talk about in just
a minute.
And over time, you’re gonna begin to see a
pattern, you’re gonna be able to see temperature,
temperature, temperature, dip, rise.
And that’s when you’ve ovulated.
So, very helpful, the only problem is that
once you see that drop and you’re able to
record it, you kinda ovulated already.
But over time, you will know when you’re gonna
be ovulating, you’d be like, “Oh I ovulate
on day 13 pretty consistently.
“That’s awesome.”
And then you see that rise, and then you can
see if that rise stays up, then that means
your progesterone levels generally are healthy.
There’s so many other things you can tell
from fertility charting beyond ovulation,
I think it’s really, really helpful.
You can tell if there might be some type of
thyroid issue.
You can tell if there might be some type of
progesterone deficiency or luteal phase defect,
when the period of time after ovulation is
not long enough for implantation.
Those are such important things that you can
know about your body and that you can actually
really help through diet, lifestyle changes,
herbs and supplements.
So fertility charting is absolutely awesome.
It’s one of the best self-help fertility tools
ever and it’s free.
Okay, you can tell I’m passionate about that.
So in addition to basal body temperature,
charting, there’s also cervical mucus that
occurs.
You’ll notice this will occur when you’re
actually sort of getting a little frisky,
and you’re body’s preparing for ovulation.
There’s a lot of different signs.
You’ll begin being more attracted to your
mate, you’ll begin noticing the scent of men.
There’s all kinds of things that happen during
that time and cervical mucus will also change.
And you can learn more about cervical mucus
online.
There’s tons of websites that have different
pictures of consistencies.
But basically that egg white texture when
you crack open an egg, the clear part, that’s
going to be the most, that’s gonna look very
similar to when you’re almost fertile.
I don’t like to use cervical mucus as the
only tool and we’ll talk a little bit more
about that but it definitely is a good one.
But you can get cervical mucus and not be
ovulating.
So that’s the only kinda negative about that.
There’s a lot of apps that help with this.
If you don’t wanna use a chart, you can also
download some apps on your phone to keep track
of your temperature as well.
You can also get scans by doctor who’s really
gonna be doing that unless they’re going the
preparing for an IUI, or Clomid or anything
like that.
But that’s another way that your doctor will
be able to tell if you’re about to ovulate.
They can help monitor you through scanning.
Okay, so here’s some other body signs of ovulation
that I talked about.
So increase in libido.
You’ll start noticing you’re much friskier.
You’re like, “Hey, what’s going on?”
Whereas like a week ago you could care less.
There’s also more fullness on your labia.
Your vagina starts to feel different, you
start swelling.
You might feel lower abdomen twinges or pain,
and this is sometimes, people think this is
from ovulating.
They can sometimes be actually quite painful
like a menstrual cycle.
There can be lower abdominal pressure mid
cycle.
Also the changes in the cervical mucus.
So my biggest tip is to use a lot of these
different things together.
So when you’re fertility charting on a chart,
there’s generally a place for your temperature.
Definitely do that in one form or another.
There’s a place to chart what your cervical
mucus is like and also your mood.
Are you feeling frisky?
How are you feeling?
All of those different things.
You can start noticing changes in your cycle
and signs that will help show you.
So, say, you’ve been charting and you had
not had that drop and rise.
You’ve actually realized your temperature
might be quite low, there might be some type
of hypothyroidism going on or your cycle is
very long, it’s 40 something days and there’s
no ovulation occurring and so on.
So you’ve use some tools to determine that
you’re not ovulating.
What do you do?
So I’m gonna go into some solutions and how
we got our clients we’ve been working with,
couples for over 12 years, mostly women.
And this is where we start.
This is exact same thing that we tell them.
So the first place is you definitely want
to focus on foundation, on foundational health.
I have a free course that you can watch that
I’ll go into each of these steps in much more
depth, it’s called the Fertility Foundation
Course, it’s totally free.
You can sign up for it below.
I’ll put the link down there.
But the first thing to do is to follow a fertility
diet.
Making nutritional changes is going to have
huge impact.
You have to make sure you were not experiencing
nutritional deficiencies.
You would be surprised, this day and age,
we are definitely experiencing nutritional
deficiencies.
So, for instance, if you are anemic, low in
iron, that could cause you to not ovulate.
If you’re not eating enough vitamin C for
iron to be absorbed, if your B12 is low.
There’s all kinds of different reasons that
you could possibly not be ovulating due to
nutritional deficiencies or poor diet.
I have a lot of videos on that.
You can learn a lot more on how it specifically
affects fertility, but you wanna take care
of any type of nutritional deficiency.
Another good step is to start taking a whole
food multivitamin or prenatal.
This is also gonna help with any of those
underlying nutritional deficiencies and help
gap, some of that, a little bit of that nutrition
but diet is definitely first and foremost.
The next is to start increasing circulation
to the reproductive system.
There’s a couple different ways you can do
that.
The first and most effective way, I believe,
is through self fertility massage.
This is a self-care technique that I designed
that you do for yourself, that will help increase
circulation to the reproductive system.
You can watch a video, a clip of the program
below.
I’ll link to it right here.
Also, castor oil packs help.
These help wonderfully with detoxification
and increasing circulation to the reproductive
system.
Daily exercise, walking, running, biking,
whatever it is you like to do, hiphop.
I’ve been trying to find a hiphop class here
and it’s been very hard.
All adult classes are about exercise and abs
and cardio, and I’m like, “I wanna do a hiphop
class.”
Anyways, so daily exercise, fertility yoga
is also wonderful to help to increase circulation
to reproductive system, and some acupuncture,
and we’ll talk a little bit more about that.
But a lot of these other things can be done
for you and done for yourself in the comfort
of your home.
They need to be done consistently though.
The next is to use herbs.
So there are herbs that can help to support
ovulation depending on why you’re not ovulating.
So I’ll list some herbs here, and I’ll link
below videos to each of them because there’s
so much amazing information about them, I
can’t go into each one here.
But they each have a different purpose and
will help support your body based on different
issues with why you’re not ovulating.
So what you can do is if you find that you’re
not ovulating, there’s gonna be other signs
that your body is showing you that can help
direct you into what direction you need to
go or why you might not ovulating.
Women with PCOS are not ovulating because
they’re experiencing PCOS and hormonal issues
with that.
So what you’re gonna do for that, which, you
know, diet plays a major part and some herbs,
is gonna be very different than if you’re
someone who has a very short cycle or a very
scanty cycle due to being underweight.
So there’s a lot of different things that
are going on.
But here are some of the main herbs that we
like to turn to to help support ovulation.
Vitex is fabulous, maca, tribulus, saw palmetto
and shatavari.
So I’ll put more details in the notes below
so you can learn more about each of these
herbs but they each have a different approach.
So don’t just take all of ’em.
The next is to help to reduce stress.
You know stress can have an effect.
If you’ve been through something really stressful
in your life, did you ever notice it actually
affected the length of your cycle?
Or your period?
Maybe you missed a period?
Stress can have an effect because it increases
prolactin and cortisol within our bodies,
which are hormones and can completely put
everything out of whack.
That’s the short simplified story of that
but stress can definitely have an effect.
And learning to manage stress is going to
be pretty important.
Stress isn’t going away but how it impacts
your health and your body and how you react
to it can completely be managed through practice,
and lots of tools.
We offer tons of tools on our website.
There’s also, if you are experiencing fertility
issues, you need to address those and not
just focus on ovulation, not just focus on
lack of ovulation.
So a lot of people come to us and say, “I’m
not ovulating, what herb should I take?”
Well, after talking with them and they’ve
a consultation with this and we’re able to
see their whole health history.
We’re like, “Oh, you actually have like three
“different health issues, like PCOS “and hypothyroidism
and all these hormonal imbalances.”
So we need to actually just take a step back,
look at the bigger picture and address those
issues from a bigger picture and then ovulation
will occur.
We’re not gonna just focus on trying to force
ovulation or stimulate ovulation.
That is the end result of all these other
things going on with the body.
That is what’s so amazing about natural health
and can be a little frustrating ’cause it
takes time.
But you help the whole system, so the system
is able to function, and then these normal
things will return, these signs of health
and function return.
The next is if you stop birth control, if
you just quit birth control recently, it can
take a little bit of time for ovulation to
get on track.
Also, if you’re breastfeeding, you have generally
higher prolactin and that’s gonna definitely
affect your ovulation.
The other is any type of hormonal imbalance
that may be occurring.
So there are steps that you can take for each
and every single one of those.
So what to do now?
You can work with us in a couple different
ways.
Definitely, next step is the Foundational
Fertility Course, so you can learn about diet,
herbs, supplements, all those things.
So you make sure your nutritional deficiencies
in your base line is taken care of.
If you have been trying to conceive a little
while and it hasn’t been happening for you
or you do have a known fertility issue, you
can work with us.
We do consultations where we help, guide and
empower you and give you information that’s
specific to what has been going on with you.
We have thousands of pages of free information
on our website but that’s overwhelming if
you’re trying to figure out your specific
thing.
What we tend to find is someone will come
to us and they’re taking 15 different supplements,
and we’re like, “Oh wait, no.
“For your specific situation you need these
five, “you need these four.
“Here’s the specific steps and the way “you
need to make changes in your diet.”
So we can help really simplify this for you.
Also, if you have any other questions, you
can put them in the comments below.
You can also email us at any time.
We’re very dedicated to helping you, this
is a passion of ours.
Let me know on the comments below if you found
this video helpful.
I hope you did.
And I’ll talk to you again soon.
Thanks guys, bye.