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Anyone hoping to conceive a baby and trying to find out a little more about how to get pregnant is sure to hear about one thing ovulation.

It is really important to know when you ovulate so that you can increase your chances of conceiving as soon as you possibly can, you will hear. Should you really monitor your fertile days? Read on to explore reasons to not track your ovulation, for a change. 

Tracking ovulation and pregnancy odds

The reason to track your ovulation is said to be the idea that it will boost your chances of getting pregnant. Ovulation itself lasts 24 hours, after which the released egg perishes and gets reabsorbed into the body. Because sperm can survive inside a woman's body for around five days, the actual fertile window lasts approximately six days.

The window doesn't last very long, ovulation-tracking fans argue, and you should do everything in your power to catch it. Six days is actually a pretty sizable portion of the menstrual cycle, when you think about it the average cycle lasts 28 days, around three to six of which make up menstruation. Since you are very, very unlikely to experience ovulation while you still notice menstrual flow, you can safely discount these days as fertile if you are trying to get pregnant (those avoiding pregnancy should take a different approach, because there is a very small chance).

Does knowing when you ovulate increase your odds of getting pregnant, then? Yes, if you are part of a couple that spends a lot of time apart, and you want to plan your encounters around the time of your ovulation. In that case, you will benefit more from long-term ovulation tracking methods such as fertility charting using basal body temperature (BBT) than from ovulation predictor kits. The same goes for couples who are not into having sex all that often. For them, a positive ovulation test could really help achieve pregnancy. If you are, on the other hand, part of a couple that has a great sex life and does the deed regularly, like every two or three days, you can count on your fertile period being covered. Ovulation monitoring would only cost you time and money in that case.

Your sex life and your relationship

As the mom of two kids, I know that trying to conceive that first baby is very, very exciting. You want to do everything to get pregnant as soon as you can, and ovulation tracking may be a great way to make you feel proactive about the whole venture. There is one problem both your partner and you may feel under pressure to make a baby right that time. Your sex life suffers, and your relationship may too. Once you have been trying to conceive for a few months, "ovulation sex" may feel boring, mechanical, and stressful. That does not hold true for every couple, but if it sounds familiar to you take a break from watching your fertile days.

Ovulation monitoring can even be intimidating to men, and their pressure to provide that "winning shot" may cause tensions between you two. Some men are quite apprehensive about trying to conceive, even if they would love to have a family and love you! Concentrating on your relationship and your life together, and making time for regular sex that feels more like fun than like a job will, in most cases, get you pregnant very quickly. Not being stressed out may not increase your chances of conceiving, but it will definitely make you and your partner feel better! We love to hear from readers!

Are you trying to conceive or thinking about it? What do you think about ovulation tests and calendars? Do they help you plan and to feel proactive in your journey to parenthood, or do they stress you out? What do men really think about ovulation predictor kits? Whatever your views, feel free to share them below!

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