Getting Started With Ova Ova
Welcome to Ova Ova’s Education Center. Within these pages you’ll learn all you need to know to start practicing the Fertility Awareness Method.
I’ll never forget the feeling I had after I first learned the Fertility Awareness Method. It felt like I had unearthed an unspoken and powerful secret about my body. This information not only gave me a unique window into my personal health, but gave me the privilege of understanding one of the key aspects of being a woman.
Whether you are trying to get pregnant or are searching for a natural alternative to birth control, we hope that you find this information empowering and invaluable in achieving your goals.
- Amanda, Founder
A very brief overview of Fertility Awareness
A woman is only able to get pregnant for a few days out of each cycle, around the time of ovulation (when an egg is released from your ovary). The main purpose of the Fertility Awareness Method is to learn how to identify these fertile days.
Despite the commonly discussed 28 day cycle where ovulation occurs on day 14, the truth is that the actual time of ovulation varies from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle. Luckily, there are two easy-to-observe outward signs that all women can learn to identify – waking body temperature and cervical fluid – that provide you a daily view into your fertility status. By observing these two signs, and recording the findings with Ova Ova each day, we will automatically apply the rules of the Fertility Awareness Method to give you an accurate picture of your fertility.
What You’ll Learn
Within the four short articles listed below, we will provide you all the information you’ll need to start accurately observing and recording your fertility signs. If you’re interested in learning more … great! We have several additional topics that you might find informative within the education center, but here are the fundamentals:
- Cervical Fluid 101
- How to Observe Cervical Fluid
- Basal Body Temperature
- How to Use Ova Ova’s Charts
When to start charting
The best day to start charting is on the first day of your cycle. When is this? The first day of your cycle is the first day of your period. By starting on day 1 of your cycle, this will give you a chance to buy a basal body thermometer, get off your birth control pill (if applicable), and learn all you’ll need to know to practice this method.
If you are already familiar with fertility charting, or are excited to get started right away, you can start a chart in the middle of a cycle by estimating when your cycle day 1 occurred. Just know that depending on how far along you are in your cycle, Ova Ova may or may not be able to pinpoint when you ovulated during this first cycle.
Here’s an example of an in-progress fertility chart. All you need to know to understand how to read this chart is that
The following is an example of a completed chart. The bulls-eye indicates the date of ovulation, which occurred on day 18 of her cycle (January 10th). The hearts on the chart represent unprotected sex, so you can see that this user was attempting to achieve a pregnancy by having unprotected sex during her fertile days.
We know that anytime you learn something new it can be intimidating. Especially learning about something as important as how to practice natural birth control or how to achieve a pregnancy. We have made fertility as easy as possible by applying all the complex rules of the Fertility Awareness Method for you, so you don’t have to.
With just a little effort you will find charting to be easy, empowering and completely natural.
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