Pregnancy - identifying fertile days
Many couples spend so much time preventing an unplanned pregnancy that they assume that when they are ready for a family all they have to do is stop using birth control. Getting pregnant is not always that fast -- it can take up to a year or longer -- nor is it automatic.
Many couples today plan intercourse around days 11-14 of the woman's 28-day cycle. If a woman has irregular cycles and is not sure when she ovulates, she can buy an ovulation predictor kit at a pharmacy. These kits test LH (leutenizing hormone) in the urine and are very accurate.
If you are willing to take some extra steps, you can monitor two body functions to pinpoint your most fertile times, maximizing your chances of getting pregnant: changes in body temperature and the consistency of your cervical fluid.