Many women in New Zealand actively monitor ovulation, but their fertility knowledge is still poor — particularly their ability to correctly identify their fertile window.
That’s the conclusion of a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology by a group of researchers from Otago University.
Ovulation monitoring is common, but fertility knowledge is poor
The study confirmed the researchers’ assumption that ovulation monitoring is common. Almost a third (31.4%) of the 1034 study participants had monitored their ovulation at some point in their lives.
However, the large majority of the women — including those who had actively monitored their ovulation — still failed to correctly identify their fertile window (the few days during the menstrual cycle when conception is possible).
Those who had monitored ovulation did a little better on average. Nevertheless, only 18% of the women in this group correctly identified the fertile window, compared to 13% of those who had never tracked ovulation.
The researchers concluded that the poor level of fertility knowledge needs to be addressed:
“… many women, including those who had monitored their ovulation, had poor fertility knowledge and failed to identify the fertile window. Poor fertility knowledge needs to be addressed, especially among women intending to conceive.”
How to correctly identify your fertile window
Whether you live in New Zealand or not, how confident are you in your own fertility knowledge? Are you able to correctly identify your fertile window, pinpoint your ovulation day, and time intercourse in order to give yourself the best possible chances of getting pregnant?
If you think a little refresher might be useful, here are some suggestions for further reading:
- When is ovulation? In this article, we review the key methods for identifying your fertile window and your ovulation day, including how to use ovulation tests, how to observe your cervical mucus, and how to chart your basal body temperature.
- How to get pregnant fast with irregular periods. Identifying your fertile window is a lot trickier if your cycles are irregular, but it’s not impossible. Follow our guide.
- Dive deeper. Would you like to take your fertility knowledge to the next level? Check out our reading recommendations.