This patient support community is for discussions relating to genetic testing, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), ovulation, pregnancy reduction post-IVF, relationship issues, and sperm count and quality.
If you are trying to conceive for less than one year, please visit our Pregnancy: Trying to Conceive (TTC) Community
Questions relating to the Ovulation Tracker (also known as the Ovulation Calendar)
How do I get a personalized ovulation tracker?
If you're a registered member of MedHelp, go to My MedHelp and click on the Trackers tab. There you'll see a list of available trackers, including the Ovulation Tracker. Click "Add Tracker". You'll then set up your ovulation tracker, run through a quick tutorial, and start tracking.
If you're not yet a member of MedHelp, you'll first need to Sign Up. Then you'll be able to go to My MedHelp and add this tracker.
I've been charting ovulation on another website and don't want to enter all my data again. Is there a way to import my data?
Yes, MedHelp can import your data for you. Send an email to import @ medhelp.org to get started. Please add the Ovulation Tracker if you haven't already done so.
I don't want other people to see my tracker. What do I do?
You can change the privacy setting of your tracker at any time by clicking "Tracker Settings" on your tracker page. You can change the privacy setting to Public, Private, or Friends Only.
The ovulation tracker doesn't track what I need. How do I get new values added to the tracker?
This is MedHelp's first tracker and there will be many improvements to it over the next few months. If you have suggestions, feel free to post it in the MedHelp Suggestions Community.
My friends are trying to conceive and would greatly benefit from ovulation tracking. How do I tell them about MedHelp's new tracker?
If you're logged into MedHelp, you can invite a friend from your home page. In your personal message to your friend, tell them why you think they should join. If they choose to become a member, you'll automatically be connected as friends.
How do I see historical data?
At the top of the tracker, you'll find a timeline with a slider. Click on the slider and drag it left and right. As you move, you'll see the start date displayed. When the start date is at your desired date, let go and the chart will update to start on that date.
How should I measure Basal Body Temperature (BBT)?
Basal Body Temperature (BBT) should be measured every day at the same time, after you wake up, but before you engage in any activity or get out of bed. A BBT thermometer works best and is available at drugstores and pharmacies. You can also use a digital thermometer, but not an ear thermometer.
What is cervical mucous and how is it measured?
Cervical mucous (or fluid) is the liquid that is produced by the cervix. The viscosity of this fluid changes as ovulation approaches. At the beginning of your cycle and after ovulation (non-fertile days), the cervical mucous is dry or sticky. As you approach ovulation, the mucous becomes creamy, then watery, and finally like eggwhites. "Creamy" cervical mucous may be white, yellow or beige and feels like lotion. When the cervical mucous is clear and watery, you're most likely fertile and when it can be stretched several inches between your fingers, this indicates your most fertile days.
What do the numbers below BBT mean?
These numbers count the days in your cycle. Cycle Day 1 is the first day of your period (excludes spotting). Each day it increments until your next period.
Why do some people have cycle days and some don't?
Since your cycle starts on the first day of your period, the tracker needs to have information on your last period. If you've entered data for menses in the tracker, then the tracker will start counting your cycle days. If your last period occurred before you started tracking, you can enter the date for your last period under "Tracker Settings".
What ovulation detection methods are available?
The Ovulation Tracker Overview covers the three methods available for detecting ovulation: FAM, OPK, and self-selected.
Some charts have vertical lines for ovulation. Why doesn't my chart?
First, check your tracker settings to ensure that the boxes for OPK, FAM, and Self-selected are checked. If you haven't checked one of these boxes, no lines will show up on your chart.
If all the boxes are checked indicating that ovulation detection is on, and there are still no vertical lines displayed, this means that we were not able to detect ovulation. In order for ovulation detection to occur, your BBT must adhere to the FAM rules, or your OPK tests must be positive. If your cycle meets neither of these conditions, you can still self-select your ovulation day.
In order to self-select your ovulation day, click on the chart area of the day that you believed that you ovulated. Check the box that says "Ovulation Day". A vertical line should then be displayed.
Where can I find Baby Dust notes?
Baby Dust notes are available only from the ovulation tracker. When you're viewing someone else's tracker, you can leave them a note directly on their tracker page. One of the options is a Baby Dust note. If your tracker's privacy setting is set to "Me Only", then you will not receive any Baby Dust notes since no one can view your tracker.
How can I write a memo to myself in the tracker?
Currently, you can use the journal feature to make public or private announcements. By default, it matches your tracker settings. If your tracker setting is public, your journals will be public by default. When you write the journal, you have the option of changing the privacy setting. In order to write a memo to yourself that you want to keep private, you can use the journal feature and set the privacy setting to nobody.
I took my temperature when I first woke up in the night and then again at my usual wake-up time. Which temperature should I use?
In general, you should use the temperature from your regular wake-up time. If you get up in the night for any reason and you know that you will go back to sleep and wake again at your usual wake-up time, resist the urge to take your temperature. Taking your temperature more than once usually just leads to confusion and will often make you lose more sleep.
If you are not sure that you will be able to go back to sleep, you can take your temperature, but only use it on your chart if you are not able to go back to sleep. Always enter any special circumstances in the notes section of your chart so that you will remember what conditions might be affecting a temperature reading.
If you have learned through charting over several cycles that you are more likely to get an accurate reading after your longest resting time, rather than by taking your temperature at the same time, (when it is not possible to do both) then you can use the temperature that was taken after the longest sleep period. Over time (if necessary) you will learn the way your own temperature reacts to changes in waking and sleeping times.