July 28, 2014
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Your Fertile Days

Do you know that you only have a 12- to 48-hour window to get pregnant each menstrual cycle? But don't fret! Thankfully, while having intercourse the day before and the day of ovulation gives you the best chance of getting pregnant, you can get pregnant by having intercourse up to five days BEFORE you ovulate and up to 1 day AFTER you ovulate - a whopping 7 days for you to have intercourse with the possibility of getting pregnant! Yippie!

Why? Because its possible for your partner's sperm to live in your body, waiting patiently for your egg to be released, for up to 5 days and your egg can be fertilized for 24 hours after it is released!

Make FertilityGal your best girlfriend during your baby-making time, and you'll be sure to get pregnant fast! FertilityGal is your one-stop resource for all the tools you'll need, and the best part is that its 100% free!

Your Free FertilityGal Ovulation Calendar will show you exactly when you should do the baby-dance to maximize your chance of conceiving, and will also show you the days in which you have the highest chance of conceiving a boy or a girl (if you so care to try). Your Free FertilityGal Basel Body Temperature (BBT) and Symptoms Chart will help you make sure you are ovulating and help you to really understand your menstrual cycles. And as if that isn't enough, the FertilityGal Pregnancy and TTC/Difficulty Conceiving message boards will give you a great place to meet other women who are TTC (Trying to Conceive), get your questions answered and fulfill your burning desire to help other women.

Your Free FertilityGal Ovulation Calendar

Your FertilityGal Ovulation Calendar

Your Free FertilityGal ovulation calendar (see image at left) will help you get pregnant faster by showing you your 7 fertile days within your current menstrual cycle. It also lets you record intercourse so you know you are maximizing your fertile days.

Want a girl? Dr. Shettles says you can maximize your chances of conceiving a girl by having intercourse during your first 3 fertile days, and then abstain during your cycle's remaining fertile days. Just look for the fertile days that have pink hearts on your FertilityGal calendar.

If a boy is more your speed, Dr. Shettles says you should abstain from intercourse during your first 3 fertile days and then have intercourse on your remaining 4 fertile days. Just look for the fertile days that have blue hearts on your FertilityGal calendar.

And wait, it gets better! Your FertilityGal calendar will forecast a year of your future menstrual cycles so you can plan accordingly. Your forecasted periods are indicated with a light pink tear. Just click on the next and previous month names within the header of your FertilityGal calendar to view a different month.

Setting up your FertilityGal Calendar

Initially, your forecasted menstrual cycles are based on your last known menstrual period, the menstrual cycle length, period length and the luteal phase length you gave when you registered with FertilityGal.

The number of days your calendar indicates you are menstruating (pink days) is taken from the Period Length in your FertilityGal profile. You can change your Period Length at any time and your past and future menstrual cycles will show the new number of pink days.

The number of days your calendar shows between your periods is taken from the Menstrual Cycle Length in your FertilityGal profile. You can change your Menstrual Cycle Length in your FertilityGal profile at any time and your future menstrual cycles will show the new number of cycle days. Your past menstrual cycles will not be affected by the change you make.

Your ovulation day and the fertile days your calendar shows within each cycle are based on the Luteal Phase Length (also known as days past ovulation or DPO) in your FertilityGal profile. Most women's Luteal Phase is 14 days, meaning that most women ovulate 14 days before their next period is expected (and are therefore fertile 19 days before their next through 13 days before their next period). Your Luteal Phase can be more or less, though it should be pretty consistent each and every cycle. You can change your Luteal Phase Length at any time in your FertilityGal profile and your past and future menstrual cycles will show the correct ovulation and fertile days.

Determining your Ovulation Day

While most women ovulate 14 days before their expected next period, you might not. To determine the number of days between your ovulation and the start of your next period, you can take your temperature each morning, and chart it on your free FertilityGal Basel Body Temperature (BBT) and Symptoms chart. To see why charting your BBT will show you your ovulation date, visit our Charting Your BBT section.

Using your Free FertilityGal Ovulation Calendar

Your FertilityGal Ovulation Calendar

You can click on any day within any month to see where the day falls within your cycle, and to record the start of your period, intercourse or a doctor's appointment.

Simply click on the appropriate calendar day, then click on the appropriate event in the "Record an Event" section to the right of your calendar (see image at right). Your recorded periods are shown with dark pink tears, and your recorded intercourse will be shown with a dark pink heart, if your chances of conceiving a girl are higher as a result of intercourse on that day, or a dark blue heart if your chances of conceiving a boy are higher as a result of intercourse on that day.

Your FertilityGal Ovulation Calendar

To view or print a list of your recorded calendar events, or to remove or change a previously recorded calendar event, click on the "View or Change my Events" link located in the My Fertility Calendar section at the top of your calendar page (see image at left), or within the "Record an Event" section to the right of your calendar (see image above).

When you click on one of the "View or Change my Events" links, you'll be taken to a page that lists your calendar events in a list with an edit and delete button next to each event (see image below).

Editing or Deleting an Existing Calendar Event

Your FertilityGal Ovulation Calendar

To edit an existing calendar event, use the (Edit) action button to the right of the calendar event within the list to make the event "editable". You can then change the event type using the Type drop-down list and/or change the date in the Date box. When you are finished with your changes to the event, click the (Save) action button to save the changes to the event. Alternatively, to cancel the change, click the (Cancel) action button. To delete an existing calendar event, click on the (Delete) action button next to the right of the event.

Recording a New Calendar Event

Your FertilityGal Ovulation Calendar

To record a new calendar event (the start of your period, intercourse or a doctor's appointment, Select the appropriate event from the Type drop-down list on the last row of the list, enter the date in the Date box and click the Add button.

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