Can Your Ovulation Day Change Each Month? What Does This Mean If You’re Trying To Chose Your Baby’s Gender?
By Sandy Dean: I often hear from women who are trying to gauge their ovulation day in an attempt to get pregnant. A question that I am commonly asked is some variation on “is it possible for your ovulation day to change from month to month? If so, what does this mean if you’re trying to become pregnant? And, what, if any, implications does this have if you are trying to chose your baby’s gender? I will address these questions in the following article.
Your Ovulation Day Can Most Definitely Change From Month To Month For Many Reasons: The short answer is yes, your ovulation day can change dramatically from month one month to the next or it can remain relatively constant or stable. It really does depend upon the woman in question and also upon what is going on with that same woman’s life, health, and fertility cycle. Illness, stress, or having an anovulatory cycle (which means that no ovulation occurs during a particular period of time) can all be responsible for variations in your ovulation day.
It’s a myth that most women ovulate around day 14 or mid way through a 28 day cycle (although some women do.) Some women have shorter cycles and some women have longer cycles. Some women ovulate earlier or later in their cycle. And some women experience very sporadic ovulation. All of these things can make it inadvisable to just assume that you ovulate on the same day each and every month.
You can easily test yourself using an ovulation predictor or testing. I like the saliva kind, but the urine type is readily available also. When I was trying to become pregnant and was charting my ovulation, I was very surprised to discover that on most months, I ovulated very late in my cycle. While I had assumed that I must be ovulating around day 14 because of my 28 day cycle, this was not at all the case. Most of the time, I ovulated sometime around day 20. There were times that I ovulated as late as day 23 or as early as day 18. Luckily, my sporadic and late ovulation did not impede my ability to become pregnant (that’s a myth also.) But it did make planning a bit more challenging.
Many women will try to gauge ovulation around when their menstrual period occurs. However, in some cases, it is possible to become pregnant without regular (or easily identifiable) menstrual periods. Another misconception is that some women ovulate more than once in any given month or ovulation period. While it is possible to release more than one egg in a month (which is what happens with twins,) those same eggs would be released at roughly the same time – making only one instance of ovulation possible. You can’t ovulate or become pregnant twice during the same ovulation period.
What Happens When Your Ovulation Day Changes From Month To Month While You’re Trying To Gage Ovulation In Order To Chose Your Baby’s Gender?: Well, a changing ovulation day from one month to the next does mean that you have to be more observant and you will need to test yourself more regularly. However, if you are trying to chose your baby’s gender, you will need to do this anyway. When you have intercourse is very important because you want to have sex very close to your ovulation day. For a boy baby, you want to have sex after that ovulation day. But for a girl baby, you want to have sex before that ovulation day.
But, when that day becomes a moving target, this becomes more challenging. While it’s true that a woman who always ovulates on the same day each and every month is going to have an easier time planning her conception day, a woman who does not have this luxury isn’t out of luck. If this is the case for you, then you’ll just need to get in the habit of monitoring or checking your ovulation every day with a kit. There are very good saliva kits that will show you that ovulation is approaching. This is important if you are trying for a girl baby.
The point is even if the date or day of your ovulation changes from month to month, as long as it is occurring and you are able to tell when or if it has happened, it is very possible for you to not only become pregnant, but to increase your chances for getting the gender that you want as well.
If you’re still confused, I’ve put together a couple of sites that walks you through this step by step.