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    DIVA Answers “How Do I Calculate My Ovulation Period?”

    My cycle is 28 days but I find it difficult to calculate my ovulation period and my free period. Please help me. I don’t want get used to pills and my partner is tired of using condom.

    The best way to avoid getting pregnant is to avoid sex. If this is not entirely possible for you, ask your Doctor for a safe birth control method. Calculating your free period can be difficult sometimes as no woman’s body works like a clock. Your period might be late or irregular and would affect your calculation, thereby giving you a wrong estimate of your free period.

    However, if you have a 28 day cycle, with ovulation typically happening on day 14, the ‘fertile window’ starts on day 12. Day one is the first day of the menstrual period and the last day is the day before the next period begins. Ovulation happens about two weeks before the next expected period. So if your average menstrual cycle is 28 days, you ovulate around day 14.

    Remember the ‘fertile window’ is the six days leading up to and including ovulation. So, you are usually fertile between Day 12 and Day 18. Anything outside these days is your Free Period and your fertile window is your Ovulation Period.