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Questions About Trying to Conceive

I'm trying to conceive. Where should I begin?

Glow's Ovulation Calculator and Fertility Tracker is a very good place to start. It helps you forecast your fertile window and ovulation date so you get pregnant faster. Learn more about Glow here.

What is a cervical mucus (CM) check and how do I do one in Glow?

Many women find the cervical mucus check to be the best way to predict ovulation. In general, as the day of ovulation approaches in your cycle, your vaginal and cervical mucus should increase (i.e. become more moist) and the consistency should become slippery and clear (such as that of egg-whites). This type of clear, slippery CM helps sperm to move faster and to survive longer within the female’s body giving the best chance for fertilization of the egg. 

You can check your CM by looking at the toilet paper after you wipe or by inserting a clean finger into your vagina and reaching toward your cervix (which is deeper inside). You're likely to find more CM if you check after a bowel movement. Some women check after they shower every day. It is helpful if you check at roughly the same time each day so that Glow can get consistent measurements. 

Once you performed the test you can then enter the data by clicking the ✔ next to CM. After you click the ✔ you may then enter the appropriate values from none to sticky to slippery and from dry to damp to very wet. 

REMEMBER: slippery means the consistency of egg whites while sticky can be cream colored, chunky, a gluey paste, or thick like lotion.

What is basal body temperature (BBT) and how do I take mine?

Your basal body temperature (BBT) is your lowest body temperature in a 24-hour period. Basal thermometers are available at most drugstores. The best time to take it is when you first wake up in the morning. Before you even get out of bed to brush your teeth or start your day, pop a basal thermometer into your mouth. It's important to try to wake up and take this reading at about the same time each morning. To do so you can set yourself a reminder in the Reminder Center of Glow Genius. Once you enter your BBT you will be able to see it in Charts Center within Glow Genius. 

Basal thermometers are available at most drugstores. Once you enter your BBT you will be able to see it in Charts Center within Glow Genius. 
 
 

My BBT did not save - what am I doing wrong?

Your basal body temperature (BBT) is your lowest body temperature in a 24-hour period. Basal thermometers are available at most drugstores. The best time to take it is when you first wake up in the morning. Before you even get out of bed to brush your teeth or start your day, pop a basal thermometer into your mouth. It's important to try to wake up and take this reading at about the same time each morning. To do so you can set yourself a reminder in the Reminder Center of Glow Genius. Once you enter your BBT you will be able to see it in Charts Center within Glow Genius. 

Basal thermometers are available at most drugstores. Once you enter your BBT you will be able to see it in Charts Center within Glow Genius. 

What is an ovulation test?

Ovulation kits and fertility monitors help further determine your expected ovulation by reading the luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine. They look and work in a very similar fashion to pregnancy tests. We recommend the Advanced Digital Ovulation Tests from ClearBlue. These tests are up to 99% accurate and help in identifying up to 4 fertile days, twice as many as any other ovulation test.

How do I know when my next fertile window will be?

Your next fertile window is indicated by the calendar. You can flip through to future days or pull down the calendar for monthly view.

In either view, the next “green” colored day will be your fertile window and should contain an estimate of your chance of conception on that day.

I’m pregnant. Is there anything I should do with the app?

Congratulations!!! We wish you a healthy and happy pregnancy! 

And yes, please do tell us about your pregnancy. You can do so in the ‘Me’ page. Click the ‘I’m pregnant’ link. When you do so, you will be given an opportunity to share your story. We love hearing about the joy of our users. You will also be able to update the settings of your app such that you no longer receive any fertility related notifications.
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