What Is Ovulation?

Ovulation is the release of a mature egg from one of the ovaries, which happens every month. A woman is most fertile around the time of ovulation. After ovulation the egg will be available to be
fertilized by sperm. Most cases of infertility are caused by a women not ovulating. Without ovulation, there are no eggs to be fertilized.

Some signs that a woman is not ovulating normally include irregular or absent menstrual periods. Another common factor in ovulation problems are caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS as it is known.

Ovulation happens around day 14 of your cycle which is your peak fertile day if your menstrual cycle is the average 28 to 30 day cycle and you should start intercourse around day 12, 13 and 14 not to miss it. If your average menstrual cycle is 35 days ovulation happens around day 21 and your most fertile days are days 19, 20 and 21. Ovulation only lasts between 12 and 24 hours. The egg that is released from the ovary is only viable for this short period this is why an ovulation predictor kit would help you pin point the exact day of ovulation if you are actively trying to conceive.


Common Signs and Symptoms of ovulation:

  • Your basal body temperature falls slightly, and then rises again.
  • Your cervical mucus becomes clearer and thinner with a more slippery consistency similar to that of egg whites.
  • Your cervix softens and opens up.
  • You may feel a slight twinge of pain or mild cramps in your lower abdomen.
  • Your sex drive my increase.
  • You may notice some light spotting.
  • Your vulva or vagina may appear swollen.
  • Breast tenderness or swollen

Sometimes Ovulation Symptoms can be mistaken for a period so it is always best to keep a diary of your dates and symptoms to help you compare.

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