ovulation

Ovulation is a key concept when talking about getting pregnant, fertility and the menstruation cycle.

‘What is ovulation?,’ you may ask. It is the process where the ovary releases a mature ovule (commonly called egg) that then starts a trip towards the Fallopian tubes and the uterus.

And why is it important when talking about getting pregnant? Well, the moment when ovulation takes place is the same one when the window of opportunity opens up for all those women who want to become a mum: if that egg is fertilised by a sperm, when the resulting embryo finally arrives to the uterus… It may stay there! An apparently simple mechanism that has amazing consequences: the creation of life!

 

The ovulation cycle

So, when does ovulation occur? As in anything related to the reproductive system, the first thing to keep in mind is that every woman is different, and even one same woman can see how her body’s “routines” change throughout her fertile life. However, there are some standards that can be considered, and that will usually work with women with a regular cycle.

A regular menstrual cycle typically lasts 28 days, although it can be regular being shorter or longer. Most women have a menstrual cycle of 27-32 days. To know how long your cycle is, you need to count from day one (first day of your period) to the last day before your next period. 

Ovulation takes place around two weeks before your period starts. So, if you have a completely regular and average menstrual cycle of 28 days, you will be ovulating around day 14.

However, and regarding fertility, there are other things to consider. A mature egg, once it has left the ovary, only lives for 24 hours – so that is the only moment it can be fertilised! Sperm lives for a little longer, around 2-3 days, so your fertile window is only open for a little while. The fertile window is considered to be open for 6 days, the last of them being the day you ovulate. Your most fertile days are the day you ovulate and the 2 days before you do.

If your cycle doesn’t last 28 days, you can calculate your most fertile days by deducting from 12 to 16 days to the amount of days your menstrual cycle lasts.

 

The signs of ovulation

Besides counting days, you can also find out the moment it’s happening by learning to recognise the ovulation symptoms. Some of them are very similar to the ones many women feel while they are menstruating.

The most common ovulation symptoms include the following:

  • Increase of the cervical mucus: You may notice a heavier discharge, jelly-like and similar to egg whites.
  • Increase of the libido: If you feel kind of ‘playful’ towards the middle of your menstrual cycle, it may be ovulation’s fault!
  • Abdominal pain: Many women feel ovulation pain, similar to the typical period cramps.
  • Sore or extra sensitive breasts: Another of the ovulation symptoms shared with period week.
  • Liquid retention: You could feel a little bloated during those days.
  • Swollen vagina or vulva: It could also be more sensitive – which may prove convenient with the increase of the libido!
  • Moodiness: Oh, the hormones! You could be feeling depressed or more emotional. There is one nice counterpart, though: some women feel suddenly energetic by the time they’re ovulating.

 

During ovulation, also the cervix suffers some non-permanent changes. During the time you’re ovulating, its position changes: it is higher, and is also softer and more open. Of course, you won’t be able to recognise this symptom – only your gynaecologist would! 

Besides these ones, there are other less common signs of ovulation, such as:

  • Spotting: Some light blood spotting it is not uncommon.
  • Headache: It could be a result of the hormonal changes.
  • Nausea: Also a consequence of the dance of the hormones!

 

How can I keep track of ovulation?

Counting the days of your menstrual cycle and keeping an eye on how your body is behaving so you can recognise the symptoms can be enough to keep track of ovulation. That, of course, if you’re one of the lucky ones who have a regular menstrual cycle. However, this may not be enough if you’re trying to get pregnant. If you need to know the exact day you’re ovulating to determine which is your fertility window, there are some tools that will be of help. You could do an ovulation test with an ovulation kit – similar to a pregnancy test, you will have to pee in a stick to see if you are ovulating. An ovulation kit is also able to predict ovulation 2-3 days before it happens, so you can plan ahead to give your little egg a lot of chances to be fertilised! 

Another method, less exact than the ovulation kit, is measuring your basal body temperature with a special thermometer. You will know you are ovulating when you detect a higher temperature. To measure your basal temperature correctly, you need to do it every day before leaving your bed to face the day, and it is very useful to keep an ovulation chart, where you should mark the days and the temperature. With an ovulation calendar, you will be able to get a clear idea of how your cycles, and your body, work.

Finally, you can use CaptainMums’ Ovulation Calculator, a very simple tool, very effective for women with regular cycles. You just need to introduce the date of your last period and the number of days your period lasts, and the Ovulation Calculator will do the math for you!

Finding out when you're ovulating can be challenging sometimes though, like when a woman has irregular periods.

 

Other ovulation fun (and not so fun) facts

Here you have a list of facts that may interest you, especially if you are trying to get pregnant. First things first! Before you become a super mummy, you must become an expert in ovulation first, and pregnancy second!

  • A woman’s fertile life starts with her first menstruation – typically, from ages 11 to 15 (although it can also happen before or after that). However, did you know that you are hosting millions of immature eggs from the moment you are born? That’s right! Ovulation happens when the ovary releases a mature egg, but those little guys were already there, waiting for their moment of glory!
  • This may not come as a surprise, but ovulation, same as menstruation, can be affected by diseases or even stress – which is why obsessing about getting pregnant never makes it easier!
  • Even if ovulation and your period usually come together (not at the same time, but when one comes so does the other) it is not always like this. Our reproductive system can fail sometimes even without there being a problem, so you could have your period without a previous ovulation or you could ovulate and then not have your period.
  • Usually, the ovary releases only one egg! You can see how getting pregnant is not as easy as it may seem, then. However, if you have sex during your fertile window, there are 20% chances of succeeding in getting pregnant, that if there are no infertility problems in the couple. Around 85% of fertile couples manage to conceive within the first year they try.

Well, now you have all the tools you need to master ovulation. So, if you want to have a baby, your plan should be clear: find out when your fertility window will be open, and have plenty of sex during those days!

 

Need help? Ask other mummies in CaptainMums' forum!

 

Overall Rating (0)

0 out of 5 stars

Leave your comments

Post comment as a guest

0
Your comments are subjected to administrator's moderation.
  • No comments found

Activity Stream

Sallyford added a reply in discussion What are some dating websites ... 42 minutes ago

I chose to contact the individual who lived in my same community. We had several dates but there was no spark for either of us. My second choice was much better. He had a great sense of humor, interesting outlooks on life, and appeared to have a good concept of what he was looking for. We have been together 4 years and are very much in love. We hav...

swratz has earned new badge Sherlock Holmes... 43 minutes ago

swratz started a new discussion What are some dating websites ... 43 minutes ago

What are some dating websites that you have been successful on?...

Alisa77 added a reply in discussion diaphragm... 15 hours ago 51 minutes ago

I haven't used diaphragm, but I'm pretty suspicious about using unprescribed things and taking meds, so I always check the info about them on the internet. If you worry about side effects, I recommend to read the description. I usually use this canadian pharmacy website for this purpose. But I should agree with other members, maybe it is better and...

Sallyford added a reply in discussion Can I get a personal loan to p... yesterday

Yes!!! Personal loan is an unsecured loan and it can be used for any purpose of yours. Only if your are able to satisfy the Personal loan eligibility criteria of a lender you will be able to avail a personal loan. Also most of the Lenders expects a credit score of 750+ from the applicant in order to approve the loan application....

pennyq started a new discussion Can I get a personal loan to p... yesterday

Can I get a personal loan to purchase a computer?...

Bellatry added a reply in discussion What NBA teams do you like?... yesterday

I like Lakers! They are cool! Koby was my favorite player. Now it is Lebron James! I follow all matches online on https://777score.ng/ you can find match results, statistics, schedule and much more....

Aksha added a reply in discussion Looking for a staff nurse jobs... yesterday

Try to search interested jobs on Jooble https://uk.jooble.org/jobs-staff-nurse/London You can find relevant vacancies in few seconds by using their search engine and filter panels. Very comfortable service....

Aksha is now ranked up to Junior Member... ! yesterday
Aksha started a new discussion What NBA teams do you like?... yesterday

What NBA teams do you like?...

Cherry2 added a reply in discussion Looking for a staff nurse jobs... yesterday

You can try ScraperWorld Job Finder app, its is pretty good in scarping web and provide you the information exactly related to your search. It will help you to get all the updates on time regarding job vacancies, you will not need to go through different job search websites anymore. It scrape all the job opening details from all top job search we...

ESO201722 added a reply in discussion How could you miss RS3gold up ... 2 days ago

Fortunetly, The April Fool's day is on coming, Do you want to get surprise in this day, RS3gold is hosting amazing 9% off rs3 gold for sale activity, have you know about it?If not, come here. Big News! Hurry up to join RS3gold April Fools 'Day Best Promotion:up to 9% off code "HAF9" for rs players buying RS3 gold,RS 2007 gold or other products on ...

ESO201722 added a reply in discussion Would you like to grasp RS3gol... 2 days ago

Fortunetly, The April Fool's day is on coming, Do you want to get surprise in this day, RS3gold is hosting amazing 9% off rs3 gold for sale activity, have you know about it?If not, come here. Big News! Hurry up to join RS3gold April Fools 'Day Best Promotion:up to 9% off code "HAF9" for rs players buying RS3 gold,RS 2007 gold or other products on ...

ESO201722 added a reply in discussion Have you already get cheap up ... 2 days ago

Fortunetly, The April Fool's day is on coming, Do you want to get surprise in this day, RS3gold is hosting amazing 9% off rs3 gold for sale activity, have you know about it?If not, come here. Big News! Hurry up to join RS3gold April Fools 'Day Best Promotion:up to 9% off code "HAF9" for rs players buying RS3 gold,RS 2007 gold or other products on ...

ESO201722 started a new discussion How could you miss RS3gold up ... 2 days ago

Fortunetly, The April Fool's day is on coming, Do you want to get surprise in this day, RS3gold is hosting amazing 9% off rs3 gold for sale activity, have you know about it?If not, come here. Big News! Hurry up to join RS3gold April Fools 'Day Best Promotion:up to 9% off code "HAF9" for rs players buying RS3 gold,RS 2007 gold or other products on ...

ESO201722 started a new discussion Would you like to grasp RS3gol... 2 days ago

Fortunetly, The April Fool's day is on coming, Do you want to get surprise in this day, RS3gold is hosting amazing 9% off rs3 gold for sale activity, have you know about it?If not, come here. Big News! Hurry up to join RS3gold April Fools 'Day Best Promotion:up to 9% off code "HAF9" for rs players buying RS3 gold,RS 2007 gold or other products on ...

ESO201722 started a new discussion Have you already get cheap up ... 2 days ago

Fortunetly, The April Fool's day is on coming, Do you want to get surprise in this day, RS3gold is hosting amazing 9% off rs3 gold for sale activity, have you know about it?If not, come here. Big News! Hurry up to join RS3gold April Fools 'Day Best Promotion:up to 9% off code "HAF9" for rs players buying RS3 gold,RS 2007 gold or other products on ...

ESO201722 started a new discussion Up to 9% off RS3gold how to ge... 2 days ago

At the cheap runescape 3 gold Washington Examiner. The four star hotel possess 66 lavish rooms and exquisite suites which features modern decor. Remember, though, that there are different depths to each bond and that somewhere inside that group hug, someone is usually dropping an elbow.. In recent weeks, processors have been paying 6 to 9 cents/...

Sancsa started a new discussion Looking for a staff nurse jobs... 2 days ago

Where do you search vacancies?...

pennyq added a reply in discussion How do I find a good custom es... 3 days ago

Try custom essays https://www.customwritings.com/custom-essay.html We used to order some paper works for our daughter when she studied at university. This company hires only professional writers and prices quite affordable. Hope it can help...

davidwind added a reply in discussion How do I find a good custom es... 3 days ago

Are you still searching for the answer about good custom essay writing service? Everyone is looking for what he/she finds important for themselves. And I personally care about the quality and the price. I do not want to pay much for the absence of my paper or the grade that I could get without their ‘professionals’. Often I go to "Marvelous Essays"...

Sallyford has earned new badge Sherlock Holmes... 3 days ago

Sallyford started a new discussion How do I find a good custom es... 3 days ago

How do I find a good custom essay writing service for my son, he is a college student?...

ESO201722 started a new discussion Gain RS3gold rs gold shop with... 4 days ago

Improving buy rs 3 gold operating leverage will lead to expansion in EBITDTA margins over FY13 16E and improving free cash flow generation. CA has got to be at least as good as CT and Iowa(I was in Iowa City everything was covered) I would also go to the financial aid office and spell the situation out bring doctors letters and a written copy of yo...

swratz added a reply in discussion Can I trust online dating?... 4 days ago

Depends upon who the other person is and whether you have any common friends who can reassure you about the person. If the dating is through video calls, then at least you know who you are talking to, otherwise faking social media accounts and creating a fake persona just to date is on the rise. Lying and two timing is also a distinct possibility. ...