Understanding Ovulation



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Ovulation is the process in your cycle when the ovarian follicle releases a mature egg. This is part of the reproduction process. A few days before an egg is released is considered to be your most fertile days.

The lining of the uterus has to be thick enough for a fertilized egg to implant itself. If the egg is not fertilized, it will disintegrate and then absorb into the uterine lining.

If conception does not occur then the unfertilized egg along with the lining of the uterus and blood will shed and this is when menstruation occurs. So basically, every month your body is preparing itself for a pregnancy.

Every woman is born with millions of immature eggs that are waiting for ovulation to begin.

Once the egg leaves the ovary it lives for 12-24 hours. Typically only one egg is released during your cycle. Now for those with fraternal twins or more, they have released more than one egg.

Women who are near the more fertile period experience changes in the cervix, in mucus produced by the cervix, and in their basal body temperature.

Additionally, many women also experience another fertility sign called Mittelschmerz (pain that is associated with ovulation), increased sense of smell, and a heightened sexual desire in the several days directly before an egg is released.

Some woman may also experience some light spotting.

track your monthly cycle

Tracking your monthly cycle will help you in getting pregnant.

Your cycle is counted from the first day of your last period to the first day of your next period. Normally a woman's period lasts anywhere from 28-32 days, but some woman have shorter cycles while others can have longer ones.

An egg is released anywhere between Day 11 - Day 21 of the cycle, counting from the first day of the last menstrual period. It can happen at different times each month and alternate from the left ovary to the right ovary.

While paying close attention to your natural fertility signs, you may want to also get an ovulation test kit when trying to concieve .

Finding out exactly when your body releases an egg from your ovary will help you identify your most fertile time of the month. The days you're most likely to become pregnant is the day before your body releases and egg and the day the egg is actually released.

With the test kit you are looking for the LH surge. LH, Luteinizing hormone, is always present in human urine. This is what stimulates ovulation, when an egg is released from the ovary.

The LH surge is a process when the LH increases dramatically just before a womans most fertile day of the month. This surge of hormones indicates that an egg will be released within 72 hours.

Once you detect the hormone surge, you may receive a positive result for several days in a row. It really doesn't matter how many positive tests you get, the most important one is the first positive test. This means that your body will release and egg within a few hours to a few days.

Your body may release an egg earlier than you thought or even later in your cycle, so it's good to chart your cycle and watch for the natural fertility signs to let you know when the best time for testing is. The hormone surge can happen fast, so you may want to test twice a day just to be sure you don't miss the LH surge.





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