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What You Need to Know About Ovulation

When planning to conceive, we are so caught up in learning how to increase the chances of success. What we fail to do is to understand how our reproductive system works. If you don’t have a deeper understanding of your menstrual cycle, chances are, you wouldn’t be able to perfectly time your ovulation.

            Knowing your ovulation period is very important when you are trying to conceive a baby. Most women nowadays use a fertility calculator to help them determine their “fertile window”, or the days when they are most fertile. But before you start calculating, let us learn more what ovulation is, and how to accurately track it this page.

What is Ovulation?

            Ovulation happens when a mature egg is released by the ovaries. It will then move down the Fallopian tube. Here, the egg will then be available for fertilization. You can only conceive when a sperm would be able to meet the egg and fertilize. As you near the ovulation period, your body will produce estrogen which can cause the uterus lining to thicken and help the uterus make a home for the sperm.

Ovulation will usually happen 24 to 36 hours after the surge of the luteinizing hormone. The sperm would only have 24 hours to fertilize the egg. When no fertilization happens, the womb’s lining will shed, and your period begins.

How to Track your Ovulation Period

            When tracking your ovulation period, you should remember to get your average menstrual cycle. Your Day One should be the date when your period starts and the last day should be the date before your next period begins. For example, if your average menstrual cycle is 28 days, you will ovulate on the 14th day.

Learning how to track your ovulation period is very important if you are trying to conceive. Using a fertility calculator can be very helpful. Also, listen to your body. It shows symptoms that can help you determine when you are about to ovulate.