So when do I ovulate, you may be asking this if you are trying to get pregnant. First things first, its important you know your ovulation cycle and I will go through all you ever need to know about when do you ovulate.
1. When do you ovulate?
Put simply, each month your body prepares itself to get pregnant, so you body releases an egg from your ovum. This usually happens mid-cycle, and if you usual cycle is 28 days about 14 days into your cycle is roughly the time it happens, but do not that this varies according to your cycle. Your ovary will release an egg one month and the other the next and the egg then travels down your fallopian tube to the womb. If it isn’t fertilised by a sperm it’s then shed with your womb lining when you menstruate.
2. How long does my cycle last?
Again this varies as every woman is different. The average cycle is 28 days. But many healthy, fertile women will have a cycle slightly shorter or longer than this so won’t necessarily ovulate on day 14. So, if yours isn’t spot on 28 days, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean there’s a problem with your fertility. When you ovulate depends on the due date of your next period and not the previous one. Eg: If your cycle regularly lasts 34 days, you should ovulate on day 17. So if you have sex on your most fertile days, between days 14 and 17, you have a good chance of conceiving.
3. What triggers ovulation?
It’s all down to your hormones. You produce Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) during the first part of your cycle that triggers your body to start the process of maturing eggs for ovulation. High levels of oestrogen are produced at this time that triggers a release of LH, Luteinizing Hormone, causing the mature egg to burst from the follicle. That is ovulation. Normally, only one egg will be large enough to burst through the follicle during ovulation.
4. How can I tell if I am ovulating?
Know your body and learn to ‘read’ your body and get to know your cycle you should be able to tell when you’re ovulating. The key is to look out for changes in your cervical secretions. After your period you can feel quite dry for a day or so and then get a sticky, whitish type of secretion. Then, when you start to ovulate the secretion from your vagina will change to a clear, sticky, mucus- like discharge. It’s wettish and stretchy. like raw egg white, and normally quite noticeable, so start looking out for it. This is a sure sign you’re ovulating.
5. Do ovulation prediction kits and temperature charting work?
Yes, I recommend them and they can be useful for pinpointing you are most fertile. They can tell you when you’re ovulating, but can be inaccurate on timing. Learning to read your body and pinpointing the fertile time in your cycle is cheaper and often more affective. Something called Basal body temperature (BBT) measurements used to be used but rely on the fact that your body temperature increases a very small amount after ovulation. Its best to use a BBT same time everyday especially straight after waking up for a more accurate prediction of when do I ovulate.
6. How long do the egg and sperm live for?
An egg lives for about 12-24 hours after you ovulate, and sperm can live for five to seven days. Ideally, you need a lot of sperm on stand-by to pounce on that egg when it’s released, so have sex in the days leading up to when you ovulate and a day after. You only release the one egg, but a single ejaculation from your partner will supply millions of sperm, so keep the supply up by having lots of sex.
7. Can you only conceive if you have sex on the day you ovulate?
No, its one of those great myth. Because sperm can live for up to a week after ejaculation, they may still be in your fallopian tube when you ovulate, and so able to fertilise an egg. Research shows that even if you have sex six days prior to ovulation you stand a good chance of conceiving. If you wait to have sex only on the day you ovulate you may miss your chance of pregnancy altogether.
8. So when should you have sex?
Best time is to have sex several times a week around the time of your ovulation. This is the best way to have a good chance of getting pregnant. Don’t get too hung up about having sex on the day you ovulate, and don’t assume you are ovulating on the 14th day of your cycle. Just have lots of sex in that week around ovulation and make sure you keep it about having fun rather than obsessing over making a baby – our sex tips might help. Above all, enjoy having sex and don’t make it such a chore simply to produce.
9. Can ovulation be painful?
Some women get a sharp pain in their lower abdomen, called Mittelschmerz, as the ripe egg is released by the ovary. Rarely women may lose a small amount of blood when you ovulate too.
10. Why can’t I get pregnant?
This may surprise you but Humans just aren’t very fertile as a species. You only have a one in three chance of conceiving every month – and that’s just when you’re a healthy twenty-something. As you get into your thirties those chances become less with fertility dropping rapidly after 35 years in women.
If you pick the right time , and use the simple steps above, you WILL be able to get pregnant in just 30 days. (and this is a lesson it took ME, and most other people FAR too long to learn!)