What Is It?
Ovulation is a phase in the menstrual cycle. This is when an egg is released from a woman’s ovary into the fallopian tube. Once in the fallopian tube, it can be fertilized if met by sperm.
A woman’s ability to get pregnant is dependent on her ovulation. If she is not ovulating, she cannot get pregnant through sexual intercourse.
The egg released from the ovary typically lasts between12 and 24 hours after which it dies off if not met by a sperm. On average, sperm lasts for about five days in a woman’s body. Coupled with the fact that an egg lasts between 12 and 24 hours in the fallopian tube, it means the fertile period for a lady is between five days before her ovulation and one day after her ovulation. This is the timeframe in which she has the highest chance of getting pregnant.
How Do You Know If You Are Ovulating?
If a woman’s menstrual cycle is regular, ovulation occurs two weeks before the beginning of her next menstrual cycle. There are certain body changes that happen during ovulation. The body changes are not, however, reliable methods of tracking ovulation.
During ovulation, the cervical mucus thickens and gets very sticky. There is usually breast pain as well as an increase in body temperature.
One of the best ways of tracking ovulation is by using ovulation test strips. The ovulation test strip is like the pregnancy strips. It helps to detect the hormones that are produced before ovulation and is estimated to be about 97% accurate.
When to Be Concerned
Since ovulation is a part of the menstrual cycle, a woman should be concerned if her period is unusually delayed. In this situation, she should have a conversation with her doctor to determine the exact cause.