Understanding The Ovulation Cycle

When you’re trying to get pregnant, it helps to know the times when you are ovulating. You can purchase an ovulation test kit from most pharmacies and even some retail stores that have them with other items that are related to pregnancy. If you don’t want to use a kit, there are some hints that your body will give you if you pay attention.

As you begin noticing some of the signs that you’re ovulating, you can begin to have sexual intercourse more often during those times with the hope that it will result in a pregnancy. There is only a short time when you’re ovulating that you can get pregnant, so it’s important to keep this in mind and track your schedule as accurately as possible.

The first thing that you want to do is examine your menstrual cycle. Once you figure out how often you have your period, you can detect the time of the month when you ovulate. The follicular phase is the time from the first day of your period until ovulation. The luteal phase is the time from ovulation to the end of your period. Hormones in the body will trigger ovulation as the growing follicles in the ovaries grow.

About 24 hours after a surge of the hormone, the follicle, or egg, will burst through the ovarian wall and meet with a sperm if there is one present. This is the best time to have sexual intercourse if you’re trying to get pregnant. Ovulation usually takes place about halfway through the cycle with each cycle lasting between 25 and 33 days for most women. Sometimes, you might feel a slight pain in one side of the abdomen about halfway through your cycle. This is usually when the follicle bursts through the ovary. You could also see a small amount of discharge when you go to the bathroom. Your temperature could also decrease slightly. Ovulation doesn’t happen every month for all women. If the follicle isn’t mature, then it will wait until the next month to push through. The lining of the uterus is still shed, but an egg isn’t released at the time.

 

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