An understanding of ovulation cycle helps you identify the days you are most likely to be fertile. This increases your chance of getting pregnant. A normal menstrual cycle is of 28 days, but can vary from woman to woman. There are approximately 5-6 days in each menstrual cycle that are referred to as a fertile window. Use our ovulation calculator to see which days you are most likely to be fertile.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Ovulation
What is ovulation?
Every month, an egg matures in one of the ovaries of a woman. Once matured, it gets released from the ovaries and is pushed down the fallopian tubes, available for fertilization from a male sperm. This process of release of the egg and its movement is known as ovulation. Tracking your ovulation can help you prepare better in case you are planning to conceive.
When do I ovulate?
As an average, ovulation occurs anywhere between 11-21 days after the first day of your last menstrual cycle or menstrual period (LMP), or 12-16 days from when you expect the next menstrual cycle. Implantation of a fertilized egg normally takes place 6-12 days after ovulation.
How do I know I am ovulating?
Understanding your timing of ovulation can be complex. It requires studying your body and menstrual cycles. Through combination of methods such as observing your cervical fluid, noting your daily basal body temperature, and remembering your menstruation dates, you can figure out your time of ovulation and hence your ideal dates to conceive. Our ovulation calculator can help you determine your ovulation dates.
Am I fertile during the entire cycle of ovulation?
An egg is only available to be fertilized for about 12-24 hours, during the window of ovulation period. But since a sperm can live in the body for 3-5 days after intercourse, and the egg is available for one day, the most fertile period considered is about 5-7 days. This is the ideal time for conception as well.
What are the signs of ovulation?
Each woman can experience different ovulation symptoms, but generally speaking, a change in cervical fluid, brief dull pain on one side of the abdomen, light spotting, increase in sex drive, elevated basal body temperature, breast tenderness, bloating and/or a heightened sense of vision, smell, or taste are some signs commonly associated with ovulation.
Do menstrual cycle and ovulation always go hand in hand?
A menstrual period can occur even if ovulation has not occurred. This is known as an anovulatory cycle. On the other hand, women who are breastfeeding, experiencing peri-menopause, or are on some medication, may not experience a period, but can still be ovulating.