Ovulation Made Simple
How To Know If You’re Ovulating or Pregnant?
“How to know if I am ovulating?” is a typical but essential question you still ask yourself like thousands of other women who are willing either to conceive or, on the contrary, to avoid the risk of pregnancy.
Ovulation undoubtedly occurs if you have a regular menstrual cycle which generally lasts 28 days starting the first day of periods and ending the first day of periods of the next cycle. The ovulatory phase takes place in the middle of the cycle, between the 12th and 18th day. During this phase one of your two ovaries release an egg which makes its way towards the womb where it is expected to be penetrated by a possible sperm, the very beginning of pregnancy. Therefore if you have sexual intercourse during that period, you will optimize your chance of conceiving. You have to know that ovulation represents a period of a few days in the menstrual cycle in which the woman is the most fertile. That’s why it is primordial for a woman to detect the signs of ovulation so that she can react consequently.
A very simple way to spot the ovulatory phase is to use a calendar to note down the date of your first dates of periods (that indicate the beginning of your cycles). Do it for two or three successive cycles. Afterwards, you will be sure of the number of days that constitute your menstrual cycle. For example, if your first day of period is on September 1st and your next first day of period is on September 30th, then your menstrual cycle lasts thirty days. And the ovulation normally occurs on sixteenth of September (30 – 14). Of course, the ovulation phase, lasting for a few days, relatively takes place between September 14th and 18th. If you have a regular menstrual cycle of 28-30 days, the ovulation calendar is normally a sufficient method that will help you determine the ovulatory phase.
If you have irregular menstrual cycles, you will have to resort to a more efficient method. Bear in mind that the temperature of your body is the highest during the ovulatory phase compared to the two other phases of pre and post ovulation. The quantity of progesterone increases almost suddenly. This is the cause of the rise in your temperature during that phase. The best thing to do is to take your temperature every morning in bed before getting up, moving or even speaking and note down your results on a paper. Do this on a daily basis for one cycle. The days with the highest temperature will for sure represent your ovulatory phase. However, you have to be in a healthy physical and mental state as illness, tiredness and stress can alter your temperature results.
A more modern method to detect signs of ovulation is to use an Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK) available in pharmacies. 90% reliable, this kit enables you to determine your optimal fertility period. A little quantity of urine is sufficient to make out the presence of a specific hormone. The latter orders the ovary to release the egg the following three days: the right period for fertility.
To sum up, if you have periods, whether they are regular or not, you do ovulate once a cycle. To precisely know the time of ovulation during the cycle, I recommend you to try one of the above methods. They will help you find the date of ovulatory phase and you will be able to take the important decision to conceive or avoid it. The fact that a small number of women do not ovulate because of problems of health remains exceptional.
*** The information contained here is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment in any manner. Always seek the advice of your doctor with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.