What Happens During Ovulation?
on Nov 26, 2012
by Michelle Pearson
If you're trying to get pregnant, then it's time you understood all about ovulation. What exactly happens during ovulation, and why do you need to know it to get pregnant?
If you are trying to conceive, you already know about ovulation. You know how important it is to conception, and you probably are already a pro at telling when you are ovulating. But, do you really know what happens during ovulation? Chances are, it’s a lot more complicated than you think! Today we are going to talk about what really happens during ovulation. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Okay, before we start talking about ovulation, we should probably back up a bit and talk about your menstrual cycle in general. Your cycle is divided up into three phases that you have probably heard of before: the follicular phase, ovulation, and the luteal phase.
The follicular phase starts on your first day of bleeding and it lasts until just before you ovulate. The follicular phase is when the egg starts to grow and mature and begins to get ready for ovulation. The follicular phase is all about the building up of the estrogen, and the release of hormones.
As the follicular phase continues, your body continues to get closer to ovulation. Your body begins to produce more GnRH and FSH to help your body get ready to release the egg. The eggs are beginning to grow and mature, and they are releasing estrogen. Once your estrogen levels get to a certain point, your body knows that your eggs are mature and it is then time to ovulate. This is when your brain releases a third hormone, known as LH or lutenizing hormone. Once the LH is released, it will release a lot, and there will be a surge of LH in your body. The surge of LH tells your body that the eggs are finally ready. The LH surge occurs, and then around two days later, your body gets the message, and your egg is released. This is ovulation. Once the egg is released and ovulation occurs, the egg only lives for around 24 hours so it is important to makes sure that you try to conceive during this time frame if you want to get pregnant.
After you ovulate, then your luteal phase of your cycle begins. The luteal phase is also sometimes called the “two week wait“, since it is the two weeks from when you ovulate until you start your period again. It is the two weeks that have to pass before you will be able to find out whether or not you are pregnant. These are the three stages of your menstrual cycle, and hopefully now you understand what happens when you ovulate a little better.
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Michelle is a busy mother to 2 boys and a prolific vlogger on subjects ranging from practical how-to tips for moms to chronicling her own pregnancy week-by-week on her popular YouTube channel ImaMommyof1.