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When Do I Ovulate?

on Sep 27, 2012

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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When Do I Ovulate?

When do I ovulate? Have you been wondering how to pinpoint your day of ovulation? Find out how to determine when you ovulate and why it's important as you try to get pregnant.

Each monthly cycle, the healthy couple in their 20s who do not use birth control methods have a 20 percent chance of conceiving a baby. That is very high if you take into consideration that there is a small window of opportunity when you can get pregnant – during ovulation. Here you will find four methods that will help you answer the question “When do I ovulate?” Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The calendar method

Usually ovulation occurs in the middle of your menstrual cycle. The average cycle lasts 28 days, but since not all women are the same, the period may vary from 23 to 35 days or even vary slightly from one month to another. Thus, the best way to keep a track of your cycle is to use a menstrual calendar for a few months. This will help you see what is normal to you and predict your ovulation day. Try this handy ovulation calculator to help you estimate your day of ovulation.

Pay attention to your body

Every time you are ovulating, your body sends a message in the form of a pain or abdominal cramp, either on your left side or right side – the side you would be ovulating from. It is considered that the pain is caused by the release of an egg from your ovary. Pay attention to your body around halfway through your menstrual cycle and you should be able to get the message.

Check your cervix

Another method that will tell you when you ovulate is to check your cervix. Your body goes through many changes when you ovulate, one of which is the position of the cervix itself. At the beginning of the cycle the cervix is usually low, hard and closed. But when ovulation approaches, it pulls itself back up, softens and even opens a bit, to let sperm get through. You can check your cervix every day by using one or two fingers.

Ovulation kits

If you do not want to use any of the methods above or you do not trust they will work, then you have another great way of finding out when you ovulate. To buy an ovulation predictor kit. You will have to urinate on the stick, just like you would do on a pregnancy test, and it will tell you whether or not you are ovulating. It will measure when there is an LH (luteinizing hormone) surge, which tells you that ovulation will occur within 24-48 hours.

As you can see, there are many ways of checking when you are ovulating and it is entirely up to you to choose the method you are most comfortable with. But to pinpoint your day of ovulation is of key importance when you’re trying to conceive, otherwise it’s just a shot in the dark!

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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  • Msonoinancy

    My husbands sperms are slow to reach the egg, do you think i will get pregnant? What is the best sex position we should do to help the sperms move faster??

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    The missionary position would still be the best position because it allows deep penetration, which will bring the sperm closer to the cervix. However this will not affect the motility of the sperm. There are several things that you can do to increase sperm motility like changes in his diet – the proteins L-Carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine are the two most helpful proteins for guys who are suffering from poor sperm motility. Others like exercise and lifestyle – quit smoking and alcohol.

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  • nesha

    If i my period started on april 11,2013 when do i ovulate

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  • jasmin

    i Had My last period on the 26th of march , but i was cramping on the 25th and wiped blood from. me but it stopped then it came down on the 26 it lasted 5 days i was wondering when i ovulate .

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Ovulation usually takes place 14 days after the beginning of your menstrual cycle. The time of ovulation within the menstrual cycle is determined by the luteal phase, which is usually 12 to 16 days long. Since your period started on April 11, 2013, your ovulation cycle will probably start on April 25, 2013.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Knowing that you have a 31-day cycle, there is a good probability that your ovulation date occurs 17 days after the first day of your period. You should try to detect your ovulation date and, have sex every other day during your fertile window, which is normally 4 to 5 days before your ovulation date to improve your likelihood of getting pregnant. If ever your menstrual cycles become irregular, it is best that you use an Ovulation Predictor Kit to accurately determine your ovulation dates.

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  • arlene

    my period stared June 17 2013 and lasted only 4 days I wanted to to know when do I ovulate?

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  • young

    i want to no when to stay away from sex after my period

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