When Do I Ovulate?
on Sep 27, 2012
by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
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
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.
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.
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.
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)