How Long Do I Ovulate?

on Jan 30, 2013

by Alyssia Granger

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Getting pregnant is all about knowing when you ovulate. But how long do you ovulate, and how do you track your ovulation date?

The ovulation cycle

When a woman begins to ovulate, the mature egg is ready to be fertilized by sperm, the natural cycle which lasts for about 30 hours. This is a rough estimate as each woman’s ovulation cycle differs, becoming shorter or longer depending on her individual body rhythm. However, on average the normal cycle lasts for about 30 hours. In the effort to conceive one of the most important things that you can do is to understand your ovulation cycle and to know roughly how long it will last so that you can actively try to conceive during that time sensitive window. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

When to time intercourse

One of the common misconceptions prevalent today is that actively trying for a baby is only important during the short 30 or so hours of ovulation, but the act that brings on conception can happen outside of that time frame. This is because sperm in the optimum environment (i.e where thin, watery cervical mucus is present in the reproductive tract) sperm can last in a woman’s body for up to 5 days; thereby allowing sperm that was ejaculated into the vagina up to five days before the beginning of ovulation to fertilize an egg during that time. Due to this factor it is important to have sex in the days leading up to ovulation just as much as the 30 or so hours during ovulation.

Tips for tracking ovulation

Due to the fact that ovulation is crucial to conception it is important to track your ovulation cycle. Here are some of the most common means to track exactly when you ovulate.

Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs)

Use Ovulation Tests (commonly known as Ovulation Predictor Kits) to help alert you of your body’s impending ovulation. You can find these tests in two different styles: a dip-strip test where you dip the test into a container of urine or a mid-stream test where you place the test strip in the urine stream to track the spike of LH (luteinizing hormone) in your body that signals ovulation.

Basal Thermometer

Use a Basal Thermometer to track your basal body temperature. When you begin to ovulate your body temperature will elevate slightly. By using a basal thermometer, you can track your normal body temperatures and over the course of several months you can have a better idea of when your body has gone into ovulation.

Cervical mucus changes

Pay attention to the cervical mucus your body produces. Just before and during ovulation your cervical mucus will take on a thin, watery appearance that is similar to the look and feel of an egg white. Using this indicator can help you verify ovulation to better be able to prepare and actively try for a baby.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • Britannyconley

    Me and my boyfriend. Have been trying to have a baby but for some odd
    reason I can’t keep his sperm in me. We have been trying to have one for
    3 months and I’m now taking flinstone vitamins to see if that will help
    I have been having weird cycles I was two weeks late this month and I
    started on the 7th and found out that I also had an ovarian cyst rupture
    can that harm me from not conceiving for a baby?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Ovarian cysts can affect your chances of getting pregnant, if left untreated. In additional; instead of taking Flinstone vitamins, I do suggest that you take fertility supplements such as Feribella ConcieveEasy, Clomid and Vitex in order to boost your body’s fertility. Knowing that there one’s chances of conception may vary, it is best that you consult your doctor for a preconception check-up where you can determine what prevents you from getting pregnant.

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  • mercedes

    I started ovulating on Friday morning,I had sex at midnigh,then I had sex again,on saturday at midnight ,but I didn’t have sex Sunday midnight.what’s my chance of getting, pregnant

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  • pinky

    My period date is 5d/2nd m/2014 which exact my ovulation day

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  • pinky

    Sorry.. my period cycle 32 days

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  • bianca

    i hav pcos and dont get my period much maybe 1 to 2 times a year but ive had my period twice now in a row and ive stard testin when im ovulating and its says yes ive testd 9 days in a row and they all stay that im ovulatin is this norm

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  • Sj

    Hi, I did the ovulation test and pregnancy test today early in the morning. The ovulation test strip showed darker test line than control line and the pregnancy strip showed faint test line. What does this indicate. And also we had intercourse last night and I didn’t urinate in between after sex. Does this has any influence on the test?

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  • Jeni

    I’m wondering about a similar issue: most ovulation window stats are for a brief time. I have long cycles (avg 37 days) and last month it said I had positive tests for 8 days… Is this right? Is there a way to narrow the ovulation window further? Thanks.

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  • DeAnna

    I saw the egg white mucus during the night last Thursday but we didn’t have sex until Friday night. Was that too late? Once you see the mucus how much time do you have, on average?

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  • Brian trent

    I had sec wit this girl Nov 29 and she had sex wit this dude on the 26 she came on her period the first of Dec and than told me she was a day pregnant on the third what’s the chances the baby mine

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  • Paola Zamora

    Hi my name is Paola I tested positive opk today what should do?

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  • Carrie

    I’m 9 weeks pregnant and just wondering exactly what day did I get pregnant? I ovulated the 25th of February, but only had sex the 19th and that day the 25th, could you please help in determining which date could’ve been the day that triggered this? Thank you

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  • Ana

    Lmp was 23 May, I got the positive opk 4 June, and again on 5 June, negative on 6 June. I had sex with one of my partners on May 31, June 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 9. And then has sex with a different partner on 10 June.
    I got a bfp on 15 June and with hcg level at 17. First ultrasound was 6 July at 6w2d based off lmp, and the baby measured at 5w6d.
    What are the odds that my first partner is the father of my child?

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