Understanding Ovulation: How to Track Your Fertility and Expect Your Period
What is Ovulation?
Ovulation is an important part of a woman’s menstrual cycle, and occurs between periods. It refers to the moment a woman’s ovary releases an egg, making it possible for pregnancy to occur. But do you know how to track your ovulation days, and how to use them to help you get pregnant (or not!)? In this blog post, we’ll tell you exactly that. So read on!
Ovulation and Fertility
“Ovulation” is the period of time of the month (typically 1 to 2 days) during which a woman is most likely to get pregnant after penis-in-vagina intercourse. A woman’s egg is only viable (able to be fertilized by a man’s sperm) for about 12-24 hours after it has been released; so if sperm is present during that time, fertilization can occur. That’s why tracking your ovulation days can be helpful if you’re trying to get pregnant.
How to Track Ovulation Days
There are a few ways to track the days in your cycle when you’re most fertile (most likely to become pregnant). One way is to use an ovulation tracker! These are kits that can be found in most pharmacies. They work by measuring the level of luteinizing hormone (also known as LH), which can be detected in the urine. LH normally increases just before ovulation—so when your LH level is high, it’s a good indication that you’re likely to ovulate within the next 24 to 36 hours.
Another way to check ovulation is probably something you wouldn’t expect. It involves feeling your cervix! Your cervix (the very “top” of the inside of your vagina) will get slippery just before ovulation; producing a clear, stretchy mucus that means your body is preparing to make it easier for a sperm to reach an egg. You may find it difficult to reach and figure out on your own—so if you have a partner, have them help you. They’ll also be able to help in figuring out how and when during the month your cervical mucus changes the most.
There are many misconceptions about ovulation! We’ve listed a few, below.
You can only become pregnant on the same day you ovulate.
Ovulation always occurs on day 14 of the menstrual cycle.
If a woman does not become pregnant after trying for many months, it means she cannot ovulate.
That’s all we have on ovulation, for now! To learn more about pregnancy myths and risks, reproduction, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other sexual health topics, message askNivi on WhatsApp. It’s 100% free, 100% confidential, and can even recommend specific health services and resources in your area. So start chatting, today!