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Understanding and tracking your menstrual cycle is one of the key ways you canfigure out when you are ovulating and releasing an egg that can befertilized with your husband’s or partner’s sperm.
Theoptimal period when pregnancy can occur is usually six days beforeovulation.
Womenwho have a 28-day cycle, on average, ovulate on day 14, but ovulationcan occur between days 11 and 21. Generally, ovulation occurs 14 daysbefore the onset of your next menstrual cycle.
Trackingyour cycle is the first step when you are palnning for conception:
Themost fertile time for a woman without any fertility problems to getpregnant is six days before ovulation. You also can get pregnant12-24 hours after your egg has been released if sperm is present. Ittakes about six hours for sperm to reach the fallopian tube.
Bodilysignals of ovulation
Cervicalmucus and vaginal secretions are two important signs that ovulationis near. They start to increase five to six days before ovulation,peaking at two to three days before the egg is released.
Cervicalmucus becomes more transparent and ‘stretchier’ and has aconsistency similar to egg whites, which helps sperm swim to the egg.
Somewomen experience a heightened sense of smell, breast tenderness,abdominal pain and, perhaps, increased libido or light spotting astheir body gets ready to ovulate.
Moreover,other ways to check on Ovulation includes; Ovulation Calender(link), Checking Basal Body Temperature and Urine Tests Kit which arean Ovulation Prediction Kit (OPK) itwill test your urine for luteinizing hormone (LH) andfollicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), the two hormones that increasearound 36 hours before ovulation when estrogen levels peak.
Tounderstand Ovulation is cardinal as if a couple is trying toconceive, the first and the foremost task is to check your regularityor Ovulation Cycle. The timing of the Ovulation and continuity of thecycle should be regularly checked. If your cycle is irregular it istime you might want to check the above mentioned ways to check theovulation cycle.
Sure,you get a period every month, or every few weeks, or every fewmonths, or maybe irregularly (every body is different!). But there’sa lot you might not know about what’s going inside your body.
Braintriggers Ovulation:Hypothalamus, a region of the brain that connects the nervous andendocine systems and release Gonadotropin releasing hormone whichkicks off the ovulatory cycle. That hormone basically activates thepituitat gland in the brain itself to produce other hormones likeLuteinizing hormone and Follicle stimulating hormone, which thenstimulates ovaries to other hormones namley Estrogen and Progesteronethat starts Ovulation.
OvariesOveracts - Most women have two ovaries, one on the right and one on the left.During the first week or so after your periods begin, both ovarieswork hard growing follicles that could become mature eggs. Around theday 7, one egg becomes Dominant Egg and th \e other follicles in bothovaries take a load off, that is they eventually degenerate. Theseotherwise “lost eggs” are the ones that are matured,retrieved and preserved during egg freezing. The Dominant Eggcontinues to grow in preparation for her rleease arounf day 14.
Eachmonth, only one ovary develops a Dominant Mature Egg. But which ovarydevelops the Dominanat Egg isn’t a simple left-right-left-rightalternation, nor is it purely random. Multiple studies have showen,it is likely due to anatomical differences between the right and leftsides of the reproductive system, the rightovary issignificantly more likely to serve as the palace for your DominantEgg.
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