Pregnancy and Your Ovulation Schedule
If you are trying to get pregnant, understanding your ovulation schedule is important. If you can determine when ovulation will occur you will greatly increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Part of understanding your ovulation schedule also involves understanding your menstruation cycles. When menstruation occurs it is because the egg that was released during ovulation was not fertilized. What happens is that the body absorbs the egg and the uterine lining is shed, which causes menstruation.
Ovulation is when a woman releases a mature, unfertilized egg; for many women this will occur about 14 days into the menstruation cycle. This is the woman’s ovulation schedule. When the egg is released it makes its way to the fallopian tube; here it will wait to be fertilized. If fertilization does occur, the egg then moves down to the uterus.
Although the average ovulation schedule is 14 days into menstruation cycle, this is not always true for every woman. To increase your chances of becoming pregnant you will want a more definite prediction of when you will ovulate. Keep in mind that on day 14 the egg will be released, from that time fertilization can take place for up to 42 hours only. Even though this is a small window, when you consider the fact that sperm can live in the woman’s body for up to 72 hours, this can be helpful.
If you want to get pregnant, your best bet would be to follow this ovulation schedule and begin trying at about day 14 of your cycle. You will also want to keep in mind that every woman is different and may have a different schedule for ovulation. The 14-day rule is good for those that have 28-day cycles, but it is also normal for a woman to have 23 or 35-day cycles.
To get an exact ovulation schedule you can try taking your temperature every morning when you get up. A woman’s body temperature will rise slightly after she has ovulated. To get an accurate picture of when you ovulate you will have to do this every morning for about three cycles. If you are trying to predict ovulation this way it is very important that you keep good records and record your body temperature every morning.
There are also some physical changes that indicate when ovulation is taking place. When a woman is ovulating virginal discharge will change, becoming clearer and sticker. There may also be some ovary pain, and possibly some spotting as well.
Ovulation test kits are also very useful in determining a woman’s ovulation schedule. These kits are much like home pregnancy tests; only they are measuring the luteinizing hormone, which increases during ovulation. These tests are 98% accurate and can determine when you are ovulating.
For the prevention of pregnancy it is never a good idea to rely on an ovulation schedule. Always use another form of birth control to reduce your chance of becoming pregnant. If you find that you cannot become pregnant, even after determining when ovulation occurs, you may want to talk with your healthcare provider about fertility treatments.