OVULATION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
OVULATION is when a mature egg is released from the ovary. Approximately every month an egg will mature within one of ovaries. As it reaches maturity, the egg is released by the ovary where it enters the fallopian tube in order to be fertilized. If fertilization occurs, egg will attach to uterine wall.
KEY FACTS OF OVULATION
- An egg lives 12-24 hours after leaving the ovary
- Normally one egg is released each time of ovulation
- Ovulation can be affected by stress, illness or disruption of normal routines
- Implantation of a fertilized egg normally takes place 6-12 days after ovulation
- Woman is born with millions of immature eggs that are awaiting ovulation
HOW TO TRACK OVULATION
A woman’s monthly cycle is measured from the first day of her menstrual period until the first day of her next period.
On average, a woman’s cycle normally is between 28-32 days, but some women may have much shorter or much longer cycles.
Most women ovulate anywhere between Day 11 – Day 21 of their cycle, counting from the first day of the last menstrual period. Days when ovulation occurs is most fertile, cause the possibility to conceive in this period is highest.
In addition to the calendar method, there is a more accurate way of determining ovulation – tests using. For those who plan pregnancy, tests to determine ovulation will be a wonderful assistant, they are simple and easy to use. The principle of their action is based on determining the presence of luteinizing hormone, which is produced in the body of a woman during ovulation. Tests determine a surge of the hormone, a bright second strip on the test indicates that ovulation will come in the next 24-36 hours.