All you need to know about ovulation.
What is Ovulation?
Ovulation is just one part of the menstrual cycle that is crucial to getting pregnant. During this time the ovary will release a mature egg. It will then travel down the fallopian tube where if it is fertilized, a woman becomes pregnant.
During ovulation, the walls of the uterus thicken, preparing for a fertilized egg. However, if the egg is not fertilized by sperm, the uterus then sheds the lining of the uterus wall and the unfertilized egg. When this occurs, a woman is having her menstrual period.
When does Ovulation Occur?
Many people believe ovulation occurs 12-14 days after a woman's last period. However, the timing varies for each woman. Some women can ovulate as early as 11 days after their period, or even as late as 21 days. When a woman ovulates, this is the best time to become pregnant.
Signs of Ovulation:
Not sure if you're ovulating? If you are experiencing breast tenderness, abdominal pain specifically on one side, increased energy level and libido, you may be ovulating. The easiest way to check for ovulation is an over-the-counter ovulation kit.
Does every woman ovulate?
No. Having a period does not necessarily equal ovulation. Some women experience blocked fallopian tubes, which does not allow them to ovulate.
If you are not ovulating, and want to conceive, it is important to reach out to your doctor. There are many oral medications and treatments available that can help women ovulate. Problems with ovulation could be a sign of infertility.