Last week we spoke about the Menstruation, and the whole process that our body goes through each month. Today we will be having a look at the culprit behind the menstrual cycle, and why our bodies go through all that hassle in the first place: Ovulation!
Ovulation is when the ovary releases an egg, hoping to meet a sperm along the way and get fertilized. But our bodies are not fertile every day of the month, women can only get pregnant a few days in each cycle. So let’s dig a bit deeper into ovulation and really understand what is happening.
When does ovulation occur?
Since every women’s cycle is different, its impossible to pinpoint one day for all women when ovulation occurs. But most research studies have shown that ovulation is likely to occur 14 days before your next period. This means that if your menstrual cycle takes:
- 28 days, you will most likely ovulate on Day 14.
- 35 days, you will most likely ovulate on Day 21
- 21 days, you will most likely ovulate on Day 7
How do I know if I’m ovulating?
Whether you’re trying to avoid pregnancy or looking to conceive, knowing when you’re ovulating is important. So these are the things you should look out for:
- Check your vaginal discharge: Typically, it becomes slippery and clear (like an egg white) a few days before ovulating. This helps the sperm to move along easily up into the fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg.
- You might feel minor cramps in your lower abdomen
- Pee on a stick! Well not any stick, but yes you read that right. You can pee on an ovulation testing kit. The kit would detect Luteinizing Hormone which starts to increase about 36hours before ovulation and peaks 12 hours before ovulation.
- Check your temperature: Your basal temperature (ie. Your resting temperature) will rise slightly when you’re ovulating. In fact there our apps that use highly tuned thermometers as a contraceptive method.
What affects ovulation?
There are times when ovulation wouldn’t occur at all, for example:
- Pregnant women, or those on hormonal birth control don’t ovulate
- Breastfeeding women might not ovulate
- Women who are going through early menopause, menopause or after menopause usually do not ovulate
- Conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, Anorexia or Obesity, Endocrine Disorders, Stress and Sleep disturbances may all negatively affect ovulation
Do you have any questions about your ovulation?
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Plus, we’ll be posting new articles every Monday! But in the meantime, why don’t you hop over to our Erotica Section and take 5 minutes of your day to enjoy yourself? 😉
Love, Nina Lessi