The 7 babymaking rules you must know: What is ovulation?
Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD writes:
If you're ready to start trying to conceive, perhaps the most important step you can take in getting pregnant will be familiarizing yourself with what is ovulation. We will explain why women should be concentrating on tracking its arrival and its importance while trying to get pregnant. Receive 20 Free Ovulation Tests
Fun fact #1: Pinpointing the day - A woman isn’t fertile all the time, and very specific times during the month are the best days to conceive. The answer to the question, “What is ovulation?” can be generalized as the most fertile time of your cycle. However, there is a lot more to it than just this simplification.
Fun fact #2: Ovulation explained - When a woman is undergoing ovulation, she is releasing a new egg into her uterus. She is most fertile during this time, because the egg is new, the hormone levels are right, and the conditions are just right for implantation. During ovulation, a mature ovarian follicle (also known as an egg) is pushed out of the ovary, down the fallopian tubes, and waits for your partner's sperm to implant it. Without an egg present in your uterus, you cannot get pregnant. Therefore, knowing when you ovulate is key to conceiving as soon as you can.
Fun fact #3: Ready, set, ovulate - Timing ovulation is dependent on a woman’s menstrual cycle, which is controlled by your hypothalamus gland. During the start of your menstrual cycle, your body is releasing follicle stimulating hormones that help mature one of the ovarian follicles into a viable egg. During this time, your estrogen levels slowly rise. Once your estrogen levels peak, your body will receive a signal that your eggs are mature and ready to be released. During this time, your estrogen production drops, and your luteinizing hormone production starts to increase.
Fun fact #4: Babymaking time - It’s the luteinizing hormone that causes ovulation to happen. This hormone pushes the egg through the ovarian walls, and also signals the second half of your menstrual cycle. The actual act of ovulation might only take 24 to 36 hours, but the fact is that it varies depending on the woman’s normal menstrual cycle, her health, and also her current hormone levels. The process of ovulation leaves the corpus luteum ready to release progesterone. The progesterone that is released thickens the uterine lining, and prepares your uterus for possible implantation. If you do end up becoming pregnant, your progesterone levels will continue to rise. Otherwise, progesterone levels will decrease, and you should expect your period to begin in approximately two weeks.
Fun fact #5: Knowledge is power - Most women who want to conceive make an effort to track their ovulation, because of the fact that it gives them a huge advantage when it comes to getting pregnant. Getting the timing right, in many cases, can make or break a woman’s chance of conceiving. Moreover, if you aren’t able to ovulate, you cannot get pregnant. Needless to say, ovulation is a very important part of a woman’s reproductive cycle. In fact, it is the most critical factor of a woman’s ability to reproduce.
Fun fact #6: Your peak fertility - Fortunately, obstetricians, as well as gynecologists, have developed plenty of ways to figure out when your ovulation might be occurring. A woman is typically considered to be fertile a few days before, and a few days after her ovulation day. As a rule of thumb, a woman’s ovulation will typically occur in the middle of her cycle, although this can vary between women.
Fun fact #7: Track your ovulation - Learning about your ovulation time, as well as more about the hormones that are released during ovulation will help you immensely as you try to get pregnant. The best way to find out the most information that you can get about your own ovulation cycle is to consult with your ObGyn. Every woman is different, and there is a chance that you might be slightly more or less fertile than others. Additionally, you should also begin charting your menstrual cycles every month to pinpoint the time that you ovulate. Once you've mastered tracking your day of ovulation, you'll be able to time intercourse a day or two prior to the day of ovulation to give you and your partner the best chance to successfully get pregnant.
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