Couples trying to conceive: When do you ovulate?
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD writes:
If you are a hopeful mother to be, you probably have been hearing a lot of discussion about the importance of understanding your ovulation cycle. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests
Your doctor may have mentioned it, your OB/GYN may have asked about it, or you may have even heard it from a friend who is also trying to conceive. Your ovulation time is the most important factor when it comes to being fertile enough to become pregnant. It's when your egg drops into your uterus, making pregnancy possible. Here are some basic tips to find out the answer to the question your OB/GYN may ask - “When do you ovulate?”
Ovulation tip #1: Your Luteal Phase - The first thing you need to know about when you ovulate is that it happens right before your luteal phase. Your luteal phase ends the day before your period, and starts right after your ovulation. You will need to use an ovulation calendar or an ovulation predictor to find out when your luteal phase happens to be. On average, a woman's luteal phase lasts about 14 days, or half the length of her cycle. An average woman's cycle is 28 days long.
Ovulation tip #2: Body Temperature - Believe it or not, your body temperature might hold a key to finding out when you ovulate. When a woman is ovulating, or about to ovulate, her body temperature will raise slightly. It's a good idea to mark your temperature increase on your ovulation calendar as a reference.
Ovulation tip #3: Egg White Cervical Mucus - Not the scientific type? That's alright. You can use your ovulation symptoms as a guide to find out when you ovulate. A higher body temperature is the most concrete evidence, assuming that you don't have a fever from an infection. If you notice an increase in your vaginal secretion (clear), you are probably close to ovulating.
2 to 3 days before you ovulate, you will notice an increase in vaginal discharge – think egg whites, not usually clear – as a sign that you are fertile.
In very rare cases, slight bleeding from the vaginal area is a sign of your ovulation time getting close. This bleeding, called “spotting,” happens because the egg is dropping into the uterus. It's rarely more than one or two drops of blood.
Ovulation tips #4: Cramping or Spotting - A common symptom that can tell you when you are ovulating are cramps. If you feel cramps similar to those that you experience during your period, it means that you may be ovulating. However, both cramps and spotting are not definite signs of ovulation. In order to find out when it's best to try to conceive, you will need to talk to a doctor.
Ovulation tips #5: You Are What You Eat - Certain foods are known to increase that time window of fertility. Foods rich in folate are known for being “fertility foods.”
Ovulation tips #6: Ovulation Calendar - Using an ovulation calendar is a great way to find out if you are ovulating. You will need to chart your periods for at least 1 month, but ideally 3 months or more.
Knowledge is power. When you go to your next OB/GYN visit, ask questions which may help you find out when do you ovulate? The more you know about what you should look for, the faster you can get pregnant.
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