you are trying to conceive a child, one of the most important factors
to keep in mind is when you will ovulate.
is defined as
when your ovaries release one or more eggs into the fallopian tubes
each month. This process may be performed by either ovary. The ovary
that will actually release an egg is more or less random and
necessarily alternate between ovaries each ovulation cycle.
ovulation cycle is particularly important when considering the best
time to have intercourse in order to conceive, since an unfertilized
egg will only live for up to 24 hours after ovulation occurs, whereas
sperm may live for up to 2 or 3 days. As a result, the best chance of
conception will occur 1 to 2 days prior to ovulation and up to 24
hours after ovulation occurs. Generally, a normal fertile couple has
a 25 percent chance of conception each ovulation cycle.
predictor can be very useful in
determining when your
ovulation cycle will begin and end. Ovulation predictor kits measure
the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine, which can help
determine when ovulation will occur. If used correctly, an ovulation
predictor can often predict whether ovulation will occur 24 to 36
hours in advance.
signs of ovulation also include the following:
in cervical mucus. As an ovulation cycle progresses, your cervical
mucus will change in texture and increase in volume as well. This
indicates that the estrogen levels in your body are rising in
response to ovulation. When your cervical mucus becomes clear,
slippery and stretchy, this is when you are considered to be the most
body temperature rises. This is a very slight change in temperature,
ranging from 0.5 to 1.6 degrees and will not be noticeable unless you
check your temperature using a basal body temperature (BBT)
thermometer. This temperature change is stimulated by release of the
hormone progesterone in your body. You will be at your most fertile
in the 2 or 3 days before the temperature reaches a high point. If
you want to use body temperature as an ovulation
predictor, it is
recommended that you take your temperature every morning for a few
months and chart the results to determine the pattern and narrow down
the most likely date you will ovulate.
in your lower abdomen. Some women may feel signs of ovulation, which
may be anything from a mild ache to twinges of pain. This is referred
to as mittelschmerz, and may last from a few minutes up to a few
may also be helpful in predicting an ovulation cycle if you have a
regular menstrual cycle. If your menstrual cycle occurs regularly,
count back about 12 to 16 days from the beginning of your menstrual
cycle each month in order to predict when ovulation will take place.
the end, each woman is different. Ovulation does occur on a fairly
regular cycle, but there is no set date for when the ovulation cycle