If there is one thing worth keeping track, it is the date of your ovulation.
Why you ask? Because it represents a “tiny window” of possibility where you could conceive a baby.
So, either if you are planning or want to avoid any unwanted pregnancy, you should know everything about ovulation first before you get “Woo-hoo” in bed. But first, you need to know what is ovulation.
Ovulation is a phase of the monthly cycle every woman goes through after puberty. In this phase, a woman’s ovaries release a mature egg ready for fertilization. If there is no sperm to fertilize the egg, it will be shed together with the uterine lining during menstruation.
For the record, before ovulation, the lining of the uterus thickens to prepare for the egg to embed onto it. Plus, only one egg is released during ovulation and it can live up to 24 hours after leaving the ovaries.
Ovulation happens 12 to 16 days after period. For example, if your period is 28 days apart, it means that you will ovulate on the 14th day after your first day period.
If you are not planning to have any babies soon, avoid having sex during this time. To be safe, try not to have sexual intercourse near this time because sperms can live inside a woman’s uterus for up to 5 days.
If you are not sure when do you ovulate especially if you have an irregular period, fret not because there are three ways to know when you are actually ovulating!
When your estrogen gets high enough, your ovaries release an egg. Then your body starts to make progesterone hormone and it will make your body temperature rise slightly. In other words, your body temperature will rise during ovulation.
If you can’t tell the difference, track your body temperature every day before you get out of bed. After a few months, you will notice a pattern that shows when you ovulate.
You can buy this kits at any drugstore or local pharmacy. This test is similar to Urine Pregnancy Test (UPT) where it will test your urine to measure your level of luteinizing hormone (LH). A high amount of LH means that you are ovulating.
There are two types of ovulation symptoms:
Around 2 weeks after you had your period, your cervical fluid resembles raw egg white and it feels more stretchy and slippery.
Spotting, light cramping and breast tenderness is part of the sign that you are ovulating. Many were mistaken it for having a period twice a month or two weeks after period. How to tell the difference between ovulation or period symptoms?
Ovulation symptoms only last for a day or two, while menstruation symptoms can start as early as seven days before menstruation. In some extreme cases, it can start as early as 10 days before the D-day.
You are supposed to ovulate every month if you have a healthy menstrual cycle. However, it does not mean you will ovulate even though you have your period. The main reason behind this issue is that you are probably having a stressful life, overweight, over-exercise or over dieting.
If you are not sure, get yourself check at the clinic and seek for a doctor’s advice.