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All about Ovulation

Your time of ovulation is one of the most important things to understand because ovulation is a key factor in getting pregnant.

Many women who’ve spent months trying to conceive have succeeded once they’ve understood more about ovulation. So read on, get to know the magical inner workings of your body, and good luck from all of us here at Huggies!

First of all, only you (or perhaps your doctor), can tell when you’re ovulating – provided you know the ovulation symptoms to look for during your menstrual cycle. So here we’ll tell you the symptoms of ovulation, show you how to use ovulation tools such as our online Ovulation Calculator, explain the mysteries of ovulation pain and more.

Knowing your time of ovulation could help your chances of conceiving a baby. To increase your chances of getting pregnant, you should have sex during the time spanning a few days before ovulation to about 24 hours after ovulation. The reason is that sperm can live up to five days but the egg survives for just 12 – 24 hours after ovulation.

When does ovulation occur during the menstrual cycle?

Contrary to popular myth, many women don’t ovulate on the 14th day of their cycle. Time of ovulation varies from woman to woman, and from month to month. If you have a 28 to 32 day menstrual cycle, ovulation may occur between days 11 through to 21. It’s worth remembering that ovulation is not exact or even predictable.

What is ovulation?

Ovulation is the fertile time of your menstrual cycle. It’s when a mature egg (sometimes there’s more than one) is released from one of the ovaries and swept down the fallopian tube. This is where fertilisation with sperm usually happens. Which one of your two ovaries releases the egg is anyone’s guess – they don’t necessarily take turns.

Sometimes there is a blockage in one or both fallopian tubes. This means that even if a woman is ovulating, the egg and sperm can’t get to each other for fertilisation to happen.

Here are some interesting facts about ovulation:

  • Time of ovulation can be affected by stress, illness or disruption of normal routines
  • Implantation of a fertilised egg normally takes place 6 – 12 days after ovulation
  • A woman is born with her lifetime quota of millions of immature eggs that are waiting for ovulation to begin
  • A menstrual period can occur even if ovulation hasn’t happened
  • Ovulation can occur even if there’s been no menstruation
  • Some women feel pelvic pain when they ovulate
  • Some women have been known to ovulate during their period and at other unpredictable times in their cycle
  • Each ovary normally releases one egg in alternate cycles – unless multiples are released.

Ovulation symptoms

You’ll be amazed by the signs and signals your body gives during your cycle. Some you may be aware of already, but you perhaps you’ve not realised they were symptoms of ovulation. Find out what to look for in the way of ovulation symptoms – including a rise in body temperature and, for some women, an increase in sexual desire.

Ovulation pain

Is that little ache in your lower abdomen a bout of indigestion or a sign a mature egg is about to be released and is now on the hunt for a sperm? Some women experience ovulation pain near their ovaries every month or just occasionally. Find out if you’re one of them.

Ovulation tests

Ovulation tests from the chemist can be an option to pinpoint the days in your cycle when you’re ovulating. Just bear in mind that their accuracy depends on how carefully the manufacturer’s recommendations are followed and also varies between individual women.

After ovulation

Two things can happen after ovulation: either the egg is fertilised and you’re in the very early stages of pregnancy, or conception didn’t take place this cycle and the unfertilised egg will be absorbed into the uterine lining and shed in your next menstrual period. Find out how you can tell the difference and what the different outcomes will mean for your body.