Ovulation; Do you really know what happens?

Ovulation:  By now, we have become familiar with AF, however do most of us really know what happens during ovulation?

When an egg matures and is released from the ovary, it travels down the Fallopian tubes and is ready to be fertilized. The uterine lining becomes thicker in preparation for egg fertilization and implantation if fertilized. If the egg does not become fertilized/conception does not occur, the uterine lining will shed (menstruation).

Factors Affecting Ovulation: 

  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Health & Wellness
  • Disruption to a woman’s normal routine

Facts about Ovulation:

  • Generally only one egg is released per cycle.
  • The egg lives approximately 12-24 hours after being released.
  • Women are born with millions of eggs; that number decreases as they age.
  • An egg that is unfertilized will disintegrate and be shed with the lining during menstruation.
  • Some women experience minor pain or discomfort when ovulating, some experience light spotting.

Some signs of ovulation:

Basal Body Temperature– a woman’s body temperature will rise sharply when her body has released an egg. The rise in body temperature is to stimulate progesterone. Charting your basal body temperature for a couple of months prior to TTC will get you familiar with your monthly cycle.

Cervical Mucus – the consistency, coloring and amount of the cervical mucus changes closer to a woman’s most fertile timeframe. This is where the term “egg whites” comes into play. The mucus is said to resemble the consistency and coloring of egg whites when you are most fertile.

Middle Pain– Many women may feel a slight twinge or discomfort in their lower abdomen, concentrated on one side when they ovulate.


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