- Why Do You Need to Know?
"What is ovulation cycle? How it relates to my monthly menstrual period? Why should I know about that? Can it increases my chances of getting pregnant?"
Ovulation cycle or normally called menstruation cycle refers to cyclical development and shedding of the uterus lining due. It is related to the process of releasing the egg by your ovaries, called ovulation. Please don't get confused. Again, ovulation is a process of releasing the egg by your ovaries. While, menstruation is the process of shedding uterine lining and discharge of blood. Get it? Good! :)
A normal cycle is around 28 days, but a variation of a few days can be quite normal and variations from cycle to cycle is also normal. The cycle starts at the first day of bleeding and lasts the day before your next bleeding.
While menstruation starts at day 1 of your ovulation cycle, ovulation will only occur in day 14 for an average woman. It occurs after the lining of the uterus has thickened in preparation for your fertilized egg. If conception has not taken place, the uterine lining as well as blood will be shed. Some interesting facts about ovulation cycle:
- Every woman is born with millions of immature eggs, awaiting ovulation to begin
- An egg (ovum) is the largest human cell in your body
- It can survive 1-2 days after leaving the ovaries
- Normally, only one egg is released each time of ovulation
- Some of you may experience some bleeding during ovulation
- Ovulation can be affected by stress, illness or disruption of normal routines
- Sperm can survive in your body around 2-4 days after intercourse
- Implantation of a fertilized egg normally takes place 6-12 days after ovulation
- Pregnancy is most likely if intercourse occurs anywhere from 3 days before ovulation until 2-3 days after ovulation
- If an egg is not fertilized, it disintegrates and is absorbed into the uterine lining
Once you understand your menstruation cycle, you can predict your own ovulation time - the most fertile time. How to predict? Like I said earlier, if you have a regular 28 days cycle, your ovulation may occur around day 14, but it varies, woman to woman. However, you can detect it if you can recognize any signs of ovulation, such as slight increase of your temperature and appearance of cervical mucus in your vagina. It is easier if you can afford to buy any ovulation predictor kits at your nearby pharmacy, which is a bit like a pregnancy test.
It is even better if you can track your ovulation timing because it will give a good idea of when pregnancy can or cannot occur. Having unprotected sexual intercourse if you know the right timing increases your chance to getting pregnant, for sure. Once ovulation has occurred, there is nothing else you can do except waiting for any early pregnancy symptoms.
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