What is ovulation?

Signs and symptoms of ovulation include mittelschmerz, light pelvic pain on one side of the pelvis, spotting, changes in cervical mucus, breast tenderness. Learning about signs and symptoms of ovulation help you predict fertility and find out if and when ovulation happens and when you should have sex to get pregnant. Women trying to get pregnant often become frustrated when they miss their period but have a negative pregnancy test. What most don't realize is that when trying to conceive, the single most important factor is finding out if and when ovulation happens. Ovulation is when the egg is ejected from the ovary. If you miss your period and you know if and when ovulation happened then there are only 2 possibilities. Either you are not pregnant and your period comes 15 or so days later, or you are pregnant and your period does not come 15+ days later.

If you don't know if and when ovulation happened, then you don't know when your period is supposed to come. Women who don't ovulate usually do not get their periods or they have irregular spotting and bleeding. There are several ways to find out if and when you ovulate. Some methods of finding out when you ovulate can be easily done at home, while others require more sophisticated testing. If you have a regular menstrual cycle, a fertility or ovulation calculator and calendar may be helpful. Your "fertility window" consists of the 5-6 fertile days of your menstrual cycle 4-5 days before and the day of ovulation when intercourse is most likely to result in pregnancy. This fertile window starting 5 days before the day of ovulation until the day of ovulation. Your most fertile of these days are the 2 days before plus the day of ovulation.

Will Aspirin Help Me Get Pregnant?

For the average woman trying to conceive, Aspirin won't make a difference in improving pregnancy outcome. However, there are rare cases where taking a baby aspirin a day may help maintain a pregnancy. ... read more »

When to Have Sex While Using Ovulation Predictor Kits

This may sound like a surprise, but having sex only after first getting a positive OPK may not get you pregnant at all. ... read more »

Your Fertile Window: The Best Time For Sex

The "Fertile Window" are the days in your cycle when intercourse is most likely to result in pregnancy. This fertile window last for 6 days — it begins 5 days prior to ovulation and lasts until the day of ovulation. ... read more »

Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK) Calculator: Find Out When You Will Conceive

You've been trying to get pregnant but do you know when is the optimal time to have sex? Before ovulating? During? Use our ovulation calculator to find out how many times to have sex and the optimal days to conceive! ... read more »

When Do You Ovulate and How Do You Know?

Finding out exactly if and when you ovulate should be the very first step in assessing your fertility when trying to get pregnant. ... read more »

Two Week Wait (2WW) Symptoms

What are the signs of pregnancy? Here are the 2WW symptoms (or two-week wait symptoms) that you can look for while you wait to see if you are actually pregnant! ... read more »

Is Late Ovulation a Problem?

Late ovulation (after CD 20-21) increases the risk of implantation failure and miscarriage. ... read more »

Ovulation and the Menstrual Cycle

The timing of the menstrual cycle and ovulation is one of the most important things a woman should understand about her body since it is the determining factor in getting pregnant. ... read more »

Multivitamins May Decrease Ovulatory Infertility

Regular use of multivitamin supplements may decrease the risk of ovulatory infertility. ... read more »

How to Get Pregnant Faster

Want to get pregnant as soon as possible? This plan will help you have the baby of your dreams! ... read more »

Pregnancy, Fertility, and Trying To Conceive

Check out our top fertility and pregnancy FAQs first, and then find valuable resources to help you on your journey to a healthy pregnancy! ... read more »

Top Getting Pregnant, Fertility and Pregnancy FAQs

Many couples trying to get pregnant have questions which are answered by the babyMed FAQs. ... read more »

Cervical Mucus, Implantation, and Pregnancy

Can I find out if I am pregnant from my cervical mucus? It's a question many women ask. ... read more »

Ejaculate and Cervical Mucus

When can CM be checked after intercourse? ... read more »

Progesterone and Pregnancy: What Levels Are Optimal?

Progesterone does a lot before and during pregnancy, and if your levels are low, you may have a problem with ovulation. ... read more »

Can I Get Pregnant With Only One Ovary?

Can you get pregnant if you only have one ovary? Do you ovulate with one ovary How does conception occur? ... read more »

Egg White Cervical Mucus (EWCM)

Egg white cervical mucus ( EWCM) is a type of cervical fluid that is produced right before ovulation, during a time when you are most fertile. ... read more »

Implantation and Menstrual Cramps and Cramping

For many women cramps and cramping are a normal part of their menstrual cycle, while for others it may signify implantation cramps and pregnancy. ... read more »

Getting Pregnant After Miscarrriage

How long after a miscarriage should I wait before getting pregnant? ... read more »

Anovulation: Why Am I Not Ovulating?

Anovulation, or not ovulating, is the #1 cause of female infertility and usually leads to infertility and menstrual cycle irregularities. ... read more »

All About the Birth Control Pill

Current birth control pills are more than 99-percent effective at preventing pregnancy. ... read more »

Ovulation The BIG O: What Is It And Why It's Important

"How do I know whether I am ovulating?" is one of the most important and frequent questions we get on BabyMed. There are several ways to find out if you are ovulating. Some of these you can do yourself at home. Others require help from your doctor. ... read more »

Ovulation Induction Stimulation of Ovulation

Induction of ovulation is usually done with medications to help a woman ovulate and get pregnant. ... read more »

Implantation Timing: When does Implantation happen?

Implantation of the embryo to the uterine lining happens on average 9.1 days after ovulation/fertilization with a range of 6-12 days. ... read more »

Good Eggs and Bad Eggs: Ovarian Reserve Testing

A thorough assessment of egg quality through ovarian reserve testing is the most important fertility test that a physician does. ... read more »

What Is Implantation?

"What is implantation?" Find out what it is, when it occurs, and what its symptoms are. ... read more »

Clomid: Everything You Need To Know

The most important thing to know is that Clomid is a medication to induce ovulation, not necessarily pregnancy. Clomid will not get you pregnant alone. Here is all you need to know about Clomid. ... read more »

How Long Does Sperm Survive?

Knowing just how long sperm lives is important whether you want to know how to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy. The answer changes depending on where the sperm is and the environment. ... read more »

Charting and Counting: A Man’s Guide to Ovulation

Learn all about ovulation and how to track it using fertility charts and counting. ... read more »

New Year’s Resolution: Get in Shape to Improve Fertility

You want to get pregnant but where do you start? Reaching optimal health is the best way to begin. ... read more »

How Long Before Pregnancy After Stopping The Pill

The birth control pill commonly referred to as simply 'The Pill,' supplies hormones to the body essentially tricking the body into thinking it's pregnant. ... read more »

Ovulation Symptoms and Signs

When trying to conceive, the single most important factor is finding out if and when you ovulate. Find out what signs to look for that indicate you may be ovulating. ... read more »

My Infertility Journey: Intrauterine Insemination

After diagnosing us with unexplained infertility, our reproductive medicine doctor went over our options with us. The first two things she recommended were intrauterine insemination and in-vitro fertilization. ... read more »

Can Changes in Your Cervix Diagnose Pregnancy?

For women who track their cervical position in order to determine fertility, many wonder if there is a correlation between the position of the cervix and early pregnancy symptoms and diagnosis. ... read more »

Why Are My Breasts Sore After Ovulation?

Why are my breasts be sore and tingling after ovulation? There can be several reasons for breast soreness, ranging from an impending menstrual period to a pregnancy. ... read more »

Do I Ovulate When on the Pill?

How do birth control pills work? The way most birth control pills work is by preventing ovulation. ... read more »

Can Long-Term Use of Birth Control Pills Cause Infertility?

 The birth control pill has been around for decades and despite clinical study and assurance from the prescribing physician, women continue to hear negative rumors about possible side effects of taking the pill. ... read more »

Methods of Finding Out When and If You Ovulate

Predicting ovulation and find out exactly if and when you ovulate is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your chances of getting pregnant. ... read more »

Can You Use an OPK as a Pregnancy Test?

OPKs have a high false positive as well as a high false negative rate for being pregnant. If an OPK is positive, you could still NOT be pregnant, and if it's negative you could still be pregnant. ... read more »

Medical Therapy in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Periconception and Preconception Interview

The periconception and preconception interview will help you identify issues and help you have a healthier pregnancy. ... read more »

Fertility & Ovulation Calculator and Calendar Predictor

This free ovulation calculator and fertility calendar and ovulation predictor calculates your fertile days, when you ovulate, and helps you improve your fertility and chances of getting pregnant. ... read more »

OPK Ovulation Predictor Calculator

The OPK Ovulation Predictor Calculator calculates when to start testing for the LH surge as well as your expected date of ovulation based on the first day of your last period and your cycle length. ... read more »

Interactive Pregnancy Wheel

Calculate baby's due date and keep track of pregnancy milestones with this interactive pregnancy wheel. ... read more »

hCG Levels and Pregnancy Testing

This article is about normal hCG pregnancy hormone levels implantation symptoms and bleeding and early pregnancy tests ... read more »

When Does Implantation Bleeding and Spotting Happen?

Implantation happens on average nine days (6-12 days) after ovulation and fertilization. Some women report having implantation symptoms like implantation bleeding or implantation cramping. ... read more »

Preconception and Periconception Care and Trying To Conceive

Preconception and periconception care are important aspects of your prenatal care and your way to improve your chances having a healthy pregnancy ... read more »

When Do I Ovulate - Finding Out When and If You Ovulate

Ovulation is the key factors in fertility and knowing the methods of finding out when and if you ovulate is important to improve fertility. ... read more »

Ovulation Pain (Mittelschmerz) Before or After Ovulation?

Does ovulation pain (Mittelschmerz) come before or after ovulation? ... read more »

The BIG O - It's All About Ovulation

Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovary. Ovulation is essential when trying to get pregnant and unless you are pregnant your period usually begins 14 days after ovulation ... read more »

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