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.

Ovulation: Symptoms and Signs

There are several signs and symptoms to detect ovulation, and they include a biphasic temperature chart, positive OPK, and mittelschmerz. ... read more »

TTC after miscarriage

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Stop the Pill or Go on Vacation

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Fertility Saliva Ovulation Microscope

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Seven Fertility Myths Preventing You From Getting Pregnant

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Breastfeeding as Contraceptive

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Fertility during Menstrual Cycle

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How to Use an OPK

Using an ovulation prediction kit is very similar to using an at home pregnancy test. The kits are designed with sticks that are used to collect urine directly from the urine stream. ... read more »

How Big Should Follicles be on CD 3?

Women normally have thousands of immature follicles in their ovaries. Follicles deveop in the ovaries as they approach ovulation. On CD 3 your follicles really have not started to develop yet and are expected to be immature. ... read more »

When to See the Doctor After the Pill

I haven't had my period since I stopped the pill four months ago, should I see a doctor? ... read more »

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

What is Nautral Family Planning (NFP)? ... read more »

Progesterone Elevated

What does it mean to have an elevated progesterone level? ... read more »

What is the Post-Coital Test?

The Post-Coital Test assesses the interaction of the sperm and cervical mucus. It is often part of the evaluation when you have difficulty conceiving. ... read more »

After the Pill - Bleeding Irregularly

I stopped the pill two months ago but am bleeding irregularly. What does this mean? ... read more »

Cervical Position - How-To

How do I check my cervical position? ... read more »

Infertility Workup Before Clomiphene

Should everyone have an infertility workup? ... read more »

TTC after the IUD

IUD removed three months ago ... read more »

Light Menstrual Periods

After the pill my menstrual periods are light ... read more »

Sex before or on the day of EWCM?

The reason why it's suggested to make love regularly, two to three times per week, is not just to take the stress out of TTC. Making love frequently will probably get you pregnant faster. ... read more »

Coverline - When Is It Being Drawn

When your waking body temperature rises more than 0.2 or two-tenths of a degree higher than the previous six days, and it stays that way for at least two days, you can start drawing your coverline. ... read more »

Ovulation - Which Side?

A sonogram done several days before ovulation can sometimes determine if the "leading follicle" (the area in the ovary where ovulation will happen from) is in the right or the left ovary. This can usually predict where ovulation may happen. ... read more »

Menstrual Period and Getting Pregnant

Can I get pregnant while I have my period? ... read more »

Setting Ovulation and Coverline Visually

How is a visual interpretation of ovulation and coverline done? ... read more »

Pregnant During My Period

Can I get pregnant during my period? ... read more »

Ovulation Prediction

Are there any studies on ovulation prediction? ... read more »

Getting Pregnant With IUI After BBT Temperature Rise

What are my chances of getting pregnant via IUI after my basal body temperature (BBT) rise? ... read more »

Ovulation After Ectopic Pregnancy

Even with one ovary, you will likely ovulate every month. With two ovaries, ovulation does not usually change from one to the other ovary. Instead it happens at random. ... read more »

EWCM and Ovulation

EWCM is not a reliable enough indicator to pinpoint the exact day of ovulation. ... read more »

Ovulation Twice on BBT

What does ovulating twice look like on a basal body temperature (BBT) chart? ... read more »

BBT or EWCM?

Which is a more accurate indication of ovulation, basal body temperature (BBT) or egg-white cervical mucus (EWCM)? ... read more »

Hyperprolactinemia - Elevated Prolactin

Another word for elevated prolactin is hyperprolactinemia. There are many symptoms associated with this condition, though not all women with hyperprolactinemia have all of them. ... read more »

BBT - Drop in Temperature

Can I tell from my basal body temperature (BBT) if I am ovulating today? ... read more »

Menstrual Period After Miscarriage

After a miscarriage, it can take up to six to eight weeks for your ovulation to return to normal. And then it takes another two weeks for your period to come. ... read more »

Inhibin B

What does Inhibin B mean? ... read more »

Early Ovulation

Is early ovulation a problem? ... read more »

Long Cycles and Delayed Ovulation

A menstrual cycle with infrequent menstrual periods and cycles that are consistently longer than 35 days is also known as 'oligomenorrhea.' ... read more »

Biphasic Curve

The basal body temperature rises and stays up after ovulation because of the progesterone hormone being produced by the corpus luteum after ovulation. This hormone increases BBT. A typical biphasic curve has two distinct phases. ... read more »

Positive Pregnancy Test After Ovulation

When does the HPT become positive? ... read more »

I Had EWCM Egg White Cervical Mucus Twice

It is normal to observe ewcm egg white cervical mucus twice in a menstrual cycle. ... read more »

OPK

Why is the OPK test positive for so long? ... read more »

EWCM Only One Day

I had egg-white cervical mucus (EWCM) for one day, is this the ovulation day? ... read more »

FertilChart BBT Interpretation

The FertilChart guidelines to interpret your charts. ... read more »

Causes of Fertility Problems

The three major causes of infertility are sperm problems, ovulation problems, and fallopian tube problems. ... read more »

Implantation Dip on BBT

Could an implantation dip on my BBT chart mean that I am pregnant? ... read more »

BabyMed BBT Charts

Chart statistics for BBT charts rated and evaluated from January 1 to October 21, 2002. ... read more »

Timing of Sex and Ovulation

Timing of intercourse is when you try to make love only within a day or 2 of ovulation. ... read more »

How a Fertility Microscope works

How does the fertility and ovulation microscope work? ... read more »

Ovulation Predictor Kit Test Days

OPKs or ovulation predictor kits are tests that can be used to help you determine if and when you are ovulating. They work by detecting the level of gluteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine. ... read more »

What Day Does Ovulation Occur?

Does ovulation occur on the day of drop or day of rise of temperature? ... read more »

Fetal Heartbeat

When can the fetal heartbeat first be seen? ... read more »

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