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.

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Difference Between Ovulation and Anovulation

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Period Without Ovulation

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Late Ovulation

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Fetal Heart Beat

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Do I Have to Stop Breastfeeding to Get Pregnant?

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Basal Body Temperature and Air Conditioners

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Pregnancy Test: When Is it Usually Positive?

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Carbohydrates and Infertility

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Top Causes of Infertility

The three major causes of infertility covering over 80% of cases include ovulation problems, sperm problems, and fallopian tube problems, while 15% of couples have unexplained infertility. ... read more »

Ovulation Pain: Mittelschmerz

Mittelschmerz is the result of the distention of the ovary either shortly before, during, or after ovulation. ... read more »

Can I Take FertilAid And Clomid Together?

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What Happens If I Have No Cervical Mucus?

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Clomiphene Despite Normal Ovulation

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When Can I Get Pregnant After Stopping the Pill?

When can I get pregnant after stopping the pill? It is perfectly safe to start trying to conceive as soon as you stop the pill, but when you will conceive is a good question. ... read more »

Tracking Fertility: OPK vs. BBT

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Late Menstrual Period - What Next?

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Coverline: How To Draw It On Your Temperature Chart

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Abnormal BBT Chart

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Sex And Basal Body Temperature (BBT)

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Protein Intake and Ovulatory Infertility

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What Is An Estrogen Surge/Spike?

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Can Stress Delay My Period?

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OPK and PCOS

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and Im trying to get pregnant. Can I still use ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) to predict my ovulation or will my results be skewed? ... read more »

Can Female Orgasm Cause Ovulation?

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Can Ovulation Occur At Any Time During the Cycle?

I've heard that you can pregnant at any time of the month, but I'm not sure that is true. Can ovulation occur at any time during the cycle? Can it happen more than once? ... read more »

Is A Normal Menstrual Cycle 28 Days Long?

Menstrual cycles can vary from one woman to another as well as for each woman, and ovulation does not always happen on the exact same day, even in women with regular cycles. ... read more »

Egg Survival

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Can Obesity Prevent Ovulation?

Can obesity prevent ovulation? The presence of adipose or fat tissue in obese women leads to a decrease of sex hormone binding globulin, and an increase in androgens (male hormones). ... read more »

My Progesterone Was Low On Blood Test

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Spotting After Chemical Pregnancy

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Ovulation Problems Besides Not Ovulating

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Hypothyroidism - Anovulation

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IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) After hCG Shot

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28-Day Cycle And Ovulation

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Sperm Speed

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Fertility Awareness: Triphasic Curve

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Maximize Your Fertility Quiz by BabyMed.com

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Long Menstrual Cycle and Basal Body Temperature BBT

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The Female Body is Your Best Ovulation Predictor

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Sex and the Five Trimesters of Pregnancy

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Tubal Ligation or Sterilization For Contraception

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The Progesterone IUD Intra-Uterine Device and Contraception

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