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.

Timed Intercourse

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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

This Fertility Quiz is not just about making love but also about improving your fertility. There are many things you should and should not do to maximize your fertility. ... read more »

Long Menstrual Cycle and Basal Body Temperature BBT

The first thing to do if you have a long menstrual cycle is you should confirm that you are not pregnant by doing a pregnancy test. ... read more »

Sex and the Five Trimesters of Pregnancy

There are five distinct three-month periods trimesters associated with pregnancy and each one affects your sex life in distinctly different ways ... read more »

The Progesterone IUD Intra-Uterine Device and Contraception

Mirena is an intrauterine device system (IUD or IUS) which releases a progesterone called levonorgestrel into the uterus and prevents pregnancy. ... read more »

Cycles Too Short

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How Long Does An Egg Live?

After ovulation, the egg lives for about 12-24 hours. Fertilization can take place only during this time period, but the sperm needs at least 9-12 hours inside the woman's body to get ready. ... read more »

Spotting - What are the Causes?

What are the causes of spotting? There are many possible reasons, and a check-up with your doctor will help find out why you are experiencing spotting. Here are some causes. ... read more »

One Fallopian Tube

I am trying to get pregnant but have a unique issue. I don't have both of my fallopian tubes. How can I get pregnant with one fallopian tube? How much harder will it be to get pregnant? ... read more »

Breast Tenderness and Pregnancy

Is it normal to have breast tenderness 10 days after ovulation? Breast tenderness is among the typical symptoms of progesterone after ovulation, but it is also part of typical pregnancy symptoms. ... read more »

Ovulation: When Does it Happen After An hCG Injection?

Knowing when ovulation occurs after hCG injections, allows couples and doctors decide when to do IUI, intrauterine insemination and when to make love. ... read more »

When to Use Your OPK (Ovulation Predictor Kit)

At what time of the day should I test with my OPK (ovulation predictor kit)? ... read more »

Breast Tenderness and Menopause

Breast pain and tenderness after ovulationis due to an increase of the hormone progesterone. Breast tenderness during menopause is due to a hormone imbalance. ... read more »

Obesity and Time to Get Pregnant

Fertility for overweight and obese women can be significantly improved by losing weight, regardless of menstrual cycle regularity, parity, smoking habits and age. ... read more »

Diet and Dairy Food and Infertility

High intake of low-fat dairy foods diet may increase the risk of infertility whereas intake of high-fat dairy foods may decrease this risk. ... read more »

Clomiphene (Clomid)

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Clomiphene - Ovulation

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Clomiphene Regimen

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Motrin (Ibuprofen)

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Running and TTC

Does running interfere with me getting pregnant? ... read more »

Clomiphene - When Ovulation and Sex

When do I ovulate after Clomiphene and when should I have sex? ... read more »

Breastfeeding - Good Contraception

Does breastfeeding prevent pregnancy? ... read more »

Leading Follicle - What size?

The largest follicle ("leading follicle") is usually the follicle from where ovulation will occur. There is no uniform opinion as to the required size of the leading follicle. ... read more »

EWCM and Fertility

Are there any studies on Egg-White Cervical Mucus and fertility? ... read more »

Robitussin and Fertility

Does Robitussin help fertility? ... read more »

Fertility and Blood Groups

My husband and I have different blood groups. Does this affect fertility? ... read more »

Myth: Women Are Fertile Throughout Cycle

Myth: Women are fertile and can get pregnant at any time during their cycle. ... read more »

What Are My Odds of Having a Baby

Your chances and odds having a baby depend on three issues: Ovulation, Sperm, and Fallopian Tubes. ... read more »

Coverline and BBT Charting

The coverline is a horizontal line drawn in your basal body temperature BBT chart after ovulation has been established. ... read more »

Time of Implantation and Loss of Pregnancy

In most successful human pregnancies, the conceptus implants 8 to 10 days after ovulation. The risk of early pregnancy loss increases with later implantation. ... read more »

Diet and Lifestyle in the Prevention of Infertility

Following a fertility diet may favorably influence fertility in otherwise healthy women. Further, infertility cases due to ovulation disorders may be preventable through diet and lifestyle changes. ... read more »

What is Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate)?

What is Clomid and what is it used for? ... read more »

hCG injection before ovulation

The hCG shot contains a hormone call hCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin ... 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 »

Expert Fertility Basal Body Temperature BBT Chart Evaluation

BabyMed is the only fertility site where a real fertility expert looks at your fertility basal body temperature BBT chart and helps you identify ovulation and other information. ... read more »

Ovulation After OPK Turns Negative?

Ovulation does not necessarily happen after the OPK turns negative. It could happen, but that's not the rule. ... read more »

Fertility Saliva Ovulation Microscope

With a fertility ovulation saliva microscope you can predict fertility by viewing the visual changes that take place in your saliva throughout your cycle. ... read more »

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 »

Seven Fertility Myths Preventing You From Getting Pregnant

Read her more about the many myths and misconceptions about fertility and getting pregnant. ... read more »

Semen Is More Than a Vehicle for Sperm It Induces Ovulation

There is reason to believe semen contains a secret ingredient that promotes ovulation so the female body knows it’s time to get pregnant.   ... read more »

Vaginal Spotting

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TTC after miscarriage

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Stop the Pill or Go on Vacation

Should I stop the pill or go on vacation? ... read more »

Breastfeeding as Contraceptive

Does breastfeeding prevent me from getting pregnant? ... read more »

Length of Bleeding

Does the length of my menses (bleeding) have an effect on my menstrual cycle? ... read more »

Fertility during Menstrual Cycle

For how many days in my cycle can I get pregnant? ... read more »

Ovulation each month

Does a woman ovulate each month? ... read more »

After the Pill

When can I get pregnant and when should we have sex after the pill? ... read more »

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