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.

Obese Couples and Infertility

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When To Expect Your Menstrual Period After Giving Birth

A regular Menstrual Period or Bleeding after Birth and Delivery Of The Baby usually come when you start ovulating again. This can last between 3-9 months on average. Breastfeeding may or may not prolong that time. ... read more »

What Is A Fertility Monitor?

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Triphasic Temperature Rise and Pregnancy

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Ovulation Prediction Methods: OPKs Ovulation Predictor Kits

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Cervical mucus assessment can be useful to time intercourse

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Worms May Hold Key to Fertility

Worms (nematodes) had a surprising gift to reproduce sex cells and viable eggs. ... read more »

Pelvic Pain Causes

Many women experience pelvic pain at some time during their lives and most of the time pelvic pain is just the normal functioning of the reproductive or other organs. But not all pelvic pain is normal. ... read more »

Should You Supplement With Progesterone?

There is no real agreement among doctors whether giving progesterone early in pregnancy will improve pregnancy outcome. ... read more »

Ovulation-Induction Medications

What medications are available to induce ovulation? ... read more »

Testing the OPK at the Right Time of Day

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Bromocriptine (Parlodel)

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Timing of Sexual Intercourse in Relation To Ovulation

Among healthy women trying to conceive, nearly all pregnancies can be attributed to intercourse during a six-day period ending on the day of ovulation. ... read more »

Five Steps to Get Ready For A Healthy Pregnancy

Getting pregnant should be fun but sometimes it's not so easy. Find out how to improve your chances getting pregnant. Tools, charts, tips, advice and more. ... read more »

Ovulation Induction Management of PCOS

Among PCOS patients who are overweight or obese, weight loss is the most physiologic method of inducing ovulation. ... read more »

Improving Fertility with Fat? Some Fat May Be Good For You

Should you diet and eat a low-fat diet when you want to get pregnant? Hold on: Some fat is good for you. ... read more »

FSH Shot and Ovulation

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Difference Between Ovulation and Anovulation

What is anovulation? What is the difference between ovulation and anovulation? ... read more »

Period Without Ovulation

Is it possible to get my period without ovulation? ... read more »

Basal Body Temperature and Air Conditioners

Since tracking your basal body temperature to identify rises in temperature could signal that you ovulating, what effect do air conditioners have on BBT and getting pregnant? ... read more »

Carbohydrates and Infertility

The amount and quality of carbohydrate in diet may be important determinants of ovulation and fertility in healthy women. ... read more »

Can I Take FertilAid And Clomid Together?

Can I take FertilAid and Clomid together? FertilAid's proprietary blend unites select herbal ingredients that have been shown to enhance fertility and increase the chances of conception. ... read more »

Clomiphene Despite Normal Ovulation

Why would Clomiphene help if I ovulate regularly? ... read more »

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

Which is a better method of tracking fertility — using an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) or basal body temperature (BBT) charting? What works better to determine when I am ovulating? ... read more »

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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Protein Intake and Ovulatory Infertility

Replacing animal sources of protein with vegetable sources of protein may reduce ovulatory infertility risk. ... read more »

What Is An Estrogen Surge/Spike?

What is an estrogen surge/spike? Just prior to ovulation you may have an “estrogen surge or spike” — a marked increase in the presence of estrogen. ... read more »

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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Egg Survival

Sperm usually reach the fallopian tube and the egg within minutes after intercourse. But the first sperm reaching the egg cannot fertilize the egg because they are not ready yet. ... read more »

My Progesterone Was Low On Blood Test

I recently had a progesterone blood test level done on CD 21 and it was 0.5 ng/ml. Is that low progesterone level a problem? What does low progesterone mean? ... read more »

Spotting After Chemical Pregnancy

I just had a chemical pregnancy and now I'm spotting. Is spotting after chemical pregnancy normal? After a chemical pregnancy, it may take some time for your body to return to its regular rhythm. ... read more »

Ovulation Problems Besides Not Ovulating

I know I am ovulating, but still having trouble getting pregnant. What could go wrong with my ovaries besides not ovulating? What else can effect ovarian function? ... read more »

Hypothyroidism - Anovulation

I have a low thyroid condition, can that be a cause of my ovulation problems? ... read more »

Long Menstrual Cycle and Basal Body Temperature BBT

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Cycles Too Short

Are short menstrual cycles a problem? ... read more »

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?

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One Fallopian Tube

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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 »

Semen Is More Than a Vehicle for Sperm It Induces Ovulation

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