When am I ovulating? You might be asking about your ovulation period because you want to know when you should be prepared for getting pregnant. Ovulation is a process in which one of your two ovaries releases ripe ovum or egg. There are two ovaries that develop about 15 to 20 eggs in one 28-day period. Only the ripest of them is released through ovulation process. After being released, the egg is ready for fertilization. You are asking about when you are ovulating because you want to know the exact time you are producing an egg that is ready to be fertilized.
When Am I Ovulating Precisely?
So, when am I ovulating? If you have a regular menstrual cycle—you are on your period every 28 days—you should be ovulating 12 to 14 days before the start of your period. If you want to do some calculation, you can estimate the start day of your fertile period or fertile window on the 12th day starting from the first day of your period. This fertile period will continue until the 17th day, so you have roughly 6 days of the fertile period.
Within this 6-day period, one of your ovaries should release a ripe egg that is ready for fertilization. If you are prepared for getting pregnant, you should be sexually active during this period. If you want to avoid pregnancy, you should abstain from sexual intercourse during this period.
What if I don’t have a regular menstrual cycle? Indeed, not all women have a regular menstrual cycle. If your menstruation occurs irregularly, estimating the start of your fertile window is difficult. You can still use the regular 12th-to-17th-day calculation, but you should extend your fertile window by one week before and after the normal timeframe. You can also inspect some physical clues that happen to your body to determine your fertile window. We will discuss more about this later in this article.
What Happens to the Egg during My Fertile Period?
When you are entering your fertile window, your ovaries will get prepared to release an egg. This event will occur within the 6-day period. After the egg is released, it will survive for the next 24 hours, so it has roughly one day to meet sperm before it dies. The sperm, however, is not as weak as an egg because it can survive inside your vagina and uterus for about 5 days. If you are sexually active since about four days before entering your fertile window until the end of your fertile window, your chance of getting pregnant is relatively big.
What Happens to My Body during My Fertile Period?
Some physical phenomena will occur during your fertile period and these phenomena can be used as secondary indicators for your fertile window. Around the time of the ovulation, your body will produce a luteinizing hormone that tells the ovaries to release an egg. This hormone can be detected using ovulation predictor kit. You can get this kit to predict your ovulation period. Other possible physical clues include belly pain, thicker cervical mucus, increasing resting pulse rate, and feeling sexy. Those physical phenomena can help you answer your initial question, when am I ovulating?