How To Know When Your Ovulating
Finding out when you are ovulating can give some relief to your journey when trying to convince, This article will help answer some of these ovulation questions; how long does ovulation last? when do you ovulate?. Firstly let’s explain what is ovulation.
What is Ovulation & When Am I Most Fertile?
Ovulation can be described as when a mature egg/ovum is released from a woman’s ovarian follicle. Ovulation usually takes place in the middle of a menstrual cycle. When an Ovum is released, it has the capability of being fertilized within 12 to 24hrs. In the instance where fertilization occurs, a process in the fallopian tube and then implanted into the uterus is when pregnancy results. If an ovum doesn’t get fertilized, it normally disintegrates when 24hrs lapses, and eventually, it will be passed out of the reproductive tract in the period when a woman is menstruating. The Ovum comes out with the endometrium when it is shedding; this usually begins around 14days after ovulation. So, when trying to conceive, it is vital to know your most fertile window to track ovulation.
How can I tell when I’m ovulating?
During ovulation it is the period when a woman’s fertility is at its peak; the most fertile period begins five days before ovulation. The fertile period will end about 24hours after an ovum is released.
Male sperm can survive in a woman’s body for approximately five days; the fertility period is normally longer than just the 24 hours in which the Ovum lives after being released. To increase the chances of conception and pregnancy, it is vital to predicting your peak fertile days and, most importantly, the date of ovulation. So, to ensure that your chances of getting pregnant are maximized, We recommend several tested and proven methods to be able to tell when you are ovulating
Testing for ovulation and an LH surge by using Ovulation Strip Tests (OPK) or Midstream tests is one of the easiest ways to predict ovulation along with Basal body temperature charting via an ovulation thermometer (BBT)
Physical signs that you are ovulating
Here are seven of the main signs that you are ovulating:
- Your basal body temperature falls slightly, then rises again. Your basal temp reaches its lowest point when you are just before ovulation and then will spike back up as soon as you are ovulating
- The cervix softens and opens up just before ovulation, Your cervix normally sits higher and more back. it may be so high you are unable to reach it.
- You may notice some light spotting also known as ovulation bleeding
- Cervical mucus changes to more slippery and thinner which can be similar to egg whites. Egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) is the ideal environment for sperm
- Ovulation pain which is also called mittelschmerz, recognising lower abdomen pain can help pinpoint ovulation.
Breast Tenderness is the hormones your body produces entering your body right before and after ovulation.
- Your vulva and vagina may appear slightly swollen, this occurs right before ovulation and usually on the side that you will ovulate from.
I’m ovulating & Timed Intercourse
Timed intercourse is exactly that, scheduling sexual intercourse around your most fertile period. When trying to conceive, the best time to do so is before and during ovulation. A woman is most fertile from about five days before she ovulates until 24 hours after ovulation. Paying attention to your body is one of the best ways to determine your most fertile time. using easy tools like ovulation predictor kits and spotting the physical changes that can indicate ovulation to aid in pinpointing your fertility window. If you have sex several times during this time, your chances of pregnancy increase
Luteinizing Hormone Surge when your ovulating
The Luteinizing hormone facilitates ovulation. In the course of the menstrual cycle, normally, only small amounts of LH are produced by a woman’s body, and then in the middle of the cycle, the LH dramatically increases for a brief period. The increase in the luteinizing hormone levels is known as “LH Surge,” which comes before ovulation. During this time, a woman is most likely to ovulate within 36 hours following the LH surge.
Ovulation Strip Tests VS Ovulation Midstream Tests.
The use of the Ovulation Tests is to detect LH surge is an easy at-home way to tell if your ovulating. Both the strip test and instream test work in the same way, both tests soak up the sample through the adsorbent pad and at the bottom of the test, the sample travels up the test. This is where test-specific antigens react with a provided sample resulting in a coloured line if the hormone or specific chemical is present in the given sample. Our Fertility2Family ovulation tests are highly sensitive (25mIU/ml LH) with an accuracy of 99%
Ovulation Strip Tests
Strip style tests are 3.5mm wide that is used by a collection of your urine in a collection cup, dipping the to the max line and allowing enough of a sample to be collected by the absorbent pad. We do not recommend urinating directly onto the OPK as this can cause too much of a sample to be collected and can be quite messy.
They are a super affordable way to test for ovulation throughout your whole cycle and give you the freedom to be a Pee On A Stick addict (POAS) able to test for your peak ovulation window as often as you want and not miss exactly when you are ovulating.
Ovulation Midstream Tests
The Midstream LH ovulation tests are easy to use and it doesn’t require collecting and handling a urine sample. By putting the wick tip into the stream of urine allowing it to get thoroughly wet, Replacing the cap and lay the test stick down on a flat surface with the window facing up. Our Midstream Ovulation Test Instructions explain when to start testing during your cycle.
The benefits of an instream test are that they are easier to use, less messy and some women find them easier to read.
The tests mentioned above show different benefits when used to detect if you are ovulating; the choice really depends on what suits you. Ovulation tests only indicate when ovulation is about to occur between 12-36hrs, which allows a woman to plan for Intercourse 2 to 3days in advance before ovulation, thus increasing the chances of getting pregnant. Using either the ovulation predictor kits, plus other methods discussed in the article may be vital, especially to those women trying to conceive who want to know exactly when they are ovulating.