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Ovulation, the right timing

Ovulation, the right timing


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Do you want to have a child? To put the odds on your side, it is recommended to know as much as possible your ovulation period. Our advice to recognize it and calculate it.

The ovulation period, what is it?

  • During the first part of the menstrual cycle, an oocyte (future ovum) develops for several days in a follicle ("small sac" present on the ovary). Once mature, it is expelled from the follicle: this is called ovulation.
  • The released egg then passes into the fallopian tube, waiting for a possible fertilization. The life of the egg is very limited: usually, if it is not fertilized within 24 hours, it disappears ...

Do not confuse ovulation period and fertility period

  • The period of fertility corresponds to the moment of the cycle during which your chances of making a baby are maximum. Given the average life expectancy of spermatozoa in the fallopian tube (4-5 days) and that of the ovum, the fertility period is considered to be 5 days (4 days before ovulation). + the next 24 hours).

How to calculate the date of ovulation?

  • Ovulation occurs 14 days before the end of your cycle (that is, 14 days before the start of your next period). It is therefore easy to calculate if you have very regular cycles ... The "standard" of reference is the 28-day cycle, during which ovulation takes place on the 14th day. But whether you have short (eg 25 days) or long (eg 30 days) cycles, the calculation remains the same: just subtract 14. For example, for a 30-day cycle, ovulation should normally take place on the 16th day after the first day of menstruation.
  • Only problem: this method of calculation loses its effectiveness if, like many women, you have irregular cycles ... Then remain two solutions: the first is to use a urinary ovulation test sold in pharmacies. Highly reliable, ovulation tests respond to high levels of LH (Luteinizing Hormone) hormone, which naturally increases in the days before ovulation. As for the second solution, it consists of relying on the warning signs of ovulation ...

What are the signs of ovulation?

  • A rise in libido. Some women see their libido soar in the days before ovulation. A phenomenon related to hormones.
  • Sensitive breasts and swollen. During ovulation, the breasts can become heavier and tense ... They are also more sensitive to stimulation. Again, hormones come into play.
  • A variation of the body temperature. To know your ovulation period, you can also take your temperature every day: after ovulation, the temperature rises sharply, generally above 37 ° C until the end of the cycle. However this technique called the "temperature curve" is not very useful to know in advance your ovulation period, unless you practice it for many months and that your cycles are not too irregular ...
  • Thicker white losses. Another option, not very "glamorous" but quicker to set up popur to know if you are ovulating: regularly examine your cervical mucus (this is the "Billings Method"In the days leading up to ovulation, the cervical mucus changes to make the sperm more easily accessible to the egg: it is then much thinner than usual and its consistency is similar to that of egg white.
  • Abdominal pain. During ovulation, some women may experience abdominal pain.



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