Ovulation is the process when a mature egg is removed from the ovary into the fallopian tube to be fertilized. For those of you who are planning a pregnancy, it is important to know when this ovulation is.
By knowing ovulation, you can determine when is the best time to have sex so you can get pregnant soon, from the signs that appear when you are ovulating.
Understanding the Ovulation Process
There are about 15-20 mature eggs in your ovary. The most mature eggs will then be removed and enter the fallopian tube. The fallopian tube will then carry the egg to the uterus. For pregnancy to occur, one egg and sperm must meet in the fallopian tube.
Your egg can last at least 24 hours after being expelled, while sperm can survive in the vagina for up to 7 days. Therefore, the egg and sperm must meet at this time. You can have sex at this time or before, because you have a fertile period of about six days.
When does ovulation occur?
Although some women think that their ovulation is on the 14th day, the actual ovulation period for each woman can vary depending on the menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle for each woman is different and normally ranges from 25-30 days with an average cycle of 28 days. Day 14 may be the day you ovulate if your menstrual cycle is 28 days.
Menstrual cycles experienced can change. Changes in the menstrual cycle occur because of various things ranging from weight gain or loss, stress, poor sleep quality or exercise.
If you have a regular menstrual cycle, you can do calendar calculations to find out when ovulation occurs. The trick is to count backwards. Estimate approximately when the first day of your period will occur. Then count down 12 days and subtract 4 again. You have the possibility to ovulate for a range of five days from that day.
Know the Signs of Ovulation
Although the signs of ovulation in each woman can be different, you can also find out when you ovulate by recognizing the following signs of ovulation:
Basal body temperature
Feel more excited
Ovulation can increase your body’s basal temperature. This basal body temperature itself is your body temperature at rest. You can measure your basal body temperature with a special thermometer. By knowing the changes in your basal temperature, you can predict when to ovulate and know when is the best time to have sex with a partner. After 1-2 days of ovulation, the hormones that play a role in the process of ovulation will increase your body’s basal temperature from 0.1 to 0.2 degrees Celsius.
This vaginal discharge is a cervical mucus that can be a sign that you are in the fertile period. After your menstruation is finished, the mucus in your cervix will slowly increase and the texture will change. Towards and during ovulation, the mucus becomes more fluid, making it easier for sperm to enter the fallopian tubes to meet the egg. So the most fertile moment for you is when the mucus starts to look rather clear like the white part of raw eggs.
At the time of ovulation, women are more passionate about having sex, you will also feel more attractive. Besides feeling more attractive, at this time you will also look more attractive to your partner, your body will naturally emit a different fragrance without you knowing it.
Pain or cramps in the abdomen is also called mittelschmerz. Some women claim that they feel pain in the ovary, which is the lower abdomen during ovulation. The pain can also appear on one part of the back during ovulation.
If you want a more practical way to find out when you ovulate, you can also use a special tool that can predict ovulation that you can find at the pharmacy. This tool will show the level of LH hormone through your urine. Increased LH hormone indicates that one of your ovaries will release eggs soon.
By knowing ovulation, you can easily plan your pregnancy. Because, you will know when the best time to have sex with a partner. If you are planning to have children, in addition to knowing some of the above, have sex regularly every two to three days, especially during the fertile period.