Understanding ovulation can be quite the minefield. For those trying to conceive it is the ‘holy grail’, the almost unachievable, but knowing that there is actually a science and natural process involved can actually assist you in your chances of a successful conception. The age profile of natural female fertility takes no prisoners, if you start trying to become pregnant in your thirties you have a 90% chance of success, if you wait until you’re 40, then you have a 40% chance of not falling pregnant and by the age of 45 your chances of becoming pregnant naturally is 1.5%. So how do we ovulate? When do we ovulate and why is ovulation important? Read on you may just be surprised!
Q: What is ovulation?
Ovulation takes places when one or more eggs are successfully released from the ovaries and migrate into the fallopian tubes. Did you know that women are born with about 1-2 million eggs, but only release 300 to 400 through ovulation?
Q: When does ovulation occur?
Ovulation usually occurs about two weeks (12-16 days) after the first day of your menstrual cycle. This precious egg once released will only survive for a period of 24 hours within your uterus. At this time a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) surges, triggering the release of the egg that's most ripe. At the same time, your cervical mucus becomes more slippery to help sperm make their way to the egg.
Q: How do you know when you are ovulating?
If you are fortunate enough to have a regular cycle you can calculate which days you’re ovulating, but in order to be more accurate and concise you can use an ovulation test such as Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test. This innovative test operates much like a pregnancy test but instead of confirming a conception it clearly identifies your two most fertile days (ovulation).
Q: Is it possible to ovulate more than once during my cycle?
Absolutely but it’s not the norm. It is quite possible to ovulate twice but this usually occurs at about the same time of the cycle. This is actually how non-identical twins occur, created from the ovulation of two separate eggs; this does tend to happen more so in women over 35, perhaps lending a reason as to why the older group have more twins! Check out our blog Women's Wellness at Beautyfeatures.ie for tips on supportive supplements.
Q: Is ovulation the only time you can fall pregnant?
Yes, yes, yes! Fertility specialists state that conception is successful when an egg and viable sperm meet in a fallopian tube. Did you know that an egg can survive in your fallopian tube for up to 24 hours after being released from the ovary and sperm can survive for up to five days? So science and nature dictate that the only way to fall pregnant is if the sperm is present in your fallopian tube during this window of fertile opportunity. If the egg is not fertilised it will be shed along with your uterine lining during the menstrual cycle.
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