Ovulation FAQ

What’s ovulation? Ovulation is the most fertile time during a woman’s menstruation cycle. It’s the moment a mature egg is released from the follicles of the ovary.

When does ovulation take place? Fourteen days after the beginning of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

When am I fertile? You are only fertile during the ovulation cycle.

What’s the easiest method for tracking ovulation? Counting days is the easiest method. It requires nothing except a pen and a calendar.

What is an LH surge? LH stands for Luteinizing Hormone, and the surge is simply the dramatic hormonal change that takes place during the ovulation cycle.

What are the best ways to predict ovulation? A basal body temperature test, counting days, or monitoring your Cervical Mucous.

How long do my eggs stay alive? Twenty-four hours, so get to it!

What is considered a regular cycle? There are generally 28–30 days between menstruation cycles

When are my “peak” days? The day before and the day of ovulation

What could cause a delay in ovulation? Stress, illness, medications, and increased activity can all contribute to a delay in your ovulation cycle.

When does implantation take place? Once conception and fertilization happen, the embryo attaches itself to the lining of the uterine wall, a process called implantation.

What’s a blastocyst? A blastocyst is a fertilized egg, which begins producing hCG immediately.

What is hCG? hCG is the hormone that pregnancy tests look for to determine whether or not you are pregnant.

I’m over 35 years old; is it safe for me to get pregnant? Regardless of your age, as long as you live a healthy lifestyle, it’s safe for you to get pregnant. Studies show that many women over the age of 35 get pregnant, and advances in medicine have made it easier for women of this age to conceive.

How can my cervical position tell me when I’m fertile? Right before ovulation, estrogen increases and causes your cervix to rise. It’s best you begin charting your cervical position right when your menstrual cycle ends. At that time the opening should be closed. As you become more fertile, the opening opens and becomes softer.

Does the Shettles Method work? There is no guarantee, but many people have gotten positive results by using the Shettles Method.

Do ovulation kits work? The best thing you can get out of using an ovulation kit is a better understanding of your monthly cycle. Ovulation kits test for the Luteinizing hormone, which is at its highest level just before ovulation occurs.

How often should I use my ovulation kit? There is usually a recommendation on the box. Most of them recommend that you test once in the morning and once at night.

What’s the difference between ovulation tests and pregnancy tests? The difference lies in the hormone that is being tested for. Pregnancy tests test for hCG, while ovulation tests test for LH, or the Luteinizing hormone.

What are the four cycles in my monthly cycle? The Menstrual Phase, the Follicular Phase, the Ovulation Phase, and the Luteal Phase.

Is it true that all women ovulate monthly? No, it is not true. Unfortunately, not all women ovulate every month. In some cases, not ovulating every month is an indication that there is a problem.

If a woman bleeds, does this mean she is not pregnant? Not at all. Many women bleed throughout their first trimester. Look for other pregnancy symptoms and signs to find out if you’re pregnant.

This page was last updated on 06/2017

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