All About Ovulation

Awaiting Fertilization: Understanding Ovulation

It’s that time of month again. No, not the time you may be thinking of, but the time of month when your ovary releases a mature egg and awaits fertilization. Whentrying to get pregnant it is important to understand ovulation and how the body works in preparation for fertilization. Below are a number of key points that will help you understand ovulation and how your body prepares itself for pregnancy each and every month.

• A mature egg that is released for fertilization lives between 12-24 hours after departing the ovary

• A woman is born with millions of eggs that await ovulation to begin

• During ovulation, only one egg is released from the ovary during normal conditions

• During the ovulation process women may experience light spotting

• Being affected by high levels of stress, sickness or disease, and an interruption to your daily routine can cause disruptions to ovulation and consequently fertilization

• Your menstrual period may occur even when ovulation has not occurred, and vice versa

• If fertilization does not occur, the egg is discharged in the uterine lining and removed from the body during menstruation

• A fertilized egg can undergo implantation which typically takes place six to twelve days following ovulation

During the ovulation process, some women have reported feeling pain or achiness near the ovary site. This pain is sometimes referred to as middle pain. While there is nothing wrong during this stage, the pain can be a bit uncomfortable. If severe cramping occurs or pain that causes you to become too uncomfortable it is best to have the symptoms checked out by your doctor.

It is also important to track your ovulation cycle to get a better understanding of your own body and how it prepares itself for pregnancy. Since ovulation may occur during different times of the monthly cycle, it may be necessary to track the days you are most fertile and plan accordingly. Try not to stress and get bogged down with the timing because the unnecessary worry may cause a disruption in your ovulation pattern.

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