Ovulation and You

Ovulation can begin even during menstruation. Your body begins producing the follicle-stimulating hormone. This starts the development of an egg in the ovary. This egg matures inside a small cavity in your ovary called a follicle. Within a few days your body produces a hormone called the luteinizing hormone. It causes the follicle to swell and burst through the wall of the ovary which releases the egg.

About Ovulation:

  • The exact day of ovulation varies from woman to woman and cycle to cycle for the same person.
  • There is only about 12-24 hours of available time to fertilize the egg once it is released from the ovary.
  • Menstruation and ovulation are related. However, both may occur without the other happening.
  • Only one ovary releases an egg each cycle even though you have two ovaries.
  • Ovulation can be affected by stress, infection or illness.
  • Ovulation can be tracked from the first day of a menstrual period until the first day of the next period.
  • Some women feel when their ovulation occurs.
  • Some women experience spotting during ovulation, but most do not.
  • Typical menstrual cycles run between 28 to 32 days. However this can vary drastically from on woman to the next.
  • Ovulation generally occurs between day 10 and day 19 days of a woman’s regular menstrual cycle.
  • Having a good understanding of ovulation can be very helpful. It can help in getting pregnant and preventing pregnancy. The process of ovulation can be confusing. If you need further guidance please visit a healthcare provider.

For additional information on Ovulation and You, please visit the American Pregnancy Association.