Important Facts About Ovulation
What is ovulation?
Ovulation happens when a woman’s body releases an egg from her ovaries and then it travels to the fallopian tube where it waits to be fertilized by a sperm cell. When fertilization happens, a baby is conceived. When fertilization does not happen, menstruation begins.
Ovulation normally happens for just one day and occurs in the middle of a woman’s monthly cycle. This happens around two weeks before the end of her monthly cycle. One of the most important facts about ovulation to note is that it varies from woman to woman. There is no set pattern.
Facts About Ovulation: What Factors Can Affect Ovulation?
A woman is normally born with millions of immature eggs but only an estimated of 400 mature. These immature eggs or follicles undergo series of changes until maturation through hormonal influence.
Usually, one egg is released each time of ovulation. However, ovulation may be affected or disrupted by stress or illness. This can change the length of your monthly cycle or delay the beginning of your next cycle.
Symptoms of Ovulation
Not all women experience symptoms when they ovulate but for those who do, here are some signs that you may be ovulating:
- Vaginal discharge that is clear and stretchy
- Tenderness in the breast area
- Increase in libido or desire for sexual intercourse
- Light bleeding or spotting
- Small increase in your basal body temperature
- Mittelschmerz or ovary pain which is normally felt on the side of the abdomen
You know your body best. And when you learn to observe the different signs and cues, you will have a fair idea of when you are ovulating. Remember though that only a doctor can really tell if and when you are ovulating.