Women have queries about their menstrual cycle as they experience changes in their body after puberty. Ovulation is a common term heard when women are trying to understand their cycle better.
The three main phases in a woman’s cycle determine whether she is experiencing normal functioning of the reproductive organs or there is an underlying problem to be addressed.
Ovulation is the mid-phase of the cycle when an egg is prepared to be released from ovaries. This is the most important process of the reproductive cycle as this determines whether or not a woman can get pregnant. Good Fertility is defined as the ability of a woman to get pregnant after trying actively for a year or so.
However, if there is no success in achieving pregnancy on the first few tries, there may be a problem with ovulation. Now, let’s just discuss some interesting facts about ovulation time and how it occurs.
What is Ovulation and When Does it Take Place?
Ovulation is the release on an egg or more than one egg from the ovaries to be fertilized. Women are born with a limited number of eggs which start to diminish every cycle. It is therefore considered to have babies before thirty years of age as the healthy eggs then start to diminish.
A regular menstrual cycle usually lasts for about 26 to 35 days which predicts ovulation to occur between days 12 to 21 of the cycle. However, late cycles have also been considered as normal if they happen once in a while. The first phase known as the follicular phase lasts for about 12 days followed up by ovulation.
The third phase called as the luteal phase comes after ovulation has occurred. All three phases have their importance in regulating healthy functions in a woman’s body.
Interesting Facts About Ovulation
- Ovulation is likely to occur in between the two cycles that is 12 to 14 days after the previous period and 12 to 14 days before another period.
- The egg usually stays in the fallopian tubes for about 24 hours so it may be fertilized. However, sperms may stay alive in a woman’s body for up to 5 days.
- It is not possible to ovulate right before a period as the luteal phase lasts for about 12 to 14 days. However, it is possible that ovulation occurs right after a period if a woman has shorter cycles. Let’s say if the cycle lasts 21 days and the period comes for 7 days. Ovulation phase will be lined up after the period is over as there will e less time to follow up by the luteal phase.
- It is not always easy to time intercourse if you want to get pregnant or avoid it. The body plays tricks depending on various factors which may alter the cycle anywhere in the month. So, it is not always necessary to have a period on the exact date as it may differ to about 10 days from the actual date.
- Ovulation can be affected by lifestyle factors, emotional and physical stress which may disrupt the cycle.
- Some women may also experience light bleeding or spotting in between periods around the time when ovulation is expected.
- Each follicle matures in the ovary but only a few reach the milestone of getting released at ovulation.
- Anovulatory cycles can be stimulated with the help of fertility medicines which may help the ovaries develop and mature eggs on time.
- There is a rise in the body’s temperature when ovulation is about to occur so there is no concern if women start having acne breakouts during the phase.
- Every cycle is different and women should not get confused if their body is reacting differently on various occasions. What’s normal for others may not be normal for you. So just relax and enjoy what nature has to offer you.