Ovulation is one part of the female menstrual cycle whereby a mature ovarian follicle (part of the ovary) discharges an egg (also known as an ovum, oocyte, or female gamete). It is during this process that the egg travels down the fallopian tube where it may be met by a sperm and become fertilized.

During each monthly cycle, healthy couples in their 20s or early 30s who aren’t using birth control have a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant. And that’s a surprisingly high percentage considering that you can conceive only around the time of ovulation — a small window of opportunity each month (usually about 12 to 24 hours) during which the egg is viable, or open for the business of fertilization.

Doesn’t sound like much of an opening? Consider, then, that sperm are able to live to fertilize for a lot longer than an egg is willing to hang out, anywhere from three to six days. Which means that even if you have sex a few days before ovulation, there may be plenty of sperm still around to greet the egg when it emerges. (And remember: It only takes one sperm to make a baby.) Of course, having sex the day you ovulate would be ideal. After ovulation, that window tends to slam shut till the next cycle. Clearly, knowing when the Big O occurs is key when doing the Baby Dance. Here are five ways to help you pin down the big day.

When does ovulation usually occur

How do I know if I am ovulating

What is cervical mucus

How to use Basal Body Temperature and cervical mucus to predict ovulation

Can’t we just try and see what happens

Once I can predict ovulation when should I have sex-or be inseminated

When is the best time to have sex for conception

Will it be harder to get pregnant if periods are irregular

Conception and Fertilization




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