Many of you may be aware of how the timing of sexual intercourse can influence getting pregnant. You may be told that a woman undergoes a fertile phase during her menstrual cycle and having sex during this phase will increase her likeliness of getting pregnant.
And this period is when a woman ovulates or when the egg is released from the ovary. The two to three days preceding ovulation through to the day after ovulation is considered the most fertile phase in a menstrual cycle. The egg after being released form the ovary lives for about 24 hours while the sperm can survive for up to 72 hours after being released.
This means even when you time your intercourse three days before ovulation, the sperm has a better chance to fertilize the egg. But if you time your intercourse a day or two after ovulation, your chances of getting conceived is reduced drastically.
Now that you are aware of what a fertile phase is and the importance of timing sexual intercourse in getting pregnant, you want to know when you ovulate. Ovulation occurs in women fourteen days before the arrival of menstrual period. Day one of menstrual period is the first day of the menstrual cycle.
But women’s menstrual periods are not accurate as a clock. Although a menstrual cycle consists of 28 days, sometimes a woman’s menstrual period arrives late by a few days and at times, it is earlier by a few days.
Now comes the dilemma; how can you predict that your ovulation is on? There are a few subtle symptoms of ovulation which will give you a hint that you are ovulating.
Some of the symptoms that can be associated ovulation are spotting, vaginal discharge, cramping, breast tenderness, and bloating.
Ovulation spotting is caused by rupturing of the egg through the follicle. The spotting will be quite mild and sometimes goes unnoticed. You may also experience cramping on one side of the ovary due to the growing and maturing process of the follicles just before the egg is released.
It may be similar to the one you experience during menstrual period or you may feel a pinching sensation. The pain may also be attributed to the rising level of estrogen during this time.