All About Ovulation How to Figure Out IF and WHEN you are ovulating
Hi I am Sharon Kastoriano, fertilityacupuncturist and this is all about ovulation. Thisis a great place to start for someone who is just beginning to prepare for gettingpregnant The three things you going to learnabout in this presentation are: why do you need to know at all aboutovulation how do you know if you ovulate andthe most important thing how do you know when you ovulate? So why do you need to know about ovulation? Because you can only get pregnant aroundovulation time
Ovulation is when an egg is releasedeach month from the ovary and the egg needs to be fertilized by thesperm in order to develop into an embryo which then grows and becomes a baby. Soobviously knowing about ovulation is the most importantthing that we need to know about when trying to get pregnant. Knowing ifyou ovulate is also essential. I often get asked how do I know if I ovulate. If your period is regular
most likely you are ovulating each monthand by regular i mean your period comes once a month.That youknow when to expect your period It could be every 28 days or every 30 or avariation on that but if there is a regularity to it thenyou are most likely ovulating. Here and there I have heard of some women who had very regular periods but did not ovulate or release an egg each month but this is not that common. However, ifyou never know when to expect you period sometimes you go for weeks or monthswithout a period
then it may mean that there is an issuewith ovulation. It does not in any way mean you won't be to get pregnant Just that it might be a little bit moredifficult. So if you do not have periods that come regularlythat I think it's a good idea to see your to explore furtherany issues with ovulation. Now let's get to the most importantquestion how do you know when you ovulate? Let'sstart by taking a quick look at the basic menstrual cycle.
This picture shows a 28day menstrualcycle. A menstrual cycle is split into two halves The first half is when you get yourperiod. Then your period ends and then the body begins to buildback up the juicy lining in the womb or the uterus getting ready for pregnancy. Ovulation is when the egg is released. Ifthe egg is fertilized by sperm it becomes an embryo and if it implants in the lining of theuterus then pregnancy begins.
If the egg is not fertilized, then the eggbreaks down and this sends a signal to the body thatthere is no pregnancy. and then after a few more days yourmenstrual cycle ends and then you get your period which is the start of the next menstrualcycle. So how do we calculate when we ovulate? Let's start simply by first making a note ofthe date when you get your period. Day one, which is the first day of your menstrualcycle is the