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All About Ovulation How to Figure Out IF and WHEN you are ovulating- Springfield, Oregon
Hi I am Sharon Kastoriano, fertilityacupuncturist 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 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 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. 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 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 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.
First day of real bleeding. I know that some women first day of real bleeding. I know that some women have some spotting before the periodbegins but this doesn't count. The first real bright red bleeding isthe first day of the menstrual cycle So make a note of that date and thenmake a note of the date of the next period and then count the days in between. Forexample, if you get your period on September 1st and then get the nextone on September 29th, your cycle is 28 days in length. Ovulation occurs roughly 14 days before you get your period.
What to Expect When Seeing a Fertility Specialist
The initial consultation with a fertilityspecialist is going to be a pretty busy visit The initial consultation with a fertilityspecialist is going to be a pretty busy visit that first time. Generally you'll meet witha physician for about an hour, and they're going to take a pretty detailed history â€” notonly of your fertility, but certainly just your general health for both you and yourpartner if you have one. Generally, we'll move on then to an ultrasound to take a look at both ovaries and uterus. And then finally, you'll probably spend sometime with one of the nursing staff to discuss next steps from there. Generally, I find thatpatients when they first present to us will have had at least a little bit of their evaluation performed already with their primary provider.
But some people come to us not having any evaluation at all. Generally speaking you'll But some people come to us not having any evaluation at all. Generally speaking you'll have some degree of laboratory evaluationthat's going to involve some hormones. Perhaps some prepregnancy labs to make sure you'resort of fit and ready to get pregnant. We also then will generally add a semen analysis,for a partner, if there is a partner that's involved. And then some sort of evaluationof the uterus or fallopian tubes so we know we have parts that are in working order. Generally, most of these tests can be done within a month's time. And you'll then sit back down with a physician again to review the results of testing. Once you've reviewed those results, it's then thatyou have a better sense for what your options.
Really are. Sometimes you'll find that thephysician recommends that you go back out really are. Sometimes you'll find that thephysician recommends that you go back out on your own and try again for a little bitlonger. Otherwise, it may be that in the testing we found something that we can address specifically. And then finally, we'll discuss some of theinterventions that we have available that will target specific problems that have beenidentified.