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When Am I Ovulating?

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you need to learn to recognise the signs that tell you when you’re ovulating. It’s this event, the release of a mature, fertile egg, that signals you are ready to conceive and you need to anchor your pregnancy plans around this key event in your cycle.

You can only become pregnant when sperm meet a fertile egg: your egg remains fertile for up to a day after ovulation, and sperm can survive up to five days in the body which gives you a five or six day window anchored by when you ovulate for when you can realistically conceive.

OvuSense can help you recognise when you’re ovulating, to make sure you’ve got the best chance of conceiving successfully to start your pregnancy journey.

Keeping Count

The first thing you can do is track your menstrual cycle day by day. It begins with your period, and you can expect to ovulate around 16 days after the first day of your period. People’s cycles vary though (with some not ovulating for as many as 27 days) and it can be difficult to establish just when each stage is happening inside you.

Hormonal Changes

The menstrual cycle is driven by hormones, and home testing kits are available to help you identify when you’re ovulating. They measure the LH or Luteinising hormone in your urine (in a similar way to how a home pregnancy test works), which spikes when egg is released!

They’re not a great fit for everyone, as not everyone has the same hormonal background, which can lead to false positives and false negatives depending on if your LH levels are naturally above or below average, and they’re particularly unsuitable for people suffering from PCOS. As long as you treat them as an indicator rather than a definitive test – just one tool in your box, then they can be valuable.

Physical Signs

One of the biggest signs of when you’re ovulating can be found by inspecting your cervical mucus. Its character changes throughout your cycle, and what you’re looking for is what’s called ‘fertile mucus’ which is wetter and clearer than at other stages in your cycle. When your cervical mucus resembles egg white in looks and texture, then you know you’re due to ovulate soon.

Body Temperature

Your body temperature can give you a good indication of when you’re due to ovulate, but it can be difficult to get good information to base a prediction on. You need to measure subtle changes in your body’s basal temperature (the low temperature your core drops to when you’re asleep), which can be hard to do, as it starts to rise as soon as you wake up!

OvuSense monitors your core temperature overnight to get an ideal understanding of what’s average for you, and plots peaks and troughs automatically to give you 24 hours notice of when you ovulate so you have the best chance to conceive however irregular your cycle.

To learn more about your cycle and hear from Ovusense customers visit ovusense