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When Does Ovulation Occur?

If you’re struggling to conceive, the one fundamental piece of information you need to start with is when ovulation occurs. There is plenty you can do with that information, and there may be more complex issues at work, but as a foundation for trying to get pregnant, learning more about ovulation, from when it occurs to why, cannot be beaten.

If you’re asking why ovulation occurs, there are two answers to the question: what day in your monthly menstrual cycle will you ovulate, and what are the causes of ovulation and today here OvuSense will be answering both.

When Will You Ovulate?

There’s no single answer to this question: even for people with extremely regular menstrual cycles, exactly when you ovulate can vary based on stress, medication and underlying medical conditions. In general, you can expect to ovulate between twelve and sixteen days before your period. Predicting this with accuracy takes some time, as you need to monitor your period and menstrual cycle over the course of a few months to establish what ‘normal’ is for you.

What Causes you to Ovulate?

A deeper look into ovulation reveals there’s more at work here than simply waiting and understanding that can help you if you have questions or worries about your cycle.

The impulse to ovulate comes from the hypothalamus, a region of the brain that deals with a lot of autonomic processes, below the level of conscious control. As a part of this, it controls the release of a lot of hormones, among them the gonadotropins which stimulate ovulation. Hormones released by the hypothalamus cue the pituitary gland to begin the specific processes that prepare for and lead to ovulation: the manufacture of the endometrial lining in which a fertilised egg will lodge and be nourished as it develops into a foetus, and the ‘fertile’ cervical mucus that allows sperm to penetrate the cervix – this is something you may notice yourself as the month progresses.

This culminates in the release of an egg into the fallopian tubes, ready to take advantage of all the preparations your body has made for pregnancy.

Tracking Ovulation

If you really want to understand what your body is doing each month, and especially if you’re trying to conceive, it’s important to understand when you ovulate, how regularly and when the best time is to try to get pregnant.

OvuSense directly measures the temperature of your vagina as a predictor of hormonal changes in your body that lead to ovulation, giving you the best possible prediction of when you have the best chance to conceive.