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When Will I Ovulate?

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you need to know when you’re going to ovulate. It’s the only time in your cycle when you can actually conceive, so you need to know enough to be counting down to the next time you can try for a baby with some real chance of success.

It’s doubly important if you suffer from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) or simply have an irregular cycle: if you don’t ovulate regularly then you have less chances in every year to get pregnant, so you need to make sure you’re capitalising on those times when you stand the best chance of success. If you’re not asking ‘when will I ovulate?’, then you could be missing a rare chance to conceive.

Menstrual Cycle

For the average woman, ovulation happens at the mid-point of her cycle. The cycle begins on the first day of her period, which lasts up to five days. At the same time, the body is preparing up to 20 ‘follicles’ – small sacs in the ovaries which each have an egg in them. These eggs mature over the first two-three weeks of the cycle, and one is released in a surge of oestrogen and Lutenising hormone, into the fallopian tubes and ready to be inseminated by sperm. For most women this ‘follicular phase’ lasts an average of 16 days.

If you have irregular cycles, you might find it hard to identify when you ovulate, as it differs from cycle to cycle. If you have a condition like PCOS, you might find your cycles are extremely irregular, or you have a menstrual cycle of average length but without ovulation, as excess production of androgen, the male sex hormone, interferes with the body’s ability to mature eggs to a fully fertile state.

When Do You Ovulate?

They’re of limited use at the best of times, but if you have PCOS or other hormonal imbalances then home ovulation testing kits aren’t going to help at all. They work, like pregnancy tests, by testing for hormones in your urine, but if your hormones don’t fit the profile the kit is optimised for they won’t give you an accurate result.

A better way to tell when you’re going to ovulate is to measure your body’s basal temperature: peaks and troughs in that give you a good indication of when you’re going to ovulate, if you can get accurate readings. This is the method OvuSense uses, and by the measuring your core temperature right through the night, it can reliably predict when you’re due to ovulate with 24 hours notice, giving you the chance you need to conceive!

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