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When do you Ovulate After Your Period?

Finding the right time to conceive is no easy task, but it’s an important one to face when you’re trying to get pregnant. There are times during your menstrual cycle when you have an extremely low chance of getting pregnant – or no chance whatsoever. There are other times – what are known as your fertile days, or fertile window – when you stand a much better chance of conceiving. This is because at these times, the average lifespan of sperm in a woman’s body after ejaculation overlaps with the fertile life of an egg after it’s ovulated, meaning they have the greatest possible chance of meeting, and fertilisation occurring at this time.

To identify this key period of high fertility that helps you maximise your chances of getting pregnant, you need to be tracking when you ovulate: it’s ovulation that anchors your fertile window, and if you know when you’re going to ovulate you can work out when the fertile days are leading up to it.

Ovulation and the Menstrual Cycle

As well as being important for your fertility planning, ovulation is also the keystone of your menstrual cycle: you spend the first half of it building up to that important moment when the egg is released, and the second half is focussed on ensuring that egg has the environment needed to grow and begin developing if it is fertilised.

The Follicular Phase

The first part of your cycle is when your body prepares eggs to be ovulated: each month your ovaries mature around ten eggs in fluid filled sacs called ‘follicles’ – the healthiest of these eggs is ovulated, ready to be fertilised while the others are reabsorbed by the body.

The length of the follicular phase can vary – it can be different for different women but it can be different from month to month for the same woman! If you’re lucky enough to have a very regular cycle then identifying when you ovulate is easier. You simply count forward from the beginning of your period the requisite number of days – it could be anywhere between 11 to 27 days depending on your body.

If you have an irregular cycle, then identifying when you ovulate is harder. Using a basal body temperature thermometer can get you accurate results, and if you use an advanced system like OvuSense you get access to clinically tested tools that can help turn those temperature readings in an accurate prediction of when you’re going to ovulate, so you know when you should try to conceive!