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When is Ovulation?

Knowing when in the month you’re due to ovulate is a good thing to know for all sorts of reasons: understanding and being familiar with your body’s cycles and routines is always a good thing for your health, both physical and psychological; knowing when the key beats of your menstrual cycle fall means you can spot it quickly if they are late or missing which could help you identify health problems sooner; and of course, if you’re trying to conceive, this is vital knowledge that gives you a better chance of getting pregnant sooner!

Getting Specific

The first thing to stress is that your answer is unique: the medical language about the menstrual cycle is based on averages and tendencies and it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that everyone’s cycle is not only unique to them but also variable across their life based on their age, diet, the general state of their health and any medications they might be taking. Even having a stressful month at work can affect ovulation, so don’t immediately panic if your particular cycle differs from the medical average.

Average Answers

That said, a significant proportion of woman can expect to ovulate twelve to sixteen days before their period starts. Working out when that is means monitoring your period, and over the course of a few months understanding how your whole menstrual cycle slots into place.

Other Indicators

There are other signs that can help you identify when you’re due to menstruate, as well as simply counting the days from your period’s end and beginning.

Your core temperature dips a small but significant amount in the 24 hours before your ovaries release an egg, and in the days that follow your average temperature will be a little higher than normal. Regularly taking your temperature to identify a normal, baseline temperature helps you identify these important dips and rises.

You may also notice a change in the quantity and quality of your cervical mucus when you’re due to ovulate as well, with a rising amount of what’s known as ‘fertile mucus’ in the days around your ovulation. This is clearer, and has a similar consistency to egg white, and indicates your body is gearing up for a potential pregnancy!

Definitive Answers

While absolute accuracy isn’t possible, using a system like OvuSense gets you as close as possible by measuring minute temperature changes inside the vagina, which allow it to predict your ovulation with a 24-hour notice period, which is invaluable information for couples trying to conceive.