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Your Ovulation Cycle

In the quest to get pregnant, there’s one important thing you need to understand, and that’s your ovulation cycle. You can only get pregnant in a short time anchored by when you ovulate. Ovulation is when you release an egg from your ovaries and you can only become pregnant when sperm encounters and penetrates a fertile egg. This means that the window each month when you’re fertile is decided by how long sperm can survive in your body and how long an egg remains fertile once it’s been ejected into the fallopian tubes. With sperm surviving up to four to five days in a woman’s body, and an egg remaining fertile for between twelve and twenty four hours this gives you a window of around five or six days to successfully conceive, depending on you and your partner. If your cycles are irregular or especially long, then it makes it all the more important to identify when you’re going to ovulate because it means that an opportunity to conceive comes along more rarely for you and needs to be capitalised upon. OvuSense lets you predict when you’re going to ovulate, using all-night monitoring of your basal body temperature which over time allows for a very accurate picture of what’s going on in your body and when you’re most fertile. But what’s going on through the whole of your monthly cycle? Understanding can help you conceive, as well as giving you more confidence in your own body! Your ovulation cycle – otherwise known as menstrual cycle – begins with your period. This is how the body clears itself of the preparations it made in the previous cycle to get pregnant and nurture a foetus. In the menstrual phase, which lasts 1-5 days, the womb sheds the lining it built up which is ejected through the vagina. If you’re a woman, you’ll likely know about this from personal experience, while men have to construct their understanding by listening to friends and family. The menstrual phase normally lasts between one and five days, and beginning at the same time but lasting around 16 days (though it can be as long as 27 days) is the follicular phase. In this part of your cycle, the ovaries begin to prepare an egg to eventually be fertilised. Hormones secreted in the brain encourage the development of up to 40 tiny sacs in the womb, called follicles, which each contain an immature egg. They all develop but only the healthiest is released – the rest of the follicles are absorbed by the body. The healthiest egg is released by a surge of oestrogen that also begins the next phase of your cycle. The Luteal phase takes place while the egg is making its way down your fallopian tubes and after: the surge of hormones causes your uterine lining to thicken, ready for a fertilised egg to implant in. This phase lasts around 14 days. If the egg isn’t fertilised, the decline in hormones triggers your period, and the cycle repeats!