Ovulation

Can I get pregnant 3, 4 or 5 days before ovulation?

How likely are you to get pregnant if your last intercourse was 3, 4 or even 5 days before ovulation? You probably know that natural conception must take place immediately after ovulation. When a mature egg cell is released from one of your ovaries, it must be fertilized within 24 hours, perhaps even …

Can you ovulate twice in a cycle?

Is it possible to ovulate twice in one cycle? The short answer is no. Once your body has released a mature egg from one of your ovaries, it starts to produce the hormone progesterone, which hinders the release of more eggs until your next cycle. It is perfectly possible to release more than one egg — indeed, that’s …

Basal body temperature (BBT) and ovulation

What does your body temperature have to do with ovulation? Basal body temperature (BBT) is the temperature of your body in full rest, and this temperature is influenced by the hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle. During the first half of your cycle, the dominating hormone is estrogen which helps …

Cervical mucus and ovulation

Your cervical mucus may never have been the center of your attention. However, with careful observation, it can be very helpful in predicting your most fertile days and increasing your chances of getting pregnant as fast as possible. What is cervical mucus? The cervix is the lowest part of your uterus, and is situated …

How to use ovulation tests

Ovulation tests, or ovulation predictor kits (OPKs), are the single most useful tools at your disposal when you are trying to conceive. Ovulation tests will tell you when ovulation is about to happen, helping you identify the one or two days in your cycle when you are most fertile, and …

When is ovulation?

Ovulation is the release of a mature egg cell (an ovum in medical terminology), ready to be fertilized, from one of your ovaries. This happens once per menstrual cycle. If the egg cell isn’t fertilized by a sperm cell within 24 hours after ovulation, it dies, and your chances of …