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Will I always ovulate on day 14?

Day 14 Myth

A lot of people assume that women automatically ovulate on day 14 of their cycle. This is not true. Women can ovulate as early as day 6 and as late as day 30 or later. Many factors affect ovulation - hormones, stress, health, etc. Through proper fertility charting you can pinpoint the exact day of ovulation.

   
When does conception occur?

When Does Conception Occur

If you can pinpoint ovulation, then having intercourse up to at least 3 days prior to ovulation to 1 to 3 days after would insure possible conception. Having intercourse prior to ovulation insures that sperm will be present when the egg is released.

   
How long does an egg live?

Releasing More Than One Egg

Occasionally a woman will release a 2nd (or rarely more) egg within the same cycle. This normally happens within 24 hours of the release of the 1st egg. This is why it's smart to keep having intercourse for 1 to 3 days after suspected ovulation in order to conceive.

   
What position is the cervix in during ovulation?

Cervical Position During Ovulation

During ovulation the cervix will be SHOW - soft, high, open and wet. Before and after ovulation the cervix is low and closed and feels like the tip of your nose. During ovulation it rotates upward and becomes soft and mushy feeling like your lips. The Os(opening of the cervix) opens to allow sperm access to the uterus.

   
When does ovulation occur?

When Ovulation Occurs

Ovualtion can occur as early as day 6 or as late as day 30 or later in your cycle. Some women will ovulate on the same day every cycle while others will see-saw around. Through charting you can find out what is normal for you.

   
What does cervical fluid look like during ovulation?

Cervical Fluid During Ovulation

The cervical fluid during ovulation is clear. You can tell it is fertile by stretching it between your forefinger and thumb, if it stretches and is either clear or semi-clear this is good. Fertile quality cervical fluid may be present for several days or for only the day of ovulation.

   
How long does an egg live?

The Lifespan of an Egg

An egg is released from the ovaries once each month in the menstrual cycle. The egg will only live for a short 12 to 24 hours. The window for conception to occur is very narrow and it is imperative that the sperm be waiting for the egg once it is released.

   
What hormones influence ovulation?

Hormones That Influence Ovulation

The hormones that start off in your cycle each month are follicle-stimulating hormone, luetenizing hormone and estrogen. These hormones are released prior to ovulation. Progesterone is the hormone that is released after ovulation.

   
What is the luteal phase?

Luteal Phase

The luteal phase is the time from ovulation to menstruation. This time frame should be at least 10 days long. Anything under 10 days cannot sustain a pregnancy.

   
Can I ovulate twice in one month?

Ovulating Twice?

It is possible to ovulate twice in the same cycle, however it is rare. Occasionally a 2nd egg is released about 24 hours after the 1st egg. It can be beneficial to continue having intercourse for 2 or 3 days beyond ovulation.

   
What influences ovulation?

Factors That Influence Ovulation

Aside from the horomones estrogen, follicle-stimulating hormone, luetenizing hormone and progesterone, there are other factors that can influence when ovulation occurs. These factors - stress (good and bad stress), illness and interutpions in your normal routine (i.e. moving into a new location or taking a trip) can either delay ovulation or bring it on earlier.

   
What is mid-cycle spotting?

Mid-Cycle Spotting

Some woman may spot a tiny bit of blood during ovulation. This is normal and occurs when the egg pops out of the ovary. If the bleeding continues for more than a day - seek the advice of your doctor.

   
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