Ovulation is the process in which a mature egg is released from the ovary, ready for fertilization.
Explanation of the menstrual cycle
Understanding the menstrual cycle is key to grasping the concept of ovulation. Briefly explain the phases of the menstrual cycle leading up to ovulation.
Ovulation usually occurs 12 to 14 days before the start of your next period.
While the released egg stays in the tube only for 12-24 hours, sperm can remain alive in the female reproductive tract for 3 to 5 days. This is what is generally referred to as your fertile window.
While this is the commonly established time period, many women are believed to experience this window much earlier in their cycle. In that case, women with a regular cycle of 28 days may have their most fertile days from day 8-15. On the other hand, some women experience it much later (even as far as the third week) in their cycle.
Identifying Signs of Ovulation
By understanding the ovulation time period, women can take control of their fertility, make informed decisions about family planning, and gain valuable insights into their reproductive health.
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Dr B.Priya Kalyani
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