Ovulation occurs, specifically, when one of your ovaries releases an egg into the fallopian tubes. For a woman with a cycle that is exactly 28 days, ovulation will usually occur 14 days before the start of her next menstrual period, which is exactly 14 days after the start of her last menstrual period. However, since many women don’t have a period that lasts exactly 28 days, it can be somewhat difficult to know when ovulation does occur.
One common misconception about when ovulation occurs is that it will always occur exactly 14 days after the start of their menstrual period. The fact of the matter is, it is more accurate to say that ovulation will occur approximately 14 days before the start of the next menstrual period. Thus, if a woman has a cycle that typically lasts 32 days, she will ovulate on day 18 following the start of her last menstrual period, rather than on day 14 following her last menstrual period.
There are ways that you can know, with some degree of certainty, when ovulation occurs. There are natural changes that your body makes each and every time you ovulate. First of all, the cervical mucus that your body produces will change when ovulation occurs. When ovulation occurs, there is generally an increase in cervical mucus. In addition, cervical mucus during ovulation tends to be relatively clear in color, slippery, and roughly the consistency of an egg white. In fact, cervical mucus during ovulation is often referred to as “egg white cervical mucus.”
There are other ways to know when ovulation occurs. Some women have successfully been able to track changes in their Basal Body temperature to predict when ovulation will occur. In addition, there are a variety of Ovulation Predictor Kits, sometimes known as OPKs, that you may be able to purchase that can help you to know when ovulation does occur.
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