Jun 19 2009

Ovulation

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What is Ovulation?

Ovulation is the release of an egg from the Ovary. Normally one ovum ripens to release an egg during the menstrual cycle. The egg is released from alternating sides every month. The egg begins to mature 3 months before being released.

When does Ovulation take place?

Because of the average 28 day menstrual cycle, it is believed that ovulation takes place 14 days after the start of the cycle and 14 days before the next cycle start. This is however not a true reflection. Research where women used ovulation detectors shows that the ovulation date is variable.

How long does the Egg live?

12 to 24 hours after being released from the Ovary

How does insemination take place.

The sperm will swim up the cervix and uterus and into the Fallopian tube where it will meet the egg. Research shows that the sperm knows which side contains the egg and the sperm will concentrate its efforts on that side.

The sperm can also wait in the cervical channel for the egg to be released. The cervical mucus will keep the sperm alive. Sperm can normally live up to 5 days in the cervical mucus.

After the egg get fertilized it will implant into the Uterus lining within 6 to 12 days.

Ovulation and menstrual periods can be mutually exclusive – a woman can ovulate without menstruating or menstruate without ovulation. This is however not normal

If the egg is not fertilized, it will dissolve into the uterus lining.

Some women will have slight spotting at ovulation.

Some women will experience ovulation pain, a slight pain or ache around the ovaries

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