Frequently when a couple begins to search for tips on how to get pregnant what they often find is information on one of the most vital components to conceive, how to track ovulation. Ovulation, a monthly occurrence when an egg is discharged from one of a woman’s ovaries to possibly be fertilized, is the starting point to naturally building a family. Without a woman’s ovulated eggs, the chances of conceiving are next to nothing.

Unfortunately, misleading information about the ovulation cycle can make trying for a baby significantly more difficult. To avoid being misled by false information regarding ovulation, our team intends to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding ovulation with a series of blogs on ovulation. To start the series off, three commonly asked questions and answers regarding ovulation are below.

Question 1: How can I pin-point when I ovulate?

The truth about ovulation tracking is that it does take a great deal of effort. This is due to the need of multiple ovulation tracking methods in order to get the most accurate picture of her fertility cycle.

The few different methods to track ovulation include the Calendar Method, the Basal Body Temperature Method, and even some OTC products. Its highly recommended for women to use these different methods in combination, as opposed to picking only one, because combining these methods can provide women with a fuller picture of their cycle and allows them to see more clearly when they are due to ovulate. The more accurate an ovulation date prediction is, the better, as HealthlinkBC estimates that ovulation may happen any time between the 11th and 21st days after the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period – or between 12 and 16 days from when she expects her next menstrual period to start.

 Question 2:  But isn’t it true that all women ovulate on the 14th day after their period begins each month?

Wouldn’t that be nice and easy!?  The unfortunate truth about the thought of all women ovulating on day 14 of a cycle is that it is purely based on the “average fertility cycle”, which starts on day one of a woman’s period and lasts 28 days. However, most women don’t have the “average cycle” length nor a very regular cycle; meaning they sometimes ovulate on different days each month so there is a larger time frame for their bodies to ovulate.

Question 3: How many days is it possible to conceive each month with ovulation?

This one isn’t as simple to answer because, technically, a woman should be fertile prior to ovulation. Remember that it takes a little time for sperm to swim through the fallopian tubes where they can then attempt to fertilize an ovulated egg.  Another factor to consider is that an egg is only viable for conceiving for about 24 hours after ovulation. Due to these variables, and in light of the fact that sperm can live 3 to 5 days after sex, women are thought to be fertile 3 to 5 days before they ovulate – and in some cases a day or two after, in the right circumstances.

These are only a few of the questions we commonly receive about ovulation as hopeful couples search for tips to get pregnant. Try not to stress in case we have yet to answer a question you still have: more posts will be published to answer the most commonly asked ovulation questions in the coming weeks! Stay up to date on important information and tips with our blogs and continue on the path to conceiving and building your family.