1. ovulation starts on the 14th day after Your period
The start of ovulation differs for every woman and can even be different from month to month. The “14th day” thinking appears to come from either taking the average of when all women ovulate or from someone just dividing the 28 day cycle in half. However this myth got started, it is not an accurate way to calculate ovulation, because many women do NOT ovulate on the 14th day of their cycle.
2. i can’t ovulate during my period?
If you have regular cycles, it’s highly unlikely that you’re ovulation while on your period. Women who are irregular and have menstrual periods ever 3 months or 2-3 times in one month could mistake ovulating during a period or what is believed to be a period. But, the chance of ovulating during a period is unlikely. The real question is, can you get pregnant during your period and because sperm can live in the body for 3-5 days, pregnancy could occur from intercourse that takes place during a period.
3. So how many days am I really fertile?
During the time of ovulation, an egg is available to be fertilized for only about 12-24 hours. Isn’t this crazy information? You can only get pregnant during a 24 hour period in 1 ovulation (or 1 month). So those of you wanting to get pregnant, that’s why it doesn’t happen right away. And for those who don’t want to get pregnant, you must REMEMBER, that sperm can live in the body for 3-5 days. So you should definitely continue using protection!!!! And if the egg is available for one day, your most fertile time is considered to be about 5-7 days after ovulation.
4. Can I get pregnant during my period?
Ok, I know we touched on this above, but I need to make it really clear for those who aren’t paying attention. YES YOU CAN GET PREGNANT DURING YOUR PERIOD! Because sperm lives in your body for 3-5 days, pregnancy can occur from intercourse that takes place during a period. USE PROTECTION, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE ON YOUR PERIOD! (Transfer of sexual diseases can occur most easily through blood, so not just for yours and his protection, please use a condom during your period!!)
5. am i ovulating if i don’t see stretchy white cervical fluid?
YES. Every woman’s cervical fluid can be different each month and for each woman. The stretchy white cervical fluid is not the only tell-tale sign. Ovulation is assumed to take place on the day a woman has the most amount of wet fluid.
6. What if I have the stretchy cervical fluid on more than one day?
Many women can experience ovulation fluid a few days before ovulation actually takes place and can even have it after ovulation has finished. When women are studying their fluid to determine ovulation, they are looking for the 12-24 hour period that they had the greatest amount of wet fluid as the time that an egg is available for fertilization, although intercourse that happens on the few days before this can also result in pregnancy.
7. How accurate are the ovulation kits?
In general you can assume that the ovulation predictor kits are working. Since the luteninzing hormone (LH) in your body increases right before ovulation starts, Ovulation predictor kits are supposed to detect increases in your body’s LH. However, like most tests, your body chemistry could be out of balance for other reasons than ovulation and therefore cannot be an absolute measure that you ovulated or are ovulating.
Women may have a high level of the LH if they have certain conditions such as polycystic ovaries, premature ovarian failure (POF), or for women over age 40 who are experiencing perimenopause. Any of these conditions could result in a false positive result on an ovulation predictor test.
8. Can I ovulate without having a period?
In general, your body releases an egg 12-16 days before your expected period, therefore it is possible for you to get pregnant without having a period. Women who are not menstruating due to a certain condition (i.e.…low body weight, breastfeeding, perimenopause) risk the chance of ovulating at any point. For those who want to conceive, the lack of periods could make it more difficult to know the timing of ovulation if you are not charting temperature and cervical fluid changes. But if you are not having periods and wanting to prevent pregnancy, a form of contraception should be used since there is no way to know when ovulation will occur.
9. Can I have a period and not have ovulated?
Having a period does not necessarily mean that ovulation has taken place. Some women may have what is called an anovulatory cycle, (meaning no ovulation) and can experience some bleeding which is mistaken for a period, but it is actually not a true period. This bleeding is caused by either a buildup in the uterine lining that can no longer sustain itself or by an estrogen level drop. The main way to decipher if ovulation is in fact taking place is by tracking the body temperature.
10. Can i ovulate more than once during each cycle?
A woman cannot ovulate more than once during each cycle, therefore she cannot get pregnant more than once during a cycle. Multiple ovulation can occur and is when two or more eggs are released in a single cycle. Both eggs are released during one 24 hour period and are responsible for the birth of fraternal twins. It is believed that this may occur in as many as 5-10% of all cycles but does not result in that many twins due to a type of miscarriage referred to as the “vanishing twin phenomenon.”