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Knowing When You Ovulate is Key to Getting Pregnant
By Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill and Dr. Alane Park, OB/GYNs and Chief Medical Consultants for e.p.t®
Ovulation is the process of a mature egg being released from the ovary. At approximately mid-way through your menstrual cycle, luteinizing hormone rises, or surges, and triggers the ovary to release one egg. The egg then moves to the fallopian tube where, if timing is right, it will be fertilized.
An egg can be fertilized up to 24 hours after ovulation. Sperm, which fertilize the egg, can live for 3 to 5 days. That means that most women can get pregnant from intercourse that occurred just before or just after ovulation – a window of approximately 5 to 7 days.
Women with a normal 28-day cycle generally ovulate on day 14. So, using the above scenario, she is most likely to get pregnant by having sex every other day from day 12 to day 16. There are resources like online ovulation calculators to help you determine your most fertile days. But what if your cycle isn’t normal? What if your periods are irregular? How can you time sex to get pregnant?
There are a number of ways to determine when you ovulate:
- Charting your basal body temperature (BBT). BBT is the temperature of your body at rest. By taking and charting your BBT each morning when you wake up, you will notice patterns in your cycle and determine when you ovulate.
- Monitoring your cervical mucus. The consistency of your cervical mucus changes at each phase of your cycle. As ovulation approaches, it develops a raw, egg white consistency.
- Monitoring your cervical position. As ovulation approaches, your cervix rises to the top of the vagina and becomes more soft and moist.
- Using an over the counter ovulation predictor test. These tests provide a more immediate, reliable and accurate way of determining ovulation.
An ovulation predictor test monitors your LH surge, letting you know the optimal time to have sex to get pregnant. The e.p.t™ Ovulation Test Plus comes with seven test wands to help you find your most fertile days. And it’s clear, easy to read and is over 99% accurate.
And what makes the e.p.t™ Ovulation Test Plus more unique is that it is the only ovulation test to include a 30-day supply of prenatal folic acid vitamin supplements to help with development of a healthy fetus and baby. According to the CDC, 400 mcg of folic acid daily for at least one month prior to conceiving and during the first trimester can reduce the chance of certain birth defects up to 70%.