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When Do I Ovulate?

If you’re trying to conceive, becoming familiar with your ovulation is a must—it’s the key to achieving a pregnancy. But when exactly are you ovulating?

The exact time you ovulate depends on the length of your menstrual cycle. If you have a 28-day cycle, you’ll usually ovulate around days 13 to 15, with Day 1 as the first day of your period. You ovulate when hormones cause a mature follicle to release an egg from the ovary, so it could be available for fertilization.

Since the timing of your ovulation depends on your menstrual cycle—and can even vary each month—it can be helpful to learn ways to tell if ovulation is imminent. That way, you can plan sex accordingly.

Here are some easy ways to tell if you may be ovulating:

  • Charting your basal body temperature: Your body temperature raises very slightly—usually 0.4 to 0.8 degrees Fahrenheit—with ovulation, so charting your temperature over the course of several months with a special thermometer can help you figure out the timing.
  • Checking out your cervical mucus: Your cervical mucus can change in consistency throughout your menstrual cycle, ranging from dry or sticky before ovulation to slightly creamier as ovulation draws near. Then right before it occurs, it may take on a slippery, raw-egg-white consistency.
  • Using an ovulation prediction kit (OPK): These at-home tests check your luteinizing hormone, which rises sharply about 12 to 48 hours before ovulation.

For more information on how to tell if you are ovulating, check out this video with Dr. Eric Flisser of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York:

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