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Days 10-18: The Ovulatory Phase
The Ovulatory Phase of the menstrual cycle occurs in the middle of your menstrual cycle. An increase in the the luteinizing hormone (LH) level causes the mature follicle to burst and release the egg, usually around day 14. This is what is commonly called ovulation. From the ovary, the egg travels to the fallopian tube where it awaits potential fertilization by a man’s sperm.
The best days for conception generally occur from days 11 to 17 – the days leading up to and immediately following ovulation. If the egg is not fertilized, it will dissipate within 12 to 24 hours.