Many couples and young mothers struggle with the challenges of conceiving and end up spending thousands of dollars on treatments without taking out the time to actually understand the process that leads to the birth of a baby inside you.
In this comprehensive guide, we help you understand the concepts of fertility and the process of ovulation without confusing you with difficult medical terminologies. Understanding the underlying dynamics of getting pregnant are essential in order to boost your chances of getting pregnant as it allows you and your partner to plan sex strategically and encourage the process of fertilization.
Here, take a look at comprehensive guide to fertility & ovulation to promote your chances of conceiving:
How does the Monthly Cycle Work?
It is important to understand your monthly cycle as it is detrimental in boosting your chances of conceiving without facing challenges and disappointments. The first phase of the menstruation cycle begins with the first day of your period. Multiple hormones are released by your body, for instance, the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which allow eggs to grow within your ovaries. From day 2 to day 14, these hormones aid in thickening up the uterus lining and preparing it to host a fertilized egg. This stage is referred to as the follicular stage.
What is the Ovulation Process?
On average, a menstrual cycle tends to vary between 28 to 35 days, and ovulation typically occurs from day 11 to day 22 of this cycle. The Luteinizing Hormone (LH) plays a detrimental role as its increase causes the ovaries to release and egg, which is at its ripest. While the ovaries are releasing the egg, the cervical mucus becomes like a slippery slope that allows the sperm to easily find its way towards the egg.
1. Timing Truly Matters
Research reveals that women are born with nearly 2 million eggs of which only 300-400 eggs are released during the ovulation processes that occur throughout their lives. Typically, women release one egg each month, and this egg has to travel through one of the two fallopian tubes that connect the uterus with the ovaries.
The timing is everything because the sperm will only fertilize the egg on its journey to the uterus if the timing of both correlate with one another. If fertilization does not occur within 24 hours since the egg was released by the ovary, the egg is dissolved and excreted. A sperm, on the other hand, can live up 3 to 5 days, and therefore, if you understand when ovulation occurs in your body, it can make it easier for you to become pregnant by planning sex accordingly.