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One in two couples fail to conceive because they miss the fertile window – those few days a month when a woman can get pregnant. The most fertile period for a woman is when she ovulates. So if you know when you’re ovulating, you can take action to get pregnant.
It’s also important to understand how ovulation occurs and to recognise the signs that your body is telling you that it’s in the optimal phase for conception. Discover in this article how to choose the right moment for intimate contact, so that BARZA comes quickly and safely.
What is ovulation
Ovulation is part of the menstrual cycle and marks the moment when the mature egg is released from the ovary. Once released, the egg travels down the fallopian tube and remains there for 12 to 24 hours, where it may or may not be fertilised.
The chance of getting pregnant is maximised when sperm are present in the fallopian tubes at the time of ovulation. If fertilised, the egg migrates to the uterus, where it implants to develop a pregnancy. If left unfertilised, the egg disintegrates and the lining of the uterus leaks during menstruation.
When ovulation occurs: method of calculation
A normal menstrual cycle is between 28-30 days. These days are numbered from the first day of the current month’s period to the first day of the next period. The only period that remains fixed throughout this interval is the ovulation period.
If you have a 28-day menstrual cycle, you drop 14 days. That 14th day is the most fertile day of the month. If your menstrual cycle is 30 days long, this means that the 16th day is the day of ovulation, which is when you are most likely to conceive a baby.
Signs that indicate ovulation
The main sign is an increase and change in vaginal discharge. The cervical mucus takes on the consistency of raw egg white, becoming clear and elastic, and thus creating an environment necessary for the survival and circulation of sperm.
Immediately after ovulation, the level of secretion decreases and it becomes thicker, cloudy and less visible. Signs that indicate ovulation include:
- increased libido;
- sore breasts;
- pain in the lower back;
- sharp cramps, rarely felt in frequency, in the lower abdomen (sometimes accompanied by nausea);
- much more pronounced skin odour;
- change in basal temperature.
How to find your most fertile period safely, quickly and comfortably
It may not be handy to track your basal body temperature or monitor your cervical mucus every day, so Barza Ovulation Tests can help you accurately determine your fertile window and increase your chances of getting pregnant.
By self-testing, you can detect the presence of luteinised hormone (LH) in your urine within five minutes and find out when you are likely to conceive. A positive result indicates that ovulation will occur in the next 24-48 hours.
And if the result you want is slow in coming, it may be time to do a home fertility test with your husband.