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What is Ovulation?
Ovulation is the process of releasing a mature ovum (egg) from your ovaries, ready to be met by a sperm. Assuming menses lasts for 5 days, you will finish bleeding on Cycle Day 5. After this time, your body is producing oestrogen and progesterone, both are significant hormones in the process of readying your body for both ovulation and conception, this is called the Follicular Phase.
Testing for Ovulation
Testing for ovulation is an important part of trying for a baby- and one you must start doing once you’ve finished taking your regular hormonal contraception (If you are using non-hormonal contraception, such as condoms, diaphragm or the copper coil, you can start testing before you begin trying). Knowing your cycles is the most important part of upping your chances for pregnancy.
Ovulation test strips are somewhat different to pregnancy tests. They pick up the Luteinizing Hormone (LH). For an ovulation test to be positive, the test line must be as dark as or darker than the control line.
Why is Ovulation so Important?
You have got an interview to get to, the most important interview of your life! But they didn’t give you a time on the confirmation email. You can only get there by train. So do you turn up at the train station around the date you think the interview is, and just hope that a train arrives and that it is going in your direction?
Ovulation is your train and your LH levels are the timetable. Though you can gage a vague idea of when ovulation is due- without confirming it, you could be much too early or far too late. With a window of just 12-24 hours, ovulation is precious. Don’t miss out by trusting an app, or presuming you have a standard cycle – get testing!
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