What is “ovulation day”? Your pregnancy depends it!

July 31, 2019 | Yesmom

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What is ovulation day?

Across cultures throughout history, women have consistently allocated a large portion of their resources and efforts to conceiving. And it is well known that we are not equally fertile throughout the entire course of our menstrual cycle. 

We have an appreciable chance of conceiving approximately in the middle of our cycles which is only a relatively short period. The average duration of this “fertile period” is not known with precision, however each month women experience this biological ovulatory cycle that regulates fertility. So yes, your pregnancy depends on this day.

Ovulation, accompanied by a rise in the ovarian hormone estrogen occurs on day 14 of a 28-day cycle. While this varies because you can have a longer or a shorter cycle, it is vital that you know when you are fertile in order to be able to specify and define the relationships of coital frequency to either the risk of conception failure or the joy of conception. The mature egg released from the ovaries will travel to the end of the oviduct. However, it has a lifespan of 24 hours. 

What is the fertile window?

It is the period of five days before ovulation occurs including the ovulation day. Since the ovum is fertilizable for a brief period after ovulation toward which consensus now leans, the length of the fertile window also comes to depend on the duration of sperm virility within the female. Although the length of the fertile period remains quite conjectural, if you engage in sexual intercourse within these 5 days before ovulation day, your chances of conceiving will reach 10% which will grow consistently until the ovulation day. The highest odds of getting pregnant is 33%.

Is there a way to deal with it if I am not ready?

Of course, there is! The impact of contraceptive freedom on women, men and systematic population control has been revolutionizing. 

  • Contraception – there are various ways of taking a contraceptive recourse – birth control pills, contraceptive patches, insertion of intrauterine device that will stop the ovulation etc. While they will save you from unwanted pregnancy, there may be additional side effects. It’s recommended that you make an informed choice. 
  • Don’t engage in intercourse during the ovulation period – you can refrain from sexual intercourse between the 8th and 19th days of your menstrual cycle, as women tend to have a higher chance of conceiving during this time. This however only works if you have a regular menstrual cycle that lasts between 26-32 days. If your cycle is erratic, you may look for other alternatives as this might fail. 
  • Protection – unplanned pregnancies may be a mark for sexual practices that place women at a higher risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or a host of other sexually transmitted diseases. Protection like condoms may be effective interventions to prevent not just unwanted pregnancies but also the spread of STDs.