Ovulation is the point in the menstrual cycle when a mature ovarian follicle ruptures and discharges an ovum (also known as an oocyte, female gamete, or an egg) that participates in reproduction.
Ovulation can be detected by various signs not readily discernable by anyone other than the woman experiencing them. Women nearing ovulation experience changes in their cervix and the mucus it produces along with their basal body temperature.
Many women also experience secondary fertility signs including Mittelschmerz (pain associated with ovulation), a heightened sense of smell and sexual desire in the days immediately leading up to ovulation.
Some studies suggest women subtly improve their facial attractiveness during ovulation.
Once your egg has been released from the ovary, it is swept into the fallopian tube. Sperm that reach the egg while in the fallopian tube surrounds it and releases a digestive enzyme to weaken the wall of the mother egg. When a sperm penetrates the outer wall of the egg, the race is over. Having sexual intercourse any other time of the month to get pregnant is less productive because of this narrow window of opportunity.
This is why the KNOWHEN® Advanced Saliva Ovulation Test is an excellent monitoring tool when you want to become pregnant. It is reusable daily with a lifetime guarantee saving you the cost of buying single use ovulation test strips.
To increase your chances of conceiving through a natural contraceptive method, you should know your ovulation cycle which can vary from person to person.
Sperm can live up to 72 hours. Having intercourse during this 72 hour window of time can significantly increase your chances to conceive, but only if you know your ovulation cycle.
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