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Getting to know your body: 7 things you should know about ovulation

We hear the word ‘ovulation’ a lot but do we really understand what it is and how it affects our bodies? Most women really don’t know the first thing about ovulation but you are about to become one of the women who do.

1. What is ovulation?

It refers to when an egg is released from your ovary. If it is fertilized, you become pregnant. If not, you have your period as it disintegrates. 

2. When does it happen?

This is the million-dollar question for most women. Usually, a menstrual cycle is 28 days (starting from the day you begin your period) and ovulation happens around day 14. Even if your cycle is not the typical 28 days, ovulation happens around the midpoint.

3. How long does it last?

The process usually begins between day 6 and day 14 of your menstrual cycle. Once the egg is mature, your body experiences a hormone surge and then it is released. Release (ovulation) can take place about 28 to 36 hours after the surge.

4. Does it come with symptoms?

Sometimes you feel one-sided pain in your abdomen, right? That is one symptom. Other symptoms are vaginal discharge, breast tenderness, increased sex drive, and light bleeding. 

5. Can one ovulate more than once in a cycle?

Yup! Some women can ovulate up to 3 times within a cycle. This means they release eggs multiple times. Meanwhile, some women release more than one egg at a time, and this is how fraternal twins are conceived. 

6. Can one only get pregnant during ovulation?

No. sperm can live in the reproductive tract for up to 5 days so if you release your egg in that period, it may be fertilized. Eggs remain viable for 12 to 24 hours. 

7. What if one doesn’t ovulate regularly?

If you have been tracking your ovulation, it is possible to know if it is regular or not. Thus, if you have suspicions, you should speak to a doctor. 

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