Ovulation

    • Brief

    • Ovulation is part of your menstrual cycle when an egg is released from your ovary. It is a time when a woman is highly fertile and can get pregnant from having unprotected sex.

      Body changes like breast tenderness, ovulation pain, and a change in cervical mucus happen during ovulation. To know that ovulation has started, you can either watch out for these symptoms or use a home test kit. The test kit is more reliable and is easily available at pharmacies and from online stores in Nigeria.

    • More about ovulation

    • Ovulation usually happens between day 13 and day 15 of a 28-day cycle. You can calculate how many days make up your menstrual cycle by documenting your pattern for three months. You can use a diary or a calendar app on your phone. Record the date of the first day of your period for three months in a row. Count the number of days from one month to the next, which should fall between 21 and 35 days. Ovulation should start halfway, so if you have a 35 day cycle, ovulation will happen on the 17th day.

      Understanding when ovulation happens is vital when you are trying to become pregnant. A woman is highly fertile when she is ovulating, and if she has unprotected sex, she has a high chance of becoming pregnant.

    • Symptoms of ovulation

      • During ovulation, your body temperature increases. To get an accurate measurement, you should take your temperature at rest and at the same time every day.
      • The colour and texture of your discharge change to look like raw egg white. This consistency helps the sperm to move swiftly to meet the egg. 
      • You may experience increased sensitivity and tenderness when you touch your breasts.
      • You may have increased sexual desire.
      • You may have ovulation pain, which comes as a sudden lower pelvic pain. Some women experience this pain every month, but it usually is not so severe to disrupt daily activities.
    • Ovulation tracking and testing

      • Ovulation test kits and strips to confirm if you are currently ovulating are available at pharmacies. Follow the instructions provided with the test to get an accurate result.
      • Ovulation tracking apps can notify you of the days when you are ovulating by taking into account your menstrual cycle. This is particularly helpful if you have trouble remembering or calculating dates.
      • Monitor the signs of ovulation and look out for changes in your discharge. Breast tenderness and body temperature are also both crucial to look out for.
    • Kulawa cares

    • For some women their menstrual cycle does not result in the release of an egg. If you have tracked your ovulation for at least three months, and you have been unable to get pregnant, speak to your healthcare provider. They will run tests to confirm whether you are fertile or not, and they will provide you with helpful advice and treatment if needed.