Every woman who is trying to conceive knows the connection between ovulation and pregnancy; that the ovulation is necessary for a pregnancy to occur.
However, ovulation and pregnancy are not always possible to control or time. There are signs of ovulation that one may want to look out for; but even assuming that everything is in place a pregnancy could still take time to occur.
Here is something about ovulation and pregnancy that a woman should keep in mind if she is trying to get pregnant:
The best time for intercourse so that it results in a pregnancy is on the day of ovulation and up to six days prior to that day.
Having sexual intercourse after the day of ovulation will not generally result in a pregnancy.
However, it is understood that the egg will be viable for up to 48 hours after ovulation so there is a slight chance of a pregnancy occurring then.
While it is important to find out when ovulation takes place and to have intercourse accordingly; there is no certainty that conception will take place on the day that a woman ovulates.
In fact there is only a one in three chance (about 33%) that a pregnancy will result by having sex on ovulation day. That chance drops to 8% if the intercourse occurred 5 days before ovulation.
So then we know this connection between ovulation and pregnancy, but it is not always that easy to detect when ovulation takes place. For this it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of ovulation:
- Keeping a record of the menstrual cycle is the easiest way to keep track of when ovulation takes place. The general rule governing the ovulation of women with regular 28 day cycles is day 14 or the middle of the menstrual month when calculated from the first day of the menstrual period.
- The basal body temperature is one of the key indicators of ovulation. The basal body temperature is elevated by a few tenths of a degree during ovulation and will stay that way for a while after that. Monitoring this rise of temperature is an accurate way to pinpoint ovulation. The drawback is, this is a way to detect a pattern and this wont warn you that you are about to ovulate. It will simply tell you that you have done so.
- Vaginal or cervical mucus is another indicator of ovulation. Many women experience sticky or creamy discharge at times other than when ovulating. Others have no discharge except at the time of ovulation. At the time of ovulation the discharge will appear to be the consistency and appearance of raw egg white. It is clear and stretchy. Though this is not a definite sign it is a good indicator.
- Increased sexual desire is another indicator. Many women feel extra randy about a day or two before ovulation, which is the right time to have intercourse if one wants to get pregnant. This is nature’s way of ensuring that ovulation results in pregnancy.