Why Tracking Ovulation is Important in Helping You Conceive
Tracking ovulation is one of the many things women can do to help increase their chances of becoming pregnant. Having the proper knowledge about tracking your ovulation cycle can increase your chances of getting a BFP. In addition to tracking your ovulation, using testing kits to track LH Surge can be very beneficial and more information on how to track your LH surge can be found here.
In this blog, we will discuss what you need to know when tracking your ovulation to help increase the chances of conception.
What You Should Know About Ovulation
Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary and is made available to be fertilized. This process usually occurs once a month. Each woman is different, and the egg can take anywhere from 12-36 hours to break through the ovary wall and be released into the Fallopian tube.
According to TheWomens.org, an egg can live only between 12 to 24 hours once it leaves the ovary. The egg must be fertilized in this time frame in order for a woman to become pregnant. This is why it is so important for women to track their ovulation so that they can time insemination correctly for the best chance to conceive. Now comes the tricky part and the reason why you need to test, test, test to get this right.
The Menstrual Cycle
The average menstrual cycle for women is 28 days. However, this can vary as some women have much shorter cycles and others have much longer cycles. According to The Mayo Clinic, a normal menstrual cycle ranges from 21 to 35 days. Cycles that are shorter or longer than this may mean that ovulation has not occurred and there typically are no other symptoms.
Ovulation occurs around 4 days before or after the midpoint of a menstrual cycle. For example, ovulation will occur anywhere between the 10th day to the 18th day of a 28-day cycle whose mid-point is 14 days.
Keep in mind that outside factors such as illness, stress, and overall disruption of normal routines can throw off your ovulation cycle.
If you track your cycle for three months prior to trying to conceive (TTC) you will have a better idea of knowing when you ovulate and will be able to catch the egg with the sperm during that crucial 12-24 hour window.
What Testing Can Teach You
Knowing the average length of your ovulation cycle can improve the chances of becoming pregnant. Testing your cycle with Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) for three months or longer prior to inseminating will help determine when ovulation will occur. OPKs plus other testing methods such as cervical mucus tests, and basal body temperature can help provide a more accurate prediction of ovulation.
According to American Pregnancy.org, sperm can live up to 5 days in a woman’s reproductive tract. At Cryos, we suggest wrapping insemination around your most fertile time by selecting two MOT 10 straws and inseminating 12 and 24 hours after your first detection of an LH surge. Note that the test line must be as dark or darker than the control line in order for it to be a positive as evidenced in the pictures below. While frozen sperm can live up to 72 hours, we suggest using it at its highest potency which is within the first 36 hours after thawing.
Begin testing the day after your period ends once a day until you see a faint line. Four days before your midpoint you can test several times a day until you get your first positive (see the highlighted test above). Remember the test line must be as dark or darker than the control line. You can then inseminate 12 hours after your first positive test and then do a second insemination 12 hours after your first insemination or 24 hours after the first positive. Trying to conceive around your ovulation will give you the best results and increases your overall chance of becoming pregnant!
Key Points to Keep in Mind
- Frozen sperm is most potent within the first 36 hours after thawing
- A mature egg can only be fertilized between 12 and 24 hours after it leaves the ovary
- The LH surge usually occurs between 24 to 36 hours before ovulation
- On average, a woman’s menstruation cycle lasts 28 days
- A cycle ranging between 21 to 35 days is still considered normal
- Typically, ovulation will occur near the midpoint of your menstrual cycle
- This typically can range between 4 days before and 4 days after the midpoint
- Ovulation can be affected by illness, stress, or other disruptions to your normal routine
Do you have any questions? Cryos would be more than happy to assist you! Contact us to speak with one of our knowledgeable bilingual Client Service Representatives. Call us at (407) 203-1175 or email us at [email protected]. We also have a live online chat that you can access through our website here.