This is the magical phase of a cycle where an egg is released from the ovary and if present, sperm will penetrate the egg to create an embryo. All of this happens in or around the Ovaries and fallopian tubes, not within the uterus.
Ovulation occurs when estrogen levels are high, progesterone levels are low and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) spikes. This LH spike is what women are tracking when doing ovulation urine tests. Women tracking their Basal Body Temperatures (BBT's) may notice a small drop in temperature just before ovulation takes place.
Along with all these changes there will also be cervical mucus present. Although some sort of discharge will always be present, fertile mucus often appears a day or two before ovulation takes place. Healthy fertile mucus will be very similar to that of egg white (clear, stringy, slippery).
By the time ovulation occours the uterine lining has grown to a healthy thickness and is ready for the implantation process to begin. The egg being released has left behind the Corpus Luteum. It's this Corpus Luteum which produces progesterone for the next 12-14 days.
When couples are trying to conceive having sex before ovulation generally provides the highest pregnancy rates. Chances of conceiving ranges between 11%-14% from 4 days before ovulation to 1 day after ovulation. This gives an approximate fertile window of 5-6 days.
For women who have difficulty ovulating, using Acupuncture is a great treatment option. Studies have shown how electro acupuncture
helps to induce ovulation. Acupuncture also helps improving the receptivity
of the uterine lining improving chances of implantation.
Phase 1 - What You Can Do To Improve Your Fertility During Your Period
Phase 2 - What You Can Do After Your Period to Improve Your Fertility
Phase 4 - What You Can Do During the Two Week Wait to Improve Your Fertility
Dr. Ryan Funk
Doctor of Chinese Medicine
Fellow of the ABORM
Acubalance Wellness Centre