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Signs of Ovulation: Does it happen before or after Periods?

It is very common to have questions regarding periods although you are having them every month. There may be curiosity about something unusual you notice or something that you need to take care of.

Fertility is the concern for most girls so as to get pregnant or to avoid it for the time being. This needs a know how about your menstrual cycle although you may get fooled by the timings also. It is most certain that a woman ovulates in the mid of cycle which is around day 14 of 28 days cycle.

Trackable Changes in Menstrual Cycle

Regular menstrual cycles can be predicted according to the changes in phases. Usually a typical cycle lasts 28 days occurring every month.

The first phase known as the follicular phase may last for about 12 to 16 days followed by ovulation.

Ovulation is the release of egg from the ovary to help you get pregnant if you’re sexually active in that timr frame. Sperms are said to live in a woman’s body for up to 5 days although the egg can survive for only 24 hours.

Are there any Signs of Ovulation?

When ovulation occurs, the body will give certain symptoms like increased cervical discharge, cramps or may be some spotting.

However, the discharge is the most common sign to notice when ovulation is occuring in your cycle.

On this being said, it is rarely possible to ovulate right before period as ovulation is followed by another 12 to 16 days of luteal phase to prepare the endometrium lining for possible pregnancy.

 

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When does Ovulation Occur?

Ovulation is the natural process taking place in most of regular cycles which involves release of an egg to shed it off later in form of menstrual period if it is not fertilized.

Every cycle is different and every body may show different signs of the changes occuring in different phases.

However, it is possible to get hold of the changes in a few months. Women often try to understand their cycle either when they want to get pregnant or avoid being pregnant at all.

Can you Ovulate Right before Your Period?

Even if we assume a short cycle of 21 days, ovulation is likely to occur right after the period on day 7 or 8. Which shows that ovulation may not occur right before your period and that is the reason why most couples plan to have sex in this time frame so as to avoid pregnancy.

Also the cycle length can vary from 21 to 35 days in most cases which will again make ovulation calculation different.

So. It may be possible that you have had a long cycle this time and it was ovulation time when you thought was your luteal phase. So, you may always fall pregnant when its meant to be and no one can avoid that from happening.

Knowing the Right Time is not Always easy

Periods can be trickier than you have thought of them to be as they are not always trackable. While this may be a thing on your mind always like what phase you’re in, you may actually have passed it or not have entered it at all. So these are the body tricks to fool you and cause confusion at times.

You may get puzzled even if you’re a day late if periods are due but that may not always be a cause of concern. As there are many factors affecting a woman’s cycle including emotional and physical stress, environmental conditions, or hormonal changes.

So the next time you’re planning your events based on your period dates, get ready to be fooled as they may not synchronize always with your estimated timing.

Areeba Hussain

The author is a Medical Microbiologist and a healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. She is an author of six research papers and currently working as a research associate in a Research Lab.

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