Trying to conceive? Here are top ovulation myths busted by an expert | Health

Knowing the ovulation days always helps to improve the chances of pregnancy and relieve the stress of those trying to conceive. Ovulation, can be mentioned as a process in which an adult egg is released from the ovary, and then it goes to the fallopian tube and is fertilized during fertilization.

This usually happens in the middle of one’s monthly cycle. Thus, as is commonly believed, ovulation does not always occur on the 14th day, but may occur sooner or later, depending on the length of the menstrual cycle.

There are some women who have irregular menstruation but that does not mean they will have fertility problems. Although it may indicate a health problem, one has to get to the root of the problem.

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Your best chances of getting pregnant are a few days before and one day after ovulation. Typically, a sperm, when released, remains active for five days. Considering the ovum normally lives 24 hours, couples can try their luck in the two-three-day window before ovulation or one-day thereafter.

Here are some ovulation myths that Dr. Bharati Dhorepatil, consultant infertility expert, NOVA IVF fertility, Pune, lifted.

Myth 1: Ovulation occurs on day 14

Fact:The ovulation cycle takes place in three phases: the follicular phase, ovulation and luteal phase. In the follicular phase menstruation takes place and also the growth of follicles that contain the eggs. Then eggs begin to mature, and the ovulation phase begins. After ovulation, the ruptured follicle becomes corpus luteum and generates progesterone, which prepares one’s uterus for implantation.

The menstrual cycle of every woman is different. Ovulation will not necessarily occur on day 14 for every woman. Ovulation is seen when the adult eggs have reached a certain state of development and produce estrogen. In fact, several studies have suggested that many women ovulate on day 17. In addition, only one egg is ovulated in each cycle, and ovaries vary from cycle to cycle. So, only consult your expert in case you have any doubt about ovulation.

Myth 2: Ovulation day can be predicted via calendar or an application

Fact:It is claimed that calendars or applications can predict ovulation day. However, according to research, ovulation day differs for any given cycle length and this is not possible for calendars and applications that use cycle length information to give a proper prediction of ovulation. The follicular phase leading to ovulation therefore differs from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle.

Myth 3: There will be tremendous pain during ovulation

Fact:This is not true at all. Ovulation is painless. There are only a few women who may have discomfort in the lower back or abdomen just before ovulation. But there are no cases where tremendous pain has been reported.

Myth 4: An irregular cycle will indicate that one is less fertile

Fact:It will be difficult to predict the fertility window if one has an irregular menstrual cycle. But that does not mean that one is less fertile. In some cases, irregular periods may indicate that there is some underlying medical condition that could take a toll on one’s fertility.

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