A Brief Biology Lesson With Dr. Elsa: What is Ovulation?

A Brief Biology Lesson With Dr. Elsa: What is Ovulation?


In a woman's life, every menstrual cycle has two different milestones: a period and ovulation, which she keeps track of. Noting the time and keeping track of ovulation and menstrual cycles not only helps you get pregnant but also helps you avoid one. If you are new to the field of trying to conceive or just want to know more about how the reproductive system of a female works this article presented by the Best Fertility Clinic in Dubai will shed light on what exactly is ovulation all about.

Dive deeper into the concept of ovulation

Ovulation is a monthly, recurring process that happens when an egg is released from the ovaries. In detail, ovulation occurs when one of your ovaries releases an egg, which travels through the fallopian tube where sperm cells may or may not fertilize it. It is considered the main point of a menstrual cycle, but whatever happens after ovulation is different.

If the sperm cell fertilizes the eggs it moves to the uterus resulting in chances of getting pregnant and if a sperm does not fertile the egg disintegrates and sheds the uterine lining resulting in periods, says the Best Female Gynaecologist in Dubai.

symptoms Of  ovulation?

The signs of ovulation are different from woman to woman and are said to occur at different intensities. During the day of ovulation, there are several symptoms that occur, like:

1. Breast tenderness :- Due to the rush of hormones during the period of ovulation, a woman experiences breast tenderness, sore nipples, and sensitivity.

2. Spotting :- During ovulation, light spotting of blood or brown discharge can be experienced. Even though it is not that common, it can occur when the follicle surrounding the egg increases and ruptures, resulting in bleeding.

3. Libido changes :-A woman experiences libido changes around the time of ovulation. The symptoms of libido changes are considered a natural way of saying that it is the right time to try to get pregnant.

4. Abdominal pain :-The process of ovulation always comes with slight pain in the lower part of the abdomen. While ovulating, you will experience the pain for a couple of minutes or for several hours.

5. Cervical mucus changes :- A night before ovulating, your body will release a discharge that is different from your regular days. The cervical mucus before ovulating can be clear and thin in consistency, whereas after the period of ovulating, the cervical mucus or discharge appears to be cloudy with a thick consistency.

When do women ovulate?

As per a fertility specialist in Dubai, on average, ovulation occurs midway through each cycle, which means the process happens somewhere between days 11 and 21 of the menstrual cycle. But as each menstruating woman has her own schedule of periods, they ovulate accordingly. The normal time to ovulate is anytime between 6 to 21 days of your cycle.

How can one calculate the ovulation date?

Just like you calculate your menstrual cycles, one can easily calculate the ovulation date in a number of ways. The most common ways to calculate the ovulation date are:

1. Measuring BBT  BBT here stands for Monitor basal body temperature. The primary way to predict ovulation is to monitor basal body temperature. Before ovulation, in the first half of               the cycle, the basal body temperature is considered to be constant, whereas the sooner the ovulation date reaches near you can see a decrease in your body temperature.

2. Chart cycle :- Another method of calculating your ovulating time period is through a menstrual chart cycle. You can know about it by simply recording the start date of the period and the end date. In general, if your period occurs at the same time every month, then it can mean that your body is ovulating or that it occurs two weeks before the period.

3. Ovulation calculators, ovulation predictor kits, and monitors :- Charting the dates down every time can be confusing and tricky sometimes for which you can easily switch to ovulation calculators, ovulation predictor kits, and monitors.

Is there a disorder linked to ovulation?

When it comes to health if you are experiencing any medical condition or disorder the occurrence of ovulation is delayed resulting in disruption of your whole menstrual cycle. Common ovulation disorders include:

1. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) :- Known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS is a health condition that causes the body to produce a higher level of androgen, a male hormone, in contrast to estrogen, a female hormone.

2. Hypothalamic dysfunction :- An uncommon disorder that affects women with a lower body fat percentage and results in hypothalamic amenorrhea.

3. Hyperprolactinemia :- Excess prolactin or hyperprolactinemia can happen due to different health concerns, like hypothyroidism, which results in irregular periods.

A word from Dr. Elsa, a trained Obstetrician, and Gynecologist in Dubai

The above-mentioned information is approximately all that a woman needs to know about ovulation, its importance, its occurrence, its symptoms, and more. To best know about your ovulation, it is advised to regularly lookout for the symptoms, if things go out of the ordinary it is advised to visit a doctor or fix an appointment at New Concept Clinic with Dr. Elsa, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Doctors in Dubai offering women health services.