What is the meaning of ovulate? When does it happen?
I'm sure you are aware of a woman's monthly menstrual cycle? Well, ovulation is a big part of this cycle.
Women have two tubes either side of the top of their womb that each lead to an ovary, which produces an egg each month.
During the first part of a woman's menstrual cycle (just after her period) an egg is produced in the ovary. Typically about half way through the menstrual cycle (about 14 days in), the egg is released from one of the ovaries and starts to travel down the tube on it's way to the womb.
This is called ovulation. It can occur at any time during a woman's menstrual cycle, but for many women ovulation occurs around 14 days before their next period is due.
When a woman becomes pregnant it means that a sperm from a man has found the egg and fertilized it. The fertilized egg then continues its journey to the womb and becomes embedded in the thickened lining of the womb. It then developes into a baby.
If the egg does not get fertilized it does not become embedded in the lining of the womb and at the end of the cycle the egg and lining of the womb are passed through the vagina, this being a period.
You can find out when you ovulate by charting your basal body temperature (a peak in temperature indicates ovulation is about to occur), by monitoring your cervical mucus (cervical mucus becomes clear with the consistency of egg white around ovulation) or by using ovulation test kits which tell you when you have ovulated and give you an idea of when in each cycle you are likely to be ovulating.
I hope this is helpful.
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