When asking yourself “Am I pregnant?”, one quickly becomes a pregnancy detective of sorts. This path leads to more questions like can I get pregnant on my period? or can I get pregnant after my period? (We all have been there!) All chances of you getting pregnant revolve around your cycle. Let’s break it down together.
How Ovulation Works
The key to getting pregnant is understanding your ovulation cycle. This is when a mature egg is released from one of the ovaries, which usually takes place near the 14th day of a 28-day cycle.
A typical cycle is measured by the last day of your period to the first day of your next period, about 28-32 days. If you are like me, this isn’t always cut in stone. Everybody is different. Discover your Fertility window in seconds with the APA ovulation calendar.
Every woman’s body is completely unique yet similar in nature. By believing in our capabilities, and using our strengths, we are empowered.
Ovulation is a delicate hormonal process of the female reproductive system governed by five main hormones. Each hormone triggers one another coordinating the release and growth of an egg from the ovaries.
This is the simple yet complex process that creates a monthly cycle.
Three hormones are produced in the brain, the Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinising hormone (LH). While the other two hormones estrogen and progesterone, are made in the ovaries.
Pregnancy After Ovulation
Getting pregnant after ovulation is possible but limited to the 12-48 hours after your egg has been released. Cervical mucus helps sperm live up to 5 days in a woman’s body. It takes 6 hours for active sperm to reach the fallopian tubes. If the sperm is there when an egg is released you can quickly become pregnant in the 1 to 2 days after ovulation.
What Affects Ovulation?
Our bodies are programmed to function like self-healing machines. Although, everybody has a different genetic makeup and are exposed to different environmental factors. Factors that affect the process of these hormones. If you believe you are facing infertility, remember that you have options and are not alone.
According to a survey taken in 2015 by the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey,
There has been a 65% increase in IVF since 2003.
Some environmental factors that affect ovulation:
- Stress can play a big role in ovulation irregularities. Practice stress relieving exercises like deep breathing, gentle exercise, stretching, yoga, meditation, and positive affirmations.
- A healthy balanced diet is another big factor. If your dietary needs are not being met, your hormones and ovulation can be affected.
- Chemicals in our environment have a large effect on how our bodies work. According to a study published in 2003 by Environmental Health Perspectives,”industrial compounds can decrease a couple’s ability to have children by up to 29%“.
Do You Need Some Help?
Every pregnancy is a blessing of new life. Whether you are trying to conceive or attempting to avoid getting pregnant, knowing more about all your options is encouraging.
No matter the situation you may be facing, you are NOT ALONE. Everyone has a different story yet similar circumstances. Together we can help each other overcome and gain strength!
If you need to speak to professional near you or just want to chat with other women that have been there, we are here to help.