Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from ovary of a women's and pushed down to the fallopian tube to be fertilized by the sperm. Women who have a regular menstrual cycle will ovulate every month. Women are most fertile during the ovulation phase and that is why it is the best times to undergo sexual intercourse. It can be difficult to predict when ovulation will occur, but mostly it occurs 12-16 days prior to her next period. The average menstrual cycle of females is 28-32 days, so ovulation usually occurs at the midpoint of a woman's cycle.
Ovulation is important because it is considered the best time for a woman to get pregnant. Without understanding your cycle, ovulation and your fertile window, it is a bit frustrating for couples trying for a baby with zero success. The ins and outs of fertility are surely little difficult but a basic understanding of where ovulation fits in to the fertility puzzle is necessary in making use of your fertile days.
Work out the length of your average menstrual cycle. If fertilization does not happens then the egg dissolves after 24 hours and hormone levels decreases. Ovulation happens to be about 2 weeks before the next expected period. So, if your average menstrual cycle is 28 days, you ovulate around day 14. It is very normal for the menstruation to range anywhere from 24 to 34 days. From then on, you can subtract 14 days from the expected start day of your period to get an estimated ovulation day. Tracking your ovulation this way through marking a calendar is an effective way of monitoring your cycle. You can also check that you are ovulating by checking your cervical mucus. Just before ovulation, your cervical mucus (pale-colored liquid) starts releasing from the vagina which is slippery and clear. That is an indication that you are about to ovulate, as the sperm can be passed easily through the mucus at this time. You can also buy ovulation cycle kits from any of the pharmacy, as it is helpful in detecting the LH surge through your urine. Female ovulation has just one aim pregnancy so make the most of it.