Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is made available to be fertilized.
Approximately every month an egg will mature within one of your ovaries. As it reaches maturity, the egg is released by the ovary where it enters the fallopian tube to make its way towards waiting for sperm and the uterus.
The lining of the uterus has thickened to prepare for the fertilized egg. If no conception occurs, the uterine lining, as well as blood, will be shed.
However, the signs of ovulation vary from woman to woman. It is possible that some women will not even experience ovulation symptoms just as the time of ovulation differs for every woman.
Below are eight important things you should know about ovulation:
• Each women are born with millions of unfertilised eggs waiting for ovulation to begin.
• Some women may experience light blood or spotting during ovulation.
• One egg is normally released during ovulation every month.
• An egg lives between 12 to 24 hours after leaving the ovaries.
• Some women can feel a bit of pain or aching near the ovaries during ovulation.
• Ovulation can occur even if menstruation has not occurred.
• Implantation of fertilised egg normally takes 6-12 hours after ovulation.
• Ovulation can be affected by stress, illness or disruption of normal routine.