What is ovulation?

Ovulation is when one or more eggs are released from one of your ovaries. This is the most fertile time of your menstrual cycle. Each month, 15 to 20 eggs mature inside the ovaries. The ripest egg is released into the pelvic cavity and swept into the fallopian tube. Which ovary releases the egg is fairly random. Ovulation does not necessarily switch between ovaries each cycle.

How does ovulation decide when I can get pregnant?

To become pregnant naturally, an egg and a sperm have to meet in the fallopian tube before the egg dies. An egg survives no more than 24 hours after ovulation; unless, of course, it is fertilised by a sperm. However, sperm can survive for much longer within the genital tract (your vagina, uterus or fallopian tubes). It has been found that sperm can survive inside you for up to seven days. However, sperm with the best motility (moving swiftly, usually in a straight line) are produced when a man ejaculates every three to four days on average.

This means that you don't have to time sex to the exact moment of ovulation to get pregnant. It is probably more realistic to think of a "fertile window" of about four to five days when live, healthy sperm could meet a freshly ovulated egg.

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