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When Do You Ovulate After Period

If you are trying to conceive, then knowing when you ovulate is very crucial. It can be a deal-breaker! If you have sexual intercourse outside this very limited time, you will likely not conceive. Everyone ovulates at a different time, but there are ways and tricks to pinpoint the exact or rough time of ovulation. If you would like to know when do you ovulate after your period, you should understand how your body works.

In this post, the following will be discussed.

1.) Understanding The Menstrual Cycle
2.) When Do You Ovulate After Period?
3.) Symptoms Of Ovulation
4.) How To Pinpoint The Exact Or Approximate Time Of Ovulation
5.) When Should I Have Sexual Intercourse For Conception?


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Understanding The Menstrual Cycle

A normal menstrual cycle is usually 28 days, but it can range anywhere from 21 to 40 days. It includes the first day of your period to the last day right before you get your next period. It consists of 4 phases. The first phase starts from the time you see your period until it ends. Your period usually lasts for 3 to 8 days. The second phase is the follicular phase which includes the first day of your period to the last day of ovulation.  It is usually between 11 and 27 days. The third phase is the ovulation phase. This is the shortest phase which is between 12 and 24 hours. The fourth phase is the luteal phase which is the day after ovulation to the day right before you get your next period. This is usually between 11 and 17 days.  You see how short the ovulation period is compared to the rest of the month!

When Do You Ovulate After Period?

Firstly, ovulation is the release of an egg from an ovary. Usually, a high level of LH causes your ovaries to release an egg that survives approximately 24 hours. If it meets a sperm, it has a chance of becoming a baby. If it does not meet any sperm, it will die and be release with your next period.

Click here to read more about what is ovulation.

So, when do you ovulate after a period? The fertile window, the time period in which you may get pregnant, is usually 6 days. 5 days before ovulation days and the day of ovulation. It is wrong to calculate your ovulation date based on how many days you have passed after your period. Instead, count how many days it is approximately before your next period. Usually, 14 days before your next period is the day of ovulation. But, this is just a guess. To calculate a better estimate, continue reading.

when do you ovulate after period

Symptoms Of Ovulation

It is important to look for symptoms of ovulation. They are quite recognizable if you actually look for them.

Here are some signs.

  • Increased Cervical Mucus
  • Egg White Cervical Mucus
  • Higher Basal Temperature
  • Increased Sexual Drive
  • Mild Cramps Around Ovary
  • Cervix Softens and Opens Up
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Light Bleeding

Did you know that some people ovulate more than once a month?

How To Pinpoint The Exact or Approximate Time Of Ovulation

  • If you are pinpointing your ovulation day by looking for symptoms, you should know most of the ovulation symptoms occur a day or a few hours before ovulation.
  • You can also use ovulation kits to pinpoint the date of your ovulation. You would have a positive test a day or two before ovulation. Keep in mind, if you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), these tests won’t work for you.
  • You can also detect ovulation by having an ultrasound done.
  • Fertility monitors are expensive by help track ovulation by measuring two hormones, FSH and LH.

When Should I Have Sexual Intercourse For Conception?

If you want to have a specific gender, read this article “How To Choose The Sex Of Your Baby.”

If you don’t care about gender, then you should have sexual intercourse 5 days before ovulation and on the day of ovulation, and the day after ovulation. You could also have sexual intercourse every other day in that fertile window.

You could also have sexual intercourse every other day for the entire month. Keep in mind, if your partner has a low sperm count you should save up and only focus on the fertile window.

If you and your partner have no infertility problems, you should be pregnant within the first 6 months of trying this method. If you would like to increase your chance of conception and conceive even more quickly, then you should read this article “Tips and Tricks To Get Pregnant Quickly.”

What If I Don’t What To Get Pregnant

If you are trying to prevent pregnancy, trying to predict your ovulation date and not have sexual intercourse around the fertile period is not the way. You may make a mistake in predicting the date, your partner’s sperm may survive more than you anticipate. The best way to prevent pregnancies is by using a contraceptive. Talk to your doctor about birth control options.

Read “Different Types Of Birth Control” to learn about the different birth controls.

Disclosure: I am not a doctor. This is not medical advice. Tell your doctor if you want to conceive or not. 

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2 months ago

This was such a great article. Thanks so much for all the information that you provided!

2 months ago

This was a really good article. I appreciate you sharing this info and how you laid it out for women to understand.

2 months ago

Such a useful post about a topic that we definitely need to talk more about as it is something women always wonder about

Monica Simpson
Monica Simpson
2 months ago

I have been fortunate to have a few of those symptoms so it’s been pretty easy for me to know when I ovulate. I also really love the app Fertility Friend to track my periods.

2 months ago

I have PCOS so I relied on OPKs as I ovulate randomly to know when I was ovulating. Physical signs can be helpful but aren’t always accurate.

Luna S
Luna S
2 months ago

Fantastic post! I will pass this onto a friend who is trying to have a baby. Thanks for writing this up!