|Ovulation occurs when your ovary releases an egg. The egg then
passes into your fallopian tube. If the egg is fertilized by sperm
within 24 hours, you may become pregnant.
Most women ovulate near the middle of their monthly menstrual
cycle. The average cycle length for a woman is between 23 to 35
days. It is possible, however, to have a longer or shorter menstrual
cycle. Sometimes it is even possible to have ovulation occur twice
in one month, or to have a month where no ovulation occurs at all.
Most doctors agree that ovulation usually happens 13 to 14 days
before starting your period or monthly bleeding.
Just prior to ovulation, your body produces more estrogen. This
is sometimes called an “estrogen surge.” You are able
to see this estrogen in your saliva in the form of the crystal-like
or ferning patterns using the TCI OvuLook™ Ovulation Detector.
When you see these patterns you will know that ovulation is likely
to occur in the next 24 to 72 hours.
It is important to note that an estrogen surge or ovulation may
not occur in all cycles.
It is recommended that you use a new round
tracking disk each month. This way you can compare your saliva
patterns with the months before. You will also be able to show
the disks to your health care provider or doctor, so he/she can
help you to understand your fertility cycle.
By using your tester regularly, you will be able to understand
your fertility cycles by seeing the ferning patterns that develop
in your saliva around the time of ovulation.