How to Use an Ovulation Calendar

According to the American Pregnancy Association, women who have a 28 to 32 day menstrual cycle generally experience ovulation between day 11 and day 21 of their cycle. When you are ovulating, an ovarian follicle will discharge an ovum (egg). The ovum then travels down a fallopian tube where, if healthy sperm is present in that fallopian tube, the egg can be fertilized. The hypothalamus regulates ovulation by “telling” the pituitary gland and the brain’s anterior lobe to begin secreting follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). FSH is need to initiate egg development and increase estrogen levels. LH assists in egg maturation and also triggers ovulation as well as…