When trying to conceive, it is vital to have an understanding of how ovulation works in order to improve fertility and increase chances of conception. This includes the ins and outs of your monthly cycle and the best methods for tracking it, as well as what to expect during the two weeks after ovulation.
The final phase of your monthly cycle is the luteal phase, which is when your body has completed ovulation and is preparing itself for pregnancy.
Ovulation typically occurs between cycle days 11 and 21 and is when a follicle inside of an ovary releases an egg, which then waits to be fertilized.
The follicular phase coincides with the menstruation phase and typically occurs between cycle days 1 and 11 of your monthly cycle.
The first day of your cycle is actually when your true flow of red bleeding (menstruation) begins; if you see brown or pink spotting, then your cycle has not yet begun.
The luteal phase, or better known to women trying to conceive as the two week wait (TWW), is the period of time after ovulation before menstruation unless a woman becomes pregnant. The most frequently asked question during this time is “Are those pregnancy symptoms I’m having, or is that my period getting ready to start?”
Monthly cycle tracking is the most effective ways to increase the likelihood of conception and there are several ways to do it. We recommend using all three methods mentioned below in order to be the most effective.
There are four phases that characterize a woman’s cycle: menstruation, the follicular phase, ovulation and the luteal phase.