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when do i know im ovulating

Ovulation usually occurs about 14 days before a woman’s period begins — that’s why it’s so difficult to predict. It may occur on day 14 of a regular 28-day menstrual cycle (day one is the first day of bleeding), but most women do not have 28-day cycles. In fact, most young women have irregular cycles (each cycle may be of a different number of days), and women who have regular menstrual cycles may not always ovulate on the same day each month.

There are some women who believe they can tell when they’re ovulating, based on a change in discharge or a slight pain in the back, which is called mittelschmerz. However, it’s not advised to try to predict ovulation based only on these symptoms, because they can be caused by factors other than ovulation.

Some women chart their fertility patterns to predict when they will ovulate, in order to plan or prevent pregnancy. Pregnancy is most likely to occur from having unprotected vaginal intercourse during the six days leading up to and including the day of ovulation. However, it takes a minimum of six-12 months of training and record keeping with professional guidance before a couple can try to use the most common of these methods.

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