Can I expect ovulation to occur on the same day of my cycle every month? What causes one to ovulate earlier or later than expected?
You can rest assured that no, you cannot expect ovulation to occur on the same day of your cycle every time! After your period, the pituitary gland secrets Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), which as its name suggests, stimulates the follicles in the ovaries. As the follicles grow, they produce estrogen which leads to ovulation (when one of those follicles is ready to burst out of one of the ovaries). The phase of your cycle that occurs before ovulation is called the Follicular Phase. This phase can vary in length, which is why ovulation can happen on different days of your cycle.
So many things influence this phase: fever, drinking, traveling, stress, sleep, trauma, joy, etc. You ovulate whenever your body feels like the time is right- when you’re feeling safe, comfortable and grounded (ideal environment for pregnancy).
A good way to know when ovulation occurs is by tracking your morning temperatures and regularly checking your cervical fluid. This app can help you! Morning temperatures (taken after at least 3 hours of sleep and before getting out of bed) indicate progesterone levels in the body, which indicate ovulation. Cervical fluid changes throughout the cycle from dry to creamy to egg white right before ovulation, and dries up after.
Hope that helps!
Dr. Or Pondak, Doctor of Natural Medicine
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