Understanding Ovulation and Trying to Conceive

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For Medical Monday, let's revisit some basics: If you know when you ovulate, you are the minority. Most of us women don't have a clue until we are trying to conceive and it doesn't work. A lot of us don't even know that we need to ovulate or what ovulation is.


So, for the record, here's the definition of ovulation, according to WebMD:


Ovulation is the release of a mature egg from an ovary during the menstrual cycle.

Ovulation dates vary widely from woman to woman and from month to month. Many women need to use one or more methods to pinpoint their ovulation day. This can be done by checking for several days of stringy cervical mucus, charting basal body temperature changes, and checking luteinizing hormone changes with urine test kits.

Ovulation and Conception

We are often pleasantly surprised to find that adjusting our understanding of when we ovulate so that we have correctly timed sexual relations can allow us to conceive with no further interventions. 


If conception does not happen and you are not pregnant after one year of properly timed sexual intercourse (six months if you are over the age of 35), then it's time to investigate further. 


Still, do not assume that becoming pregnant will be a long, drawn out situation or that it will be inordinately expensive. Many of us become pregnant with very little medical intervention.

Financing Fertility Treatment

There are many options for financing fertility treatment--probably more than you think. Many of us have medical insurance that covers infertility and fertility treatment. There is also the Connecticut State Mandate, the New York State Mandate and financial plans, like the IVF Opportunity Plan and the IUI Opportunity Plan.


Plan on taking this one step at a time. 


First, make sure that you ovulating and when you are ovulating. Then, make sure you have having sexual intercourse during that window of opportunity.


Then, if conception is not happening, we'll take the next steps together. 


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Topics: Ovulation, Infertility Basics, Conception

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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