Understanding Ovulation

Many couples tend to make love and are disappointed when their pregnancy test comes negative. While fingers can be pointed to the state of sex education in the country, as adults we should have a proper understanding of the human body works.


Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is available to be fertilized. Approximately every month an egg will mature within one of your ovaries. As it reaches maturity, the egg is released by the ovary where it enters the fallopian tube to make its way towards waiting sperm and the uterus.
The lining of the uterus has thickened to prepare for the fertilized egg. If no conception occurs, the uterine lining, as well as blood, will be shed. The shedding of an unfertilized egg and the uterine wall is the time of menstruation.



  • An egg lives 12-24 hours, after leaving the ovary.
  • Normally only one egg is released each time of ovulation.
  • Ovulation can be affected by stress, illness or disruption of normal routines.
  • Some women may experience some light blood or spotting during ovulation.
  • Implantation of a fertilized egg normally takes place 6-12 days after ovulation.
  • Each woman is born with millions of immature eggs that are awaiting ovulation to begin.
  • A menstrual period can occur even if ovulation has not occurred.
  • Ovulation can occur even if a menstrual period has not occurred.
  • Some women can feel a bit of pain or aching near the ovaries during ovulation called mittelschmerz, which means “middle pain” in German.
  • If an egg is not fertilized, it disintegrates and is absorbed into the uterine lining.

Don’t forget to check out our ovulation calculator to get a proper idea of when you’re ovulating next. And when it’s the time to check for pregnancy, try out the Prega News Advance pregnancy kit.