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When your ovulating how long do you ovulate for?
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replied April 15th, 2011
Hello,

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Ovulation is the time when ova is released by the ovary and chances of pregnancy are high.In a normal 28 days cycle ovulation usually occurs on the 14 day and 10 to 16 days of the cycle are fertile days.As sperms can survive for about 5 days in female genital tract and ova can survive for 24 hours so this phase is usually unsafe period and chances of getting pregnant are present.
Ovulation can vary by a day or so every month.

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replied April 15th, 2011
Thank you so much for the answers. That was something I really wanted to know.
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replied April 21st, 2011
Therefore if i was trying for a baby, should i start on the 14th day? Or on the 10th till 16th date of the month?
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replied April 22nd, 2011
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Roberta, that depends on your cycle length. Day 14 is the most likely ovulation day only if you have perfect 28 day cycles.

You should have sex everyday from 20 days before your next period to about 12 days before your next period. If your partner have fertility issues, every 2nd day will be fine.

The best is actually to track your cycle and learn the fertility signs of your body or use a fertility monitor. The easiest rule for you to follow is the 2 wet days rule. After your period, your cervical mucus dries up. As soon as you observe 2 consecutive days of mucus after the dry time, it is time to get busy until you have two consecutive dry days again.

Using just a calendar if your cycles are irregular is not an option. Then you HAvE to use these techniques to try and catch the egg.

Best of luck TTC!
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replied April 24th, 2011
how can i tell the difference between my cervical mucus and my husbands semen when it comes to tracking the mucus?

i seem to "leak" the semen after intercourse and it looks just like my cervical mucus to me.
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replied April 25th, 2011
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Shelovesunc, I am sorry if this is tmi, but since you asked, i am pretty sure you are not grossed out by this info.

First your last remark. Semen does leak back out. It is called back-flow. Your husbands semen is jelly like when he ejaculates. The heat at the top of your vagina liquefies tis jelly like semen, allowing the sperm to escape and swim up your cervix into the uterus. This liquid cation takes place in waves over about 15 minutes. It is for this reason that it may be called for to raise your hips on a pillow for 15 minutes after sex to keep his semen pooled up close to your cervix.

This liquified semen, together with the left over sperm and your arousal fluids just flow right out again. For some women this can take up to 24 hours to finish. For some women this is quicker. You can help the process along by doing kegels over the toilet after about an hour, or the next morning.

Now your first question, how do you know what is in that mixture? It is more difficult as both egg-white cervical mucus (ewcm) and semen serves the same purpose - to nourish and protect his swimmers and to provide a fluid through which it can swim safely.

Depending on how your ewcm looks, his semen is normally white, not clear like your ewcm.

When you drop some in a glass of water, the semen will dissolve and/or go to the surface, your arousal fluid will totally dissolve and your CM will form a ball and drop to the bottom.

On your fingers, semen will dry out quickly. His semen will also just break up totally after a few stretches between your fingers. Your ewcm will keep on stretching, not dry out and stay hanging from your finger if you stretch the fingers to far and it breaks.

If you have not done so yet, ask him to ejaculate somewhere else and play with it between your fingers. That way you will know what it looks like and how it reacts to stretching and drying out.

I found the following book very very helpful: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Dr Toni Weschler. Any edition is good and there are plenty of very cheap used copies available. Even though I did not follow his charting method, the book was packed with other tips.

Hope this helps!
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