The male and female bodies are complex in nature. It takes many factors and parts to work together in order for another human being to be created. It truly is miraculous how life is created. It does take a serendipitous series of events to occur in order to conceive. So how do you know when is the right time in order to increase the possibility of success?

In the female body, the best chance of success occurs during the ovulation phase of the menstrual cycle. Each woman is born with millions of immature eggs. In normal cases one egg is released each time ovulation occurs and the egg lives for 12 to 24 hours after leaving the ovary. That means you have a one day window to fertilize the egg before it expires. It may sound a bit daunting that you have only one day in the month to conceive, but the reality is that you could conceive at any point during the month. It is just less likely that the egg will be fertilized, but the possibility is still there. It is interesting to note that the implantation of the fertilized egg would normally take place 6 to 12 days after ovulation. If the egg is not fertilized, it will disintegrate and be absorbed into the uterine lining.

On any given day the human body does so much work on the inside, such as digestion, breathing, fighting bacteria and viruses, and much more. Plus the female body has the menstrual cycle to deal with also. With all of these processes happening in your body, how do you know when you’re ovulating? Well, you can take a test.

There are a few options available to you; some you can do yourself, but for other tests you may have to go to the fertility clinic.

The Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Chart is useful to check when ovulation has occurred in your body so that you can plan conception for the following month’s cycle.

Urine Test Kits can indicate when there is a rise in the luteinizing hormone (LH) level. This usually occurs 13 to 44 hours later so it is best to use this time for intercourse to increase your chances of conception. It also shows you when no ovulation is detected.

A Vaginal Ultrasound indicates when the follicle is ready for fertilization and is useful to plan for intercourse.

An Endometrial Biopsy indicates if ovulation took place. This procedure, where a sample of the uterine lining is swabbed and checked, is conducted in a fertility clinic.

Finally, you can also take a blood test to check the hormone levels which are associated with ovulation.

BioART Fertility Centre offers a unique experience in fertility treatment. We have a long history of state of the ART fertility care delivered with a personal touch. Each and every patient is treated as a unique couple with individual problems and needs. We combine a dignified and compassionate approach with state-of-the-art, advanced reproductive technologies.

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