Myths and Misbeliefs about OvulationHelena Gil
A woman’s fertile days begin with ovulation, which is when the egg is ready to be fertilized and she has higher chances of getting pregnant.
Given the importance of this process in the menstrual cycle and in the life of a woman, there are several myths and misbeliefs about it. We’ll talk about some of them today.
No. Both eggs develop simultaneously. The egg is a cell contained inside the follicle, which goes through different stages:
Stage one: Primordial: Eggs lie in the ovary, where, three months before the cycle in which ovulation takes place, many of them start to grow and become primary follicles (stage two).
Only a few of these follicles make it to stage three and become secondary follicles, since many of them are left behind (a completely normal process).
Finally, only one of them will make it to stage four, becoming a tertiary follicle and measuring from 2 to 3 cm. If instead of ovulating from one ovary, you do it from both, that’s when you can have twins.
Both ovaries have always taken part in this whole process, although it’s possible that in the end you ovulate from one ovary for several months (it’s a completely randomized process). When a woman only has one ovary, she always ovulates from that ovary.
If menstrual cycles are regular, ovulation will occur for sure. Women who don’t ovulate are those who don’t get their period, have it every several months, or have very irregular cycles.
The safest way to detect when you’re ovulating is by measuring your basal temperature. You can do so with a basal thermometer and a sheet of paper and a pen or by using Himama, which connects with an app on your phone and will easily help you determine when you’ve ovulating and most fertile.
Once you have the results, the ideal thing to do is have sexual intercourse on those days, but not necessarily every day. Try to keep the romance going!
There are several things to take into account: both you and your partner should be healthy, not stressed out, sleep ok, lead a healthy lifestyle and have good habits. All these factors have a bigger influence than we think.
In a woman’s final menstrual cycles (menopause usually starts between the ages of 48 and 54) everything gets a bit more complicated. The physiological system ages and becomes ineffective. There is a high possibility of miscarriage and it’s difficult to have healthy children.
Many people believe that when taking birth control pills, ovulation stops, but that’s not true. In fact, everything keeps following its course. Because of this, we sometimes think that after taking birth control pills for a long period of time, we need to wait a few months to be able to get pregnant. However, the truth is you can try getting pregnant as soon as you stop taking them.
It’s believed that some aspects related to fertility are genetically determined and, for this reason, some families are more fertile than others. We can’t trust this statement very much, since we live in very industrialized societies where everything is changing due to our diet and our exposure to pollution and toxics.
This is not true. The age at which menopause occurs is not linked to when you had your first period.