There's no hard and fast rule on when the right time to start a family may be. But science offers us some tips when it comes to fertility factors.
When a woman ovulates (or releases an egg) her temperature rises slightly and stays elevated for at least 10 days. Taking your temperature daily can reveal this pattern to show you when your body tends to do this. As a guide, ovulation usually occurs 14 days before the next period is due to arrive.
Each month, women experience ovulation - the phase of the menstrual cycle that involves one of the ovaries releasing an egg (ovum). It generally occurs about two weeks before your period starts. If that ovum meets a sperm on its path along the fallopian tube, your journey to motherhood has begun.
When a woman ovulates, she releases a mature egg from one ovary (or two eggs if she is having twins). The egg is released into the adjacent fallopian tube and can survive in the woman's body for around 12 to 24 hours. Sperm needs to reach the egg before this time lapses. When a woman ovulates, she releases a mature egg from one ovary (or two eggs if she is having twins). The egg is released into the adjacent fallopian tube and can survive in the woman's body for around 12 to 24 hours. Sperm needs to reach the egg before this time lapses.An egg is most likely to be fertilised to conceive a baby if the sperm are already present, waiting in the fallopian tube, so they reach the egg soon after it is released.
The fertile phase is the time you can conceive or become pregnant. As one dominant egg matures in an ovary, it releases the hormone oestrogen, with levels starting to rise in the woman's body during the days leading up to ovulation (releasing the egg).
This is the time from when the bleeding finishes and when the fertile phase begins. During the pre-fertile phase, the lining of the uterus starts to thicken, regenerating after the period has finished. At the same time, a group of eggs in the ovaries start to ripen.
The contraceptive Implanon works in a similar way to progesterone injections, by stopping ovulation, thinning the lining of the uterus and thickening the mucous in the cervix. It lasts for three years, unless removed before this time and is more than 99% effective.
Contraception comes in different forms like birth control pills, Implanon and Mirena. Find out the best birth control method for you.
Contraception or birth control options are varied and women needing to choose a contraception are advised to research all the birth control choices. Find out which contraception will work for you. Choices include Implanon, condoms, contraceptive pill and more. Research contraception at Kidspot.