At the beginning of each menstrual cycle, the pituitary gland secretes Follicle Stimulating Hormone(FSH) that prepares the ovaries for ovulation. Follicle Stimulating Hormone(FSH) helps to promote the growth of eggs, and to prepare eggs for fertilization. Follicle Stimulating Hormone(FSH) levels are important when trying to conceive, because Follicle Stimulating Hormone(FSH) levels can affect your ability to conceive.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone(FSH) levels are related directly to the woman’s ovarian reserve(the number of eggs that a woman has on reserve that may become fertilized and lead to conception). Elevated Follicle Stimulating Hormone(FSH) levels mean that a woman may have a low number of eggs, or a low number of viable eggs that may become fertilized. Therefore, elevated Follicle Stimulating Hormone(FSH) levels mean a woman may have difficulty when trying to conceive.
As one or more follicles in an ovary prepare for you to ovulate, the follicles secret another hormone, estrogen, that prepares the uterus for pregnancy by causing the inner layer of the uterus to thicken. This burst of estrogen right before ovulation creates salt or saline in the saliva. These dried salt crystals in your saliva can be seen on a special microscope and is often used to detect ovulation by trying to conceive couples. This is often referred to as a saliva test to detect ovulation or just a saliva test.
This estrogen burst prior to ovulation also has an effect on the ligaments that hold the uterus in place. This information helps women trying to to conceive pin point their ovulation. The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The cervix forms a canal that opens into the vagina, which leads to the outside of the body. The cervical position changes through out a women’s cycle and can be tracked when trying to conceive. Your cervical position changes to become soft, open and high right before ovulation.
The cervix than emits fertile-quality cervical fluid, or cervical mucus, when the egg is about to be released. This fertile-quality cervical mucus is often referred to as fertile cervical mucus or EWCM(egg white cervical mucus). This cervical fluid changes the environment in the vagina to make it more favorable for sperm and provides a medium in which the sperm move upward into the uterus(pre-seed helps this as well). The cervical fluid starts as a sticky substance(sticky cervical mucus or sticky cervical fluid) but during your most fertile time it takes on the consistency of raw egg whites(fertile cervical mucus, fertile cervical fluid or egg white cervical mucus).
At ovulation, the high levels of estrogen will trigger an abrupt surge of Luteinizing Hormone(LH or your LH Surge) causing the ovarian follicle to release an egg, which is picked up by one of the fallopian tubes and transported toward the uterus. This LH surge can also be detected through the LH Surge Urine Ovulation Test. Us Moms proudly carry the most sensitive LH surge tests on the market at the most inexpensive price.
In order for pregnancy to occur, the egg must be fertilized in the fallopian tube, by sperm, within 24 hours after ovulation. After 24 hours the egg disintegrates and cannot be fertilized. This is why it is so important to know when you ovulate. Us Moms know the importance of this and that is why our lh surge tests are over 99% accurate.
After you ovulate, the follicle that released the egg secrets another hormone called progesterone. This hormone suppresses further ovulation. The progesterone continues to build the vaginal lining and maintains it after you ovulate. The fertilized egg takes any where from 6 to 10 days after you ovulate(days past ovulation) to reach the uterus and implant.
High levels of progesterone after you ovulate also causes the basal body temperature(BBT) to rise and the cervical fluid, or cervical mucus, to thicken so much that it appears to dry up. This is often referred to as dry cervical mucus or dry cervical fluid. If your basal body temperature stays elevated for more than 18 days you are most likely pregnant and should take a pregnancy test.
When conception does not occur
When conception does not occur, ovarian progesterone secretion continues for about 14-16 days. This will cause your basal body temperature(BBT) to stay elevated. When it stops the inner lining of your uterus can no longer be maintained, so it is discharged in a process called menstruation(period) and the cycle begins again. Your basal body temperature(BBT) will drop again right before your next cycle begins. The time that your BBT will drop before your next cycle singling that you are not pregnant varies from cycle to cycle and from women to women. This can vary from 12 hours before your next cycle begins to three days before your cycle begins.
When conception does occur
When conception does occur fertilization will take place in the fallopian tube within a few hours of ovulation. The male is the factor in the gender of your baby. The male has both female(X) and male(Y) sperm; you only have a female egg(X). If a male sperm(Y) fertilizes your egg your baby will be a male(XY). If a female sperm fertilizes your egg your baby will be a female(XY). After a week or so the fertilized egg reaches the uterine lining where it releases the pregnancy hormone: human chorionic gonadotrophin(hCG). This hormone signals the corpus luteum to remain alive beyond the 14-16 days, continuing to release progesterone to sustain the nourishing lining. The corpus luteum is what is left of the follicle after a woman ovulates. The corpus luteum produces progesterone until the placenta begins to take over progesterone production around ten weeks gestation.
The first sign of pregnancy is usually that your basal body temperature(BBT)remains high because of your elevated levels of progesterone, which is usually referred to as the “warm” hormone. Than, when your hCG levels rise, you will begin to feel early pregnancy symptoms.