What is Ovulation?

The journey of finding your fertility should really start with understanding what it takes to be “fertile”.  I believe fertility is truly a state of wellness where your body has found it’s unique natural balance in order to functional optimally and correctly.

 

So in order to understand fertility… you need to know what OVULATION is.

 

What is Ovulation?

 

My definition of OVULATION is this :

 

An event that takes place during your menstrual cycle when an ovary releases a mature egg towards the Fallopian tubes where it travels to the uterus; a process during which the egg can be fertilized by sperm

 

How does this relate to your health?

 

✨An indicator for hormone production (requires hormone balance in order to occur)
✨Can be affected by stress (external (i.e. trauma) or internal (i.e. psychological, sickness))
✨Highly influenced by diet and lifestyle factors (food, supplements, exercise, sleep, stress management)
✨Plays a role in the cyclical nature of our bodies (like melatonin & circadian rhythm)
✨Is required to occur in order to get pregnant (you can’t get pregnant if your not ovulating)

 

How Does Ovulation Happen?

 

Here’s the nitty gritty of what’s going on down there:

 

Every month, after you have your period, your body goes through the process of gathering egg follicles in your ovaries, and preparing a set of them for potential ovulation.

 

Within a set of chosen follicles, there is usually one egg which becomes the “dominant follicle”, or the one with the greatest chance of creating an baby.

 

As our bodies begin to produce increasing amounts of luteinizing hormone, the ovary is signaled to release the egg, sending it towards the Fallopian tubes where it then travels to the uterus. The act of an egg being release from the ovary IS ovulation.

It is during this time that a sperm candidate that has traveled through the cervical mucus and into the uterus has the chance to fertilize the egg, initiating it’s development. If an egg is not fertlized, the lining of the uterus will shed and bring your menstrual bleed

 

What Hormones Are Involved in Ovulation? 

 

The main hormones involved in ovulation include:

 

LH (luteinizing hormone) – a rise in LH signals the ovary to release the dominant mature egg follicle (the best egg) towards the Fallopian tubes to travel to the uterus

 

Progesterone – produced from the corpus luteum (the outer layer of an egg) after it has been released from an ovary; rises after ovulation and generally tapers down if fertilization doesn’t occur, initiating your period

 

Although there are many more hormones that are required in order to make sure these events can take place and function at their optimal level in order to get the job done right.

 

Due to our current lifestyles and environmental factors, we are exposed to influences every day that could potentially effect the timing of ovulation, or the occurrence of it happening at all.

 

Some of these factors include:

 

-Use of hormonal contraceptives (birth control)

-Imbalanced blood sugar  (increased insulin, hormone imbalance, estrogen dominance)

-Overexercising (increased cortisol levels)

-STRESS (psychological, overexercise, injury, inflammation, sickness, low calorie intake)

-Endocrine disrupting chemicals (phthalates, parabéns, BPA, SLS, fragrance, dyes, etc.)

 

Now that you know a little bit more about what ovulation is, what goes in to it’s happening, and factors that can affect it, what other questions do you have about it???

 

Let me know in the comments!

 

And if you want learn how to build you own ovulation-boosting meals to try then you’ll want to download my FREE Ovulation Boosting Meals Guide! 

 

It can be so confusing to put together all the info on the internet on how to eat to support your fertility.

 

This guide will help you learn how to eat for ovulation, including foods to support fertility, and how to put them together to make it all work for your benefit! Download your free guide here. 

 

Advanced Ovulation Academy

 

And if you know that you want additional support on your pregnancy journey, to learn more about ovulation, and to dive even deeper into how what you eat is influencing your ovulation I encourage you to check out Advanced Ovulation Academy! You can learn more here! 

 

Ovulating on time, consistently and, robustly sets the stage for everything to follow including proper implantation, embryonic development, and hormone production through the first trimester (we need to give the corpus luteum the credit it deserves).

 

My clients come to me knowing they need to ovulate consistently but they think that in order to achieve this they need to restrict certain foods or try out medication when that’s simply not the case.

 

I’m going to help you get pregnant by being fully nourished and fertile. 

 

What you’ll learn in Advanced Ovulation Academy –

 

  • You will learn how to get to know your cycle, for real this time! Discover how everything works and how it relates to you getting pregnant, how to know if and when you’re ovulating, and what the major factors are contributing to poor ovulation.
  • You will learn how to eat to support regular ovulation, foods that are important to include in your diet, and how to prioritize the 4 Pillars of Balancing Fertility.
  • You will learn how to manage stress for real without having to quit your job and live in a bubble, and learn how to prioritize yourself for your fertility.

 

This is ABSOLUTELY for you if – 

  • You are fully committed to supporting your body to get pregnant
  • You are ready to make changes to how you eat for the rest of your cycling days
  • You are ready to get serious about how your lifestyle is affecting your ability to conceive
  • You desire to be pregnant but know that your state of health and fertility comes first

 

Want more info about the Advanced Ovulation Academy? Learn more here! 

 

 

 

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