Anonymous asked in Pregnancy & ParentingTrying to Conceive · 8 months ago

When exactly do women start ovulating?

I have a question, do we ovulate before our monthly periods or after? 

5 Answers

  • LizB
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Shedding of the endometrial lining is usually the beginning of follicular development for that cycle, but normal follicular maturation helps produce the estrogen needed to grow an adequate lining. If that cycle is anovulatory for whatever reason then a period can still occur, but chances are it will appear lighter and shorter due to less endometrial thickening.

    Dunno if that answers your question. In a "normal" cycle ovulation is what kicks off the luteal phase, which is fairly consistent month to month and will result in a period if pregnancy doesn't occur. But ovulation can be delayed or even skipped altogether depending on other hormonal influences. For some with hormone disorders like PCOS it may mean irregular periods, for others it may mean anovulatory cycles, which can also lead to infertility even if periods seem regular. It's normal for women to have anovulatory cycles at least occasionally, though.

  • 8 months ago

    In general, the first period of a girl is anovulatory.  The same often goes for after a miscarriage or delivery.  But that's the very start, onset of menses.  If you mean each month, the ovulation comes first.  Unless a woman is anovulatory.  Then you can say the LH surge and other hormone changes come first, the period second.

  • 8 months ago

    Before. If the ovum doesn't get fertilized and implanted, THEN you have a period (your body cleaning house, expelling the unused "nest").

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    About 2 weeks before the first day of your period.

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  • Jill
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Ovulation takes place 12-16 days before your period. No ovulation? No period. 

    But it's also possible to have an anovulatory cycle, or a cycle where you don't ovulate, but you still bleed. When this happens, you may experience breakthrough bleeding, which seems like a normal period, but technically is a bit different.

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