Ovulation is the release of an egg from a woman’s ovary, and occurs each month for most women. If the released egg is fertilized and successfully implants, it results in a pregnancy.

When is Ovulation?

When is ovulation exactly? This can be difficult to predict, but ovulation typically occurs approximately 12-16 days before a woman’s next period begins. Most women have cycles that are in the 26-32 day range and so for most women, ovulation happens around the midpoint of their cycles. However the exact timing of ovulation can vary from one cycle to the next.

Why is It Important to Know When Do I Ovulate?

It is important to understand when ovulation occurs because this is the key factor in getting pregnant and preventing pregnancy. CycleBeads works as an ovulation calendar, helping you identify the days during which ovulation can occur as well as the potentially fertile days around ovulation when pregnancy is possible.

When Can I Get Pregnant Relative to Ovulation?

A woman can get pregnant in the days leading up to ovulation and in the 24 hours after ovulation occurs. Click here to learn more about when do you ovulate and when you can get pregnant.

How Do CycleBeads Work as an Ovulation Calendar?

CycleBeads and the CycleBeads apps work like an ovulation calendar in that they let a woman clearly see which days of her cycle she can get pregnant and which days pregnancy is unlikely. In fact all of these tools include an ovulation calendar view (in the case of the physical CycleBeads a calendar in included which a woman marks while on the apps and online service, a calendar view is automatically updated). The family planning method on which these tools are based, takes into account the timing of ovulation, the days around ovulation when a woman can get pregnant, and the likely variability of the timing of ovulation from one cycle to the next. It identifies a woman’s potentially fertile days as day 8-19 of her cycle. These 12 days are based on when is ovulation likely to occur, and how many days before and after ovulation, a woman can get pregnant.