How to tell when you're ovulating

Signs and symptoms of pregnancy
Many women today have no idea what a normal menstrual cycle is many have been on the Pill for 15 years or more so this is hardly surprising. Few women have a 28 day cycle. For some women their normal cycle is short (around 25 days) or long (around 35 days).

The fertility cycle starts on the first day of your period. Many women mistakenly believe that ovulation occurs 'mid-cycle'.

Only if a woman's cycle is a regular 28 days does she ovulate mid-cycle, around day 14. If her regular cycle is 25 days, then ovulation occurs around day 11 and a cycle of 35 days means ovulation occurs around day 21.
Zita West, author of Zita West's Guide To Getting Pregnant

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