Ovulate and have the period: is it the same?


The rule is a period that normally occurs every 28 days in women, although it can vary depending on the woman and whether she has regular or irregular menstruation, a regular rule can range from day 23 to day 35. It is the shedding of the lining of the uterus that occurs under the influence of the hormones that control ovulation -the release of an egg from the ovary-, the development of the endometrium -lining of the uterus- and menstruation -the flow of blood with clots that has a woman during her period.

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Ovulation and period: what you need to know about menstruation

  • For the rule to occur regularly, adequate amounts of hormones are needed in the female body, if a normal functioning of hormones the rule can be altered. Any variation during the menstrual cycle can occur during the part of the cycle before ocular -the follicular phase-, but for most women the period of ovulation -when the egg is released from the ovary- is between days 12 and 16 of the menstrual cycle – the luteal phase.
  • When ovulation does not occur in the female body, progesterone is not produced, but estrogen-induced buildup of the endometrium can continue. Progesterone balances the effects of estrogen and if the levels of these hormones are irregular the period is also irregular because the shedding of the lining occurs when it can no longer be maintained but not when indicated by the hormones. A bleeding without ovulation is what is called anovulatory bleeding.
  • It is necessary to remember that although women can have bleeding without ovulation, it is necessary that they use contraception if they do not want to get pregnant. This is so because the time of ovulation is somewhat unpredictable, so if you want to be protected against pregnancy you should always use contraceptive methods in your sexual relations.


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