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What Do You Know About Your Eggs and Ovulation?

Every month, once we hit puberty, women produce eggs for the sole purpose of getting pregnant. Those eggs are just waiting for a strong sperm to swim by and fertilize it.

I'm wondering how much you know about your eggs and what happens when you ovulate, so take this quiz and find out.

What Do You Know About Your Eggs and Ovulation?

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apsara1 apsara1 10 years
I thought egg's lived longer than 24 hours - but no more than 48 I know the older you are, the less fertile fluid your body produces and the less likely the egg survives even 24. A great book is "Taking charge of your fertility" It helped me conceive my 2nd when I was worried I had secondary infertility.
sofi sofi 10 years
caterpillargirl- yeah I get that too and now know it is ovulation, but when i was younger I would freak out and think something was wrong. The thing is, i have heard that some women have more pain because of small cysts that burst. sorry- I've forgotten about the details, but I don't know if too much pain is normal. My friend had to have surgery in her late teens because of cyst problems.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
Just a little fact. the middle of the cycle, where you can actually feel the pain of ovulation, the egg releasing (I can) is called Mittelschmerz or "middle pain" I always says "theres the Schmerz" when i feel it. and people look at me strange.
starlotus713 starlotus713 10 years
I thought that (for the Nuvaring at least - that's what I use) also thickened cervical mucus so that in the event you did ovulate it wouldn't make it down to the uterus? But maybe that was for the IUD which I also considered getting... ?
DearSugar DearSugar 10 years
Hello ladies. About question #2... While it's true that you are "supposed" to release only 1 egg per cycle, that doesn't always happen, so that's why the answer is False. For question 3, I mentioned a healthy woman WITH a normal mentrual cycle, I didn't just say "a healthy woman." Of course you can be healthy and not ovulate. For question 5, the Pill, the Nuvaring, and the Patch use hormones to stop your body from ovulating. That's what they are "supposed" to do, but of course, if they are not used correctly, there is that margin of error.
emma- emma- 10 years
That's very interesting, Sofi...a chance of having multiples after being off the pill, something that makes me even more curious about my question. As for Jess's comment, I see what you mean, yet why do many women choose to freeze their eggs if opting for having babies later in life? Just wondering.
JessBear JessBear 10 years
Emma- the egg just doesn't get released if you're on hormonal birth control. However, this wouldn't have any effect on your biological clock, because you have literally millions of eggs, way more than you need for a lifetime (my mom only has one ovary and she still has more than enough to last until she's 60). Menopause and the end of your fertility have nothing to do with how many eggs you have, and more to do with hormones and all of that.
sofi sofi 10 years
lol- ley!
ley ley 10 years
i only got 1 right... clearly them eggs are hard to crack. hah! im so lame..
sofi sofi 10 years
emma- interesting question. I've never taken the pill, but a close friend who has and stopped (in order to get pregnant) was told by her ob/gyn that there is a good chance in having multiples when you first go off the pill. I never thought of it before- could it be because there is a 'build up" (sorry that doesn't sound right) of eggs or because your cycle will be off? Curious...
Bksuga Bksuga 10 years
4/5 the last question had me
emma- emma- 10 years
At the risk of sounding ignorant...If the Pill, the Nuvaring, and the Patch prevent you from ovulating, does it mean that these forms of birth control can help save your eggs in your ovaries, thus slowing down your biological clock? Or is the egg that was to be released just disintegrates?
Greggie Greggie 10 years
The Pill question should also have said "normally." Because as it's worded, DearSugar has the answer wrong.
fashionhore fashionhore 10 years
Question 2 was misleading, because you are only supposed to release one egg a month. I got 3 out of 5 right--that isn't bad considering I never paid attention in health class!
blingbling blingbling 10 years
yeah #2 was a trick - it should have said "normally." I couldn't decide which way they wanted the answer, so I guessed wrong!
Emiily Emiily 10 years
3/5 that's not bad :) I've been tracking my fertility cycle and when I'll get my period and how many days my cycle is and what not. I like knowing those little details.
sofi sofi 10 years
yeah, question 2 was tricky. NORMALLY, you would expect 1 egg, but as you stated- fraternal twins result from multiple eggs. Informative, but definitely confusing/tricky.
Hootie Hootie 10 years
Yipe, I didn't do good on that quiz! Trick questions! :)
Greggie Greggie 10 years
The Pill one is wrong - the Pill, etc generally supress ovulation, but it is not a guarantee. That's why it's not 100% effective. I call foul because I voted "false" and you claim I got it wrong. I also call foul with the wording of "if you are a HEALTHY woman" on question 3. Perfectly healthy women have anovulatory cycles.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 10 years
At least I didn't think my eggs were developed in my clitoris!
Amanda-La Amanda-La 10 years
Looks like I know nothing about the innerworkings of me. Looks like I having some reading to do. ;)
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 10 years
one i should have know, but didnt think enough it seems about it
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