Can both ovaries release an egg at the same time?
Their role is to support an egg towards maturity each month and then release it. In most women the ovaries take alternate turns in releasing an egg, though in cases of non-identical twins, both ovaries can release an egg at the same time. After the egg has been released, it is gently guided towards the uterus.
The ovaries release an egg (oocyte) at the midway point of each menstrual cycle. Usually, only a single oocyte from one ovary is released during each menstrual cycle, with each ovary taking an alternate turn in releasing an egg.
- Most women have two ovaries, one on the right and one on the left. Each month, only one ovary develops a Queen Egg. (Typically, that is. The presence of multiple Queen Eggs could mean the release of both during ovulation—resulting in the possibility of a fraternal twin pregnancy if both are fertilized!)
- The ripest egg is released and swept into one of your fallopian tubes. Your fallopian tubes connect your ovaries to your womb (uterus). Your ovaries do not necessarily take it in turns to release an egg. It happens quite randomly.
- You're most fertile at the time of ovulation (when an egg is released from your ovaries), which usually occurs 12 to 14 days before your next period starts. This is the time of the month when you're most likely to get pregnant. It's unlikely that you'll get pregnant just after your period, although it can happen.
Updated: 2nd October 2019