9 Ovulation Symptoms You Don't Want To Miss To Get Pregnant (Or Not)
Ovulation pain, spotting, sex drive, cervix position... Learn the many ways to figure out your fertile days
If you learn how to detect ovulation, and make love accordingly, your chances of conceiving each month increase a lot.
In addition to expensive ovulation predictor kits, there are several natural ovulation symptoms that your body produces, which can help guide you to the more fertile days in which to conceive a child. The changes in your cervical mucus, basal body temperature and even your sex drive are important clues if you learn what to look for.
In this article we'll go through these different symptoms to help you maximizing your chances of getting pregnant.
9 Useful Ovulation Symptoms In Words And Videos
Changes In Cervical Mucus DischargeChanges in cervical mucus discharge can be the best indication of impending ovulation for a woman. The look and consistency of the mucus can change from dry, sticky or completely absent to loose, stringy and slippery resembling the look of egg whites. The egg whites looks are quite a certain indication of ovulation approaching.
This video discusses in detail how to know your most fertile days by checking your cervical mucus. It will show you picures of both fertile and infertile cervical mucus, so that you'll know the difference.
Basal Body Temperature
Basal body temperature will increase during ovulation times of a woman's monthly cycle. If you take the time each day to take your body temperature you will notice that it will become elevated during ovulation and remain that way for a short time afterward. The hormone progesterone causes your body temperature to increase immediately after ovulation so charting your temperature can be a great indicator of ovulation. However, once the temperature has risen, ovulation has often already occured, so use this method along with other ways to determine ovulation.
You can learn more about charting basal body temperature here. A very cool thing; if you continue to measure your temperature throughout your cycle, this might also be used as a first sign of pregnancy.
As you might know, your temperature rises during ovulation or right after ovulation. Then your temperature starts falling and will be back at normal levels before menstruation. However, if your egg is fertilized and implanted into your uterus, i.e. you get pregnant, your BBT may very well start rising agin before any pregnancy indicator will be able to trace your pregnancy and even before your period is late. This is because implantation occurs around 10 days after ovulation, so just after that, your temperature will start to rise even more.
I found out about all my three pregnancies that way.
Take a look at the image below. You'll see the normal BBT rise in connection with ovulation. However, there is no additional temperature increase around 10 days after ovulation, but rather a slow decrease towards normal non-pregnant temperatures. (There is a small increase, but not above ovulation BBT.)If the chart would have shown a pregnant women, the temperature would have remained high, and possible even increased further after some 10 days.
Ovulation pain (sometimes referred to as "Mittelschmerz") is caused by the release of the mature egg from the ovary. About 20% of women today feel this pain. While this is not a great ovulation symptom for many women, others can tell from a sharp shooting pain when the egg is released from either side, and may continue to experience a dull pain for several days.
Personal Sex Drive
An increase in personal sex drive is a great natural indicator of ovulation for many women. Although this is not a guarantee, many women find themselves feeling the urge to have sex more often around their ovulation time each month.
Position Of Cervix
Some women who are in tune with their bodies can figure out when they are ovulating by the position of their cervix. During the time of ovulation a woman's cervix will position itself higher, be softer and more open to enable fertilization.
Breast tenderness is another indicator of current ovulation. Although it can happen before ovulation, other women experience breast tenderness during the ovulation period or even for a short time afterward. Since breasts being tender can also be an early sign of being pregnant, breast tendernes is not the best ovulation symptom to rely on.
Saliva Ferning Pattern
If you are into using a microscope at home you can check your personal saliva ferning pattern to help determine ovulation for some women. During the 24-48 hours before ovulation a woman's body has an LH surge, which in turn gives a woman's saliva the look of frost on a windowpane.
Spotting can occur during ovulation as well for some women. When the follicle releases the mature egg from the ovary a small amount of blood can be released and women may notice slight spotting during that time.
Ovulation Predictor Kits
For those who are looking for another method to determine ovulation, a kit can be purchased from any drugstore. Home ovulation predictor kits can be used to help determine when your ovulation time is each month. With a special test strip you can hold in your urine stream or submerge in a cup of collected urine, the result can help verify the LH surge in your body during ovulation.
Real Ovulation Caught On Video
Here you 'll find a video showing a real ovulation. It will show you an acutal release of the egg. Cool, but not easy to spot, so look carefully.
If you want to more information about your fertility, ovulation symptoms and how to get pregnant, check out any of these books.
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