If you learn how to detect the most important ovulation symptoms, 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 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 maximize your chances of getting pregnant.
Ovulation Symptoms In Words And Videos
Changes In Cervical Mucus Discharge
Changes 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 look is quite a certain indication of ovulation approaching.
This is a perfect sign to keep track of since it is both easy to check and a certain sign.
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 occurred, 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 temperature may very well start rising again 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. Ovulation pain can actually be painful enough to affect lovemaking. Not ideal when trying for a baby!
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, a number of research studies have shown many women to experience a stronger sex drive 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.
Here you ‘ll find a couple of videos walking you through ovulation symptoms and other information related to ovulation. The first one talks you through how to check if you are ovulating.
The second video actually shows a real ovulation. It is tricky to see, so be concentrated!
If you want more information about your fertility, ovulation symptoms and how to get pregnant, check out any of these books.
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
- It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF
What are your most evident ovulation symptoms? Please share below! 🙂