How Do You Know When You’re Not Ovulating?

How Do You Know When You're Not Ovulating?

Women who are looking to conceive know how important ovulation can be. It is the sign that your reproductive processes are working properly, and it gives you the “go ahead” of when to try to make a baby. So, how do you know if you are not ovulating like you should? Read on to find out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Chart your temperature

Chart your temperature with a basal body thermometer each day before getting out of bed. Make sure to write your results down for a month. If you see a time frame where your temperature spikes slightly, that is most likely when you are ovulating. However, if your temperature doesn’t change, that could be a sign that things are not working like they should.

Try an OPK

Over the counter ovulation predictor kits, or OPK’s, are a great way to tell women when they are ovulating. Use the OPK every day for a month. If you don’t ever receive a positive result, or only see one line on the test throughout the entire month, that is usually a sign that you are not ovulating. Pretty much, if the OPK test seems like it’s NOT working, it could very well be your body that is not working properly. Using an OPK alongside fertility apps like Ovacue also helps.

Watch for signs

When you ovulate, you normally experience mild PMS like symptoms, such as bloating, cramps, breast tenderness, headache, etc. If you do notice these symptoms at a random time during the month, you are probably ovulating. However, if you don’t, it could be a sign that you are not ovulating. Watch for PMS like symptoms around two weeks from the date of your period, that should be when ovulation occurs.

You’re not getting pregnant

If you are consistently trying to get pregnant for an extended amount of time, and not having any luck, it could be a good sign that your ovulation cycles are not occurring like they should. Not getting pregnant when you think you should be pregnant (after a while of trying, of course), is a great clue that you are not ovulating properly. If you have noticed all of the symptoms above and you are pretty sure that you are not ovulating, it is a good idea to see a doctor.

See a Doctor

When you have experienced all of the things in this list, it is a good time to see a doctor. Your doctor will be your final diagnosis, and the person who can tell you for sure whether or not you are truly ovulating. The things listed in this post are simply clues, but your doctor can tell you the answer you need without a doubt.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).