Physical Symptoms of Ovulation

on Nov 03, 2012

by Lindsey Zaldivar

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Physical Symptoms of Ovulation

Besides using OPKs or charting your basal body temperature, there are physical symptoms of ovulation, though subtle, that will help you know when you are ovulating.

There are a lot of different ways to tell if you are ovulating. There are over the counter ovulation prediction kits that can tell you when you are ovulating without a lot of work from you. You can chart your cycles on a calendar, or you can check your cervical mucus each day. You can even chart your temperature changes daily with a basal thermometer. But, did you know that there are actually some physical symptoms of ovulation that you might be able to notice? Let’s talk a little more about that and see what the physical symptoms of ovulation actually are. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Cervical Mucus

We’ve already talked a little bit about cervical mucus, but it is one of the telltale signs of ovulation, and one of the most popular for women to look for on their own. Cervical mucus begins to increase after the end of your period, and when you are ovulating, it changes from thick and white to clearish, thin, and slippery. The most common way that cervical mucus is described when you are ovulating is like egg whites. It will turn into a thicker, sticky, and almost rubbery like texture that closely resembles egg whites. This cervical mucus is what helps the sperm stay in place on its journey to the egg. Increased cervical mucus is one of the most common physical symptoms of ovulation, and many women keep track of their cervical mucus to determine when they are ovulating or getting ready to ovulate.

Cervix changes

There are also changes that take place in the cervix itself during ovulation. If you insert one finger into the cervix when a woman is not ovulating, it will feel tight and slightly firm. But, during ovulation, the cervix softens considerably, and sometimes even moves a bit higher in the woman’s body. These changes are subtle, but if you pay attention to your body, you will be able to feel when these changes take place in the cervix.

Body changes

Also, some women experience some physical discomfort when they are ovulating! About twenty percent of women experience some abdominal pain or cramping when they ovulate, and a few even experience breast pain or tenderness. Most women do also notice an increase in libido and sex drive when they ovulate too. Keep these physical symptoms in mind for the next time you ovulate. Most of these symptoms are very subtle and probably won’t be noticed unless you pay really close attention to them.

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Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.

  • GenevieveWantsABaby

    This is very helpful – thanks! I just got my TTC kit in the mail. I didn’t even realize there was a free thermometer in the package until it came — what a pleasant surprise!

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  • Christy0412

    My ovulation calendar says I am ovulating today. I had sex and he came in me whats the likely hood of me being pregnant?

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    There is a good chance that you will get pregnant. If you miss your period, take a pregnancy test and see if it turns out positive. If you have not conceived yet, you may want to try having intercourse 2-3 days before you ovulate to boost your chances of fertilization. See, sperm can live inside your body for up to 5 days but the ovum (egg) can survive for about 24 hrs. By having sex before you ovulate gives the sperm a “head start” of reaching the ovum on time.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Best of Luck! Aside from taking Fertibella ConcieveEasy, I do suggest that you regularly track your ovulation cycles, increase your sexual activity during your fertile window and avoid stress in order for you to boost your chances of getting pregnant soon. In addition, it is also important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep yourself fit.

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  • rajaninair


    I have some confusion please help me out. I had a regular period since from many years (28 days) ,So according to this I ovulate after 14 days from the first day of my last period. And me and my husband had a intercourse on my ovulation days last month. I was expecting that I will be pregnant , when I missed my period. But suddenly I got period after four days of my expected period. So my concern is how should I calculate my ovulation days? I use to do for 28 days ,but now its more than 31days.Please help me out.

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  • swathi

    Hi Madam this is swathi, i have done one month before pcod laproscopy done when i will get pregnancy

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