Watching for Ovulation Symptoms

Watching for Ovulation Symptoms

When do you ovulate?

It is actually very important to know when you are ovulating. Being aware of your ovulation dates will help you prepare likewise and is one of the easiest and best tips to enhance fertility naturally. For example, if you are trying to get pregnant, you will know when to have intercourse in order to increase your chances and if you are trying to avoid getting pregnant, you can know when you should avoid having intercourse so that the chances of getting pregnant are low.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

You can always have ovulation kits to check ovulation or have a calendar to track the dates and find out when you are ovulating. You can also keep a track of the symptoms that you experience when you go through ovulation.

Yes, you may not notice it but there definite symptoms that can clearly tell you that you are ovulating. You only need to keep your eyes open for them and to do so you should know what you are looking for. It is easy to miss ovulation symptoms because they are subtle but once you know what you are looking for, you will easily be able to spot them.

Cervical mucus changes

The most common and easily detectable symptom is the changes that your cervical mucus goes through. When you are ovulating, the quantity of the mucus and its consistency will change significantly. Right before you start ovulating, you will see that the amount of cervical mucus has increased slightly and it is almost transparent.

You can compare its consistency and appearance to that of raw egg white. This change in the quantity, appearance, and consistency is to facilitate the movement of the sperm into the fallopian tubes through the cervix so that it can fuse with the egg and fertilize it. Some women may not experience a lot of this mucus but most women definitely will and it is a sure shot sign that you have started ovulating.

Cervix position changes

Also the position of your cervix will change. It will move up and it will get softer. This is a sure shot sign that you are ovulating. Grasping the change in position may take some practice. Make sure your hands are always clean when you check.

Increase in the BBT

The next symptom is the increase in your body temperature. Throughout your menstrual cycle your BBT or your basal body temperature will be subjected to slight changes. This may not help you find out exactly when ovulation begins but if you track the body temperature changes over a period of time you will easily be able to estimate the dates of your ovulation.

Tenderness of the breast

Slight pain in the breasts and swelling may also be a sign of ovulation. Breasts tend to swell and start paining when ovulation is about to start. Your sex drive will also increase significantly.

Abdominal pain

Many women experience lower abdominal pain during ovulation. The ache can either be mild or severe but it won’t last for more than a few hours. A few lucky women experience it only for a few minutes. This type of pain is also called Mittelschmerz, which is Greek for Middle Pain. The right side of the lower abdomen is usually affected.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)