There are many different signs of ovulation. Being educated on what your body is doing and trying to tell you can help you in navigating ovulation patterns.
What Your Body is Telling You: Signs of Ovulation
Trying to get pregnant can be an exciting time. But it can also be stressful. Knowing when the right time of the month that you are able to get pregnant doesn’t have to be difficult! You just need to know what to watch for and know your body’s signs. The signs of ovulation are different for every woman, so being aware of what yours are and tracking them is the best way to know when you are most fertile.
For most women ovulation occurs fourteen days before their next cycle begins. If you have a 35-day cycle then you will most likely ovulate on day 21. If you have a 21-day cycle then you will most likely ovulate on day 7. You are the most fertile the five days leading up to ovulation and 12-24 hours after the egg is released.
Here are eight signs of ovulation for you to be aware of and four ways to predict when ovulation happens for you.
Signs of Ovulation
Cervical Mucus Change
During ovulation, the body produces more estrogen. This causes the cervical mucus to change. It will become stretchy and clear, similar to egg whites. The amount varies from woman to woman.
Breast Soreness and Tenderness
Breast soreness or sensitivity and tenderness can be another sign of ovulation. This is caused by the number of hormones that are released just before, during and just after ovulation.
Mild Pelvic or Lower Abdomen Pain
Some women can actually feel ovulation. They will experience mild pelvic or lower abdomen pain on one side or the other—usually not on the same side. This pain can last from a few minutes to several hours.
Heightened Sense of Smell
Some women have a heightened sense of smell in the latter half of the menstrual cycle. This may be in preparation to be more attracted to the male pheromone androstenone.
For some women, their sex drive increases during ovulation. There are many other things that can cause libido changes as well. Be aware of what those are for you as well.
Light Spotting or Discharge
Brown discharge or spotting is often common during ovulation.
Changes in Cervical Position
The normal position of the cervix is low and small in the vagina. During ovulation, the cervix moves higher up into the cervix and becomes softer and more open. The change is subtle, but you can recognize it if you check often.
Swollen Inguinal Lymph Node
Swollen Inguinal Lymph Nodes occurs in about 70% of women. The Inguinal Lymph nodes are small glands found on either side of the pelvis. The node may swell on the side that the egg is released. Find how to check for the swollen gland here. https://www.avawomen.com/avaworld/lymph-node-ovulation-sign/
Ways To Predict Ovulation
Basal Body Temperature Monitoring
BBT is your basal body temperature, which is the temperature of your body at rest. It is usually between 97.2 and 97.6. When you ovulate there is a slight dip followed by a sharp increase in your BBT. Typically it is between .4 to 1 degree. Track your BBT for several months before you get out of bed in the morning. Use a digital thermometer specifically for BBT. Your body temp can fluctuate by .5 so watch out for normal fluctuation in temperature changes. Look for a steady increase in your body temp to confirm ovulation. After several months, you should be able to recognize a pattern for ovulation.
Record the days your period begins and ends for several months. If you are regular— between 25 and 35 days— you most likely will be ovulating regularly. Ovulation will be occurring around 14 days before menstruation.
An ovulation kit measures your level of luteinizing hormone (LH). This hormone can be detected in your urine. Ovulation usually happens around 10 – 12 hours after this hormone peaks. You most likely will want to check your levels in the morning when your urine is most concentrated.
A fertility monitor can determine your five most fertile days. A monitor will determine your two most fertile days plus a couple days leading up to them. It measures LH and estrogen levels. Some monitors can store information for six menstrual cycles to give you the pattern of your fertile days.
I have found that tracking things in applications on my phone really helps me out the most. What have you done to help you track symptoms and changes with your body?
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