Your symptoms of ovulation are unique and every woman knows intuively when she is ovulating. If you don't, learning your specific ovulation signs and symptoms will help you get pregnant faster. If you know what to look for, the symptoms of ovulation are very easy to identify.
At ovulation, a mature egg is release from its follicle within the ovary. This process can trigger a number of physical changes that your body expresses as symptoms of ovulation.
According to anatomy books ovulation should occur regularly around day 14 of a 28 day menstrual cycle and the egg should stay viable for 12-48 hours. Many women are recommended to calculate ovulation by counting 14 days from the day of your last menstrual period.
For example, if your period is 30 days long, subtract 14 days and you should ovulate around day 16. This calculation is of course an approximation and not entirely useful in many cases. Women who suffer from luteal phase defect will ovulate a lot later than this time and still have a regular cycle.
Women with anovulatory cycles will exhibit a regular menstrual period but no egg will be released that month. This shows how just calculating 14 days back from your last menstrual period (LMP) does not give you any important information about your fertility signs.
This is way a better method to determine when the egg is released is to notice physical symptoms of ovulation, which are unique to every woman. These signs of ovulation include changes in your basal body temperature, cervical mucus, cervix position, spotting, abdominal discomforts, etc.
Learn more about charting your cycle.
You know that if you have intercourse as close as possible the time of ovulation your chances of pregnancy are higher. This is why learning your body's unique ovulations signs is key to getting pregnant faster.
Taking your basal body temperature every day is very important because you know when you ovulate when your BBT rises. A sharp temperature rise in your chart will indicate that your ovary has released the egg. The release of the egg from the ovary triggers the production of the hormone progesterone which is responsible for this temperature increase.
After ovulation, your BBT will rise of approximately about 0.2 degrees Celsius or 0.4-0.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The next two days after ovulation, your BBT will continue to increase and it will stay high during the entire second half of your cycle (luteal phase).
You are most fertile two to three days before the temperature rise because in some cases it takes up to 48 hours for progesterone to increase.
If you wait for the temperature to rise to have intercourse you might very well miss your ovulation day. Taking the temperature tells you when you are more likely to ovulate and when you are not fertile anymore. If you want to know when you are about to ovulate, you can use an ovulation monitor like Ovacue.
When monitoring your BBT make sure to take it every morning, before getting out of bed or going to the bathroom, and at the same time each day. Also, make sure to use a special BBT Thermometer.
If you have a fever, had something to drink the night before, experienced emotional stress, flew on a airplane, did not sleep well at night (you need three hours of uninterrupted sleep to take an accurate reading), your temperature value will not be reliable. Do not chart this value.
As you get closer to ovulation your cervical mucus increases in quantity and changes in consistency and quality. This is due to increasing levels of the hormone estrogen, which picks at ovulation. Your most fertile mucus is transparent and looks like raw egg white. It is also stretchy and you can literally put it between you thumb and index finger and stretch it for one inch or two.
This egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) is a very clear sign that you are about to ovulate.
The presence of lots of fertile mucus is very important in conception because this mucus is responsible for keeping the sperm healthy and alive for up to 3-5 days.
It also allows sperm motility and facilitates the sperm journey from the vagina to the fallopian tubes when fertilization will occur.
When you are not fertile your cervical mucus will be either dry, sticky or white creamy.
Tracking the characteristics of your cervical mucus is a great way to know when you are fertile and when you are not. If you do not produce enough fertile mucus, there are many things you can do to change this. One is to use a Pre-Seed, which is a sperm friendly lubricant. Read my article on how to increase fertile mucus naturally.
Feeling a sharp sudden pain on the side of your abdomen is one of the many physical symptoms of ovulation.
Many women who are about to ovulate experience abdominal discomfort that is due to the release of the egg from the ovary and by its movement down the fallopian tube.
Among all the symptoms of ovulation, this one is the most common. Many women have anything from a mild aching pain that lasts for a minute or two up to severe discomfort for a couple of hours.
Others might have severe abdominal pain or ovarian pain Mittelschmerz, which means middle pain in German. Women with endometriosis may have severe pain.
You might feel the pain more on one side depending on which ovary has released the egg that month.
Learning the positioning of your cervix is very important in knowing when you are ovulating. When you are not fertile and before ovulation your cervix feel high, closed and hard (like the tip of your nose.
When you are about to ovulate your cervix position will be lower and the cervix will be opened and soft (like the lobe of your ear). You can practice feeling the position of your cervix by inserting your clean middle or index finger inside your vagina until you can tough your cervix. It takes some practice to get used to this.
If you notice a slight pink colour in your vaginal discharge, do not be concerned because it is an indication of ovulation. Not all women have ovulation spotting, but many do.
Heavy bleeding during ovulation is not likely ovulation spotting. Women with endometriosis or PCOS may experience severe symptoms. Always consult your medical doctor if you have unexplained bleeding.
Other Symptoms of Ovulation
Other symptoms of ovulation, which are less common, include: increased sexual desire, bloating, nausea, headaches, pain during intercourse, and frequent urination. Also women report more ovarian disconfort if on fertility drugs like Clomid.
Your ovulation symptoms are very important when planning for a pregnancy.
If you can detect accurately when you are about to ovulate you can get pregnant faster.
Planning for a healthy pregnancy involves following a specific diet that must include foods that increase fertility and avoid those that inhibit ovulation and cause hormonal disruption.
There are also many aspects of your life style that can make a huge difference.
This is much more than simply avoiding alcohol, coffee and over the counter medications. It is taking charge of your fertility in every way to ensure a very healthy pregnancy.
For this reason, I would recommend reading this eBook that will reveal very important, yet simple to apply fertility enhancing tips.
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