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Signs of Ovulation
Ovulation and Conception
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Signs of Ovulation
Everything you need to know!
Ovulation is the period of the
menstrual cycle where an egg is released from the ovary, is pushed through
the fallopian tube where it is available to sperm to be fertilized. A woman's
ovulation is very important to understand pregnancy and your menstrual cycle.
Knowing when you are ovulating is helpful when trying to become pregnant
as well as important to figure out when to test to see if you are pregnant.
There are a few signs of ovulation that you can look out for when trying
to figure out what day of your cycle starts your ovulation.
One of the more popular and easiest ways is to count days. For the average
woman, ovulation occurs 14 days BEFORE the first day of the woman's period.
This time period (14 days) is actually a pretty good indicator of when your
ovulation has begun and does not usually vary that much between women. That
being said, it is hard to indicate when your next ovulation will occur since
the period between your period and next ovulation can vary tremendously
between women and even between cycles. Counting days is a very "retrospective"
Another sign of ovulation can be seen through the consistency of your cervical
mucus. Cervical Mucus Monitoring is one of the most instant ways to indicate
whether or not you are ovulating. You can test your cervical secretions
by gathering a sample of the mucus around the outer lips of your genitalia.
To test, place the discharge between your index finger and thumb and stretch,
to observe its consistency. Cervical Mucus can change in consistency after
menstruation, right before ovulation, during ovulation and after ovulation.
Taking a look at this consistency is a sure way to predict where you are
in your cycle.
At the beginning of your cycle, the days after menstruation, most women
usually do not have any cervical mucus to test and may feel dry around their
vulva. This is the time period where woman are less likely to become pregnant.
As you move on through your cycle discharge will start to appear that should
be white or off-white in color. As you move through this period before ovulation
your discharge will begin to become more "substantial" in consistency, so
that when you place it between your finger and thumb and stretch, it will
not "break" right away.
During ovulation your cervical mucus will be more opaque in color (resembling
egg whites) and can be pulled a couple centimeters as you are testing without
breaking. This is also a period of a woman's cycle when this discharge is
actually very abundant. When the cervical mucus is most substantial and
most abundant a woman is said to be at her peak of the ovulation period
(the highest chance for pregnancy).
After ovulation, your discharge will move back into a state similar to before
ovulation and makes its way back to a dry state similar to right after your
menstruation. Once this happens you should be very close to your next period.
Another sign of ovulation is your rise of your basal body temperature. Although
this is also a "retrospective" indicator it is a very good predictor. Just
after ovulation your temperature should rise about 0.4-0.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
This temperature will stay risen until the end of your cycle. Your temperature
will rise up and down throughout your cycle; however the steep increase
after your ovulation is the indicator of your ovulation. After mapping your
temperature for a few cycles, you can begin to predict when your ovulation
Other signs of ovulation that may occur might include: increase in sex drive,
breast tenderness, abdominal bloating, heightened senses and an elevated
level of LH (luteinizing hormone) which you can indicate through ovulation