Signs of Ovulation

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Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation

The signs of ovulation vary from woman to woman. It is possible that some women will not even experience ovulation symptoms. In addition, the time of ovulation differs for every woman. Some women ovulate like clock work on the same day of their cycle every month, and other women may ovulate on varying days each month.

Narrowing down the window of time when ovulation may occur is the first step to identifying and tracking your ovulation symptoms. Your next step is to pay attention to signs that may indicate that you are ovulating.

Getting pregnant is tied to ovulation, therefore it is important to make sure that you are familiar with ovulation and how it works. Take time now to learn about ovulation, its signs, and how to track it so that you can get pregnant quicker and easier.

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Common Signs that Occur in Most Women

Again, it is important to note that ovulation symptoms vary from woman to woman with some women experiencing no symptoms at all.

  • Change in cervical fluid – Cervical fluid that resembles “egg whites” is a sign that you are near ovulation or are ovulating. Every woman can experience her own type of cervical fluid, and not all cervical fluid looks the same. Ovulation usually takes place on the day a woman has the most amount of wet fluid. There are products available to help improve cervical fluid production if that is an issue.
  • Change in basal body temperature – For most women, you will see that prior to ovulation, the basal body temperature is rather consistent. As you get closer to ovulation, you may have a slight decline, but it will be followed by a sharp increase after ovulation. The increase in temperature is the sign that ovulation has just occurred. Tracking your basal body temperature accurately over a few months can help you predict when ovulation is going to occur.
  • Change in cervical position or firmness – The cervix goes through many changes as a woman ovulates. During ovulation, the cervix will be soft, high, open and wet. For most women, it will take some time to be able to differentiate between what their cervix normally feels like and the changes it goes through during ovulation.

These 3 main signs of ovulation can be studied and tracked so that you can accurately predict when you ovulate. The Fertility Awareness Method has helped many women use these signs to prevent or achieve pregnancy.

Secondary Ovulation Symptoms

There are other ovulation signs that women may experience in addition to the 3 main ovulation symptoms. These are called secondary signs and may not happen as consistently, if at all, for many women.

These ovulation symptoms may include:

  • Light spotting
  • Slight cramping or pain on one side of the pelvis
  • Breast tenderness
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Increased sex drive
  • Heightened sense of smell, taste or vision

Learning to track your ovulation and pay attention to your signs can be a challenge for some women at first, but over time many women come to recognize these common signs easily and are able to use them to gauge where they are in their cycle. Understanding your ovulation time can help you become more in tune with your body and be an active participant in what occurs each month.

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Last Updated: 09/2015

Compiled using information from the following sources: Mayo Clinic, Taking Charge of your Fertility. Wesheler, Toni, Ch. 5.