Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation
The signs of ovulation vary from woman to woman, and it’s possible some women will not experience any symptoms. Ovulation timing also differs. Some women ovulate like clockwork on the same day of their cycle every month, and other women may ovulate on varying days each month.
Because ovulation is tied to getting pregnant, it’s important to pay attention to signs that may indicate that you are ovulating. Let’s learn about ovulation, its symptoms and how to track it so that you can get pregnant quicker and easier.
Common Signs that Occur in Most Women
- Change in cervical fluid – the Cervical fluid that resembles “egg whites” is a sign 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
These are secondary signs and may not happen as consistently, if at all, for many women.
- Light spotting
- Slight cramping or pain on one side of the pelvis
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal bloating
- Increased sex drive
- A heightened sense of smell, taste or vision
Learning to track your ovulation and paying 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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Your Next Steps
- Learn about using Ovulation Kits and Fertility Monitors
- Order an Ovulation Kit from Fairhaven Health
- Read the most frequently asked questions about ovulation
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Compiled using information from the following sources:
Taking Charge of your Fertility by Toni Wesheler