How Do You Know If You Are Ovulating? 5 Signs of Ovulation
Did you know that during monthly cycle, healthy couples in their 20s and 30s who are not using any birth control have 20% chance of getting pregnant? Seems like a small number, yet considering the fact that you can only conceive around the time of ovulation (which lasts for 12 – 24 hours) then 20% surely not a small number. That is why if you are longing for a baby, knowledge about how to make yourself more fertile is necessary. Along with reasonable intake of food and vitamins for fertility, you should be aware of signs that your body is ready to impregnate too.
What Is Ovulation and When Do You Ovulate?
You probably have learned in health class that ovulation is the release of mature eggs from the ovaries, setting the stage in fertilization. This is a part of the menstrual cycle which typically happens every once in a month after menstruation begins.
It was widely said that ovulation usually happens on day 15 of your menstrual cycle, but actually, it’s not applied to everyone. Women of childbearing age often have menstrual cycle lasts between 28 and 32 days, and ovulation usually hits between days 10 and 19 – about 12 to 16 days before the next period.
According to Donnica L. Moore, MD, healthy women have ovulation occurs 14 days before the onset of period. So if your cycle is 35 days, ovulation will happen on day 21 of that cycle. If your cycle is 21 days, then ovulation will occur on day 7. The timing of ovulation can be various due to the body’s characteristics.
5 Familiar Signs of Ovulation
#1 Ovulation pain
This is one of the most uncomfortable symptoms for most women. The sudden, constant pain in lower abdomen is felt on one side (the side of the ovary is releasing the egg). Notice that a mild sensation is normal and acceptable, yet if it is a bad pain, then it is not anymore. This could be the symptoms of ovarian cysts, adhesions from previous abdominal surgery, or other heath issues. You should check with the doctor immediately, especially if you are trying to conceive since it could result in infertility.
#2 Drop in basal body temperature
You will need a basal thermometer, which is a type thermometer used to measure the slighter than normal fluctuations in temperature. After ovulation, your temperature usually rises and stays that way for the next period. If you become pregnant, the temperature will stay higher.
#3 Cervical mucus changes
This is one of the more reliable ovulation symptoms, so observe your cervical fluid (CF) changes are necessary. Cervical mucus changes with fluctuations in hormones, and according to Philip Druce, Founder of Ovulation Calculator, you can distinguish which stage your body is in due to below features:
– Menstruation: during the period, you will not notice any cervical fluid.
– None or Dry: after your period, you may not notice any CF or you may notice a flaky, dry CF.
– Sticky: after the dry days, rising hormone levels cause your cervix to produce a sticky type of CF.
– Creamy: as you enter your fertile window, your hormones rise the water content in CF, make it becomes creamy.
– Eggwhite: at peak fertility, your CF should resemble the raw egg white in consistency, this is fertile CF which provides the best environment for sperm.
– Watery: at ovulation, your CF may become more watery and reach its greatest in quantity, then it will start to become sticky again and dry up until your next period.
It’s also a good indicator of when your fertility has returned after having a baby too.
#4: Cervical position changes
Your cervix position, opening, and texture become different during the fertile phase of your cycle. You can observe these changes by feeling your cervix; they are easy to learn. However, you should notice for about a few cycles to make sure you are confident enough to identify the changes.
#5 Increased sexual desire
Several studies have shown that women might experience an increase in sexual desire when they are most fertile, around the time of ovulation. Along with this is losing in appetite, which is easy to understand since the body now only asks for a mate.
There are some others possible symptoms for example breast tenderness, heightened senses or saliva ferning or slight spotting.
Utilize Ovulation to Be More Fertile
Predict your ovulation
An egg only lives for 12 – 24 hours after leaving the ovary and only one egg is released each time of ovulation, and if it cannot meet the sperm (which lives for up to 5 days), you will have to wait until next period. This means if you can predict your ovulation and have sex right on time, the chance having a baby will be much higher. There is a six-day “fertile window” in your cycle—the five days leading up to ovulation, through the day of ovulation. Of those six days, you have the highest chance to conceive during the two to three days before ovulation and the day of ovulation itself.
For example, if your menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, you might ovulate on day 14, and the fertile window opens on day 10. This means if you have sex at least every other day between days 10 to 14 of a 29-day circle, you’ll be more likely to get pregnant.
You can start by marking calendar of your menstrual cycle; buy an ovulation predictor kits or fertility track.
Listen to your body
No matter how precisely the predictor kits, there are always have some mistakes. Thus, listen to your body and check out if the signs applied are an essential part of trying to conceive. Let everything come natural and remember to keep yourself away from stress, illness or disruption of normal routines.