Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation
Want to know when you are ovulating? Numerous symptoms can accompany ovulation. We can help you pinpoint ovulation, your most fertile period, and significantly increase your chances of conceiving! However, many of these are extremely small and insignificant and often go unnoticed.
Ovulation Tests (aka LH tests and OPKs)
Ovulation Tests are possibly the best non-invasive way to pinpoint ovulation and detect the signs of ovulation, and therefore increase your chances of falling pregnant. Ovulation Tests work by allowing you to detect your monthly LH Surge – the sudden and dramatic increase in Luteinizing Hormone (LH) present in your urine just before you ovulate. LH is the hormone that facilitates ovulation (the release of the egg), a period where you are most fertile.
Other Signs Of Ovulation
Throughout your menstrual cycle, your cervical mucus will vary in texture and quantity. Monitoring these changes can assist in accurately detecting your signs of ovulation and your most fertile phase. In the lead up to ovulation, your estrogen levels will begin to increase, resulting in cervical mucus taking on an egg-white consistency (often referred to at Eggy White Cervical Mucus or EWCM), and the quantity of mucus should increase. EWCM is clear and stretchy.
Basal Body Temperature
Basal Body ‘Temping’ is the process of daily monitoring your Basal Body Temperature (BBT), the body’s lowest temperature, which is recorded after a long period of rest. Generally, women who are ‘Temping’ will take their temperature first thing in the morning and record this information on a chart daily. When regularly monitoring just before ovulation, you should notice a dip in temperature and a sudden increase once ovulation has occurred, which is an excellent sign that ovulation has occurred.
When Basal Body ‘Temping’, it is important to use a specific BBT thermometer that is extremely accurate and sensitive. You can buy a cheap BBT thermometer.
Ovulation Pains Used As A sign Of Ovulation
Some women notice a pinching or feeling like menstrual cramps around the time of ovulation, also known as mittelschmerz. The pain will typically be on one side only around the hip bone area. The pain is caused by the egg bursting through the follicle and the cramping as the Fallopian tube contracts to assist move the egg down to the uterus. When you feel this pain, it is an excellent sign of ovulation to occur in the next 12 – 36 hours.
Ovulation pain can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. In this study, mittelschmerz may affect over 40% of women of reproductive age, and it occurs almost every month in these patients.