Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation
Want to know when you are ovulating? Ovulation can be accompanied by numerous symptoms. However, many of these are extremely small and insignificant and often go unnoticed. We can help you pinpoint ovulation, your most fertile period, and significantly increase your chances of conceiving!
Ovulation Tests (aka LH tests and OPKs)
Ovulation Tests are possibly the best non-invasive way to pinpoint 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), their period where you are most fertile.
Throughout your menstrual cycle, your cervical mucus will vary in texture and quantity. Monitoring these changes can assist in accurately detecting your most fertile phase. In the lead up to ovulation your estrogen levels will being 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 monitoring regularly, just before ovulation you should notice a dip in temperature and a sudden increase once 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.
Some women notice a pinching or feeling like menstrual cramps around the time of ovulation. The pain will normally 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. Ovulation pain can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.