Am I Ovulating? Seven Signs That Ovulation Is Over
Tracking your ovulation is perhaps one of the most important things to do if you trying to conceive (TTC). If you know when you are going to ovulate, it can help you determine your fertility window and the optimum time to have intercourse to give your body the best chance to conceive. But how to tell if I am ovulating? or whether you have ovulated or not? Well, your body has some subtle ways of indicating just that.
This post will try to learn more about the signs that indicate that you have ovulated or about to ovulate. But before we talk about the symptoms of ovulation, let’s refresh our knowledge about the process.
What is ovulation?
Ovulation occurs when a mature ovarian follicle releases an egg from the ovaries during your menstrual cycle. For women having a regular 28-day menstrual cycle, ovulation usually happens right in the middle of the cycle, on day 14. It is crucial to understand that if you have a menstrual cycle that is longer or shorter than the typical 28 days, the day of ovulation can be different.
Once the egg is released, it has about 12 to 24 hours to get fertilized. If it is not fertilized within this time, the egg is no longer viable, and you must wait for the next cycle to get pregnant. As the ovulation happens in a relatively short period, you have a small window to get that egg fertilized if you want to get pregnant. It is, therefore, crucial that you know when you ovulate so that you can improve your chances of conception.
So, the question then becomes how to tell when exactly you will ovulate and whether you have already ovulated. Fortunately, there are some indicators that your body displays during this important time of your menstrual cycle. Going ahead, we will cover the seven most important signs that can help you determine ovulation and hence your fertility window.
- Consistency of the cervical mucus
Cervical mucus is an important secretion found in your reproductive tract. Throughout the menstrual cycle, the appearance and consistency of cervical mucus keep on changing. It appears creamy, white, or yellowish-white in colour for most of the cycle, but as you approach ovulation, the secretion changes appearance and consistency quite dramatically. Your cervical mucus becomes clear and slippery around ovulation, with the texture resembling that of an uncooked egg-white.
Once you have ovulated, the cervical mucus goes back to white or yellowish-white and thicker, just like before ovulation. If you track your cervical mucus every day for a few cycles, it is possible to spot this shift in colour and consistency and predict ovulation.
It can be difficult to track cervical mucus, to begin with, but with practice, you will get better. If you want to read about how you can track your cervical mucus to predict ovulation, Read our blog on How to Check Your Cervix for Ovulation
- Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
However, you should understand a few things regarding the BBT method of ovulation prediction. Firstly, the method works only if you track your BBT throughout your cycle and for multiple cycles to build a baseline. Secondly, as the BBT changes are quite subtle, you will need a special thermometer sensitive enough to detect these changes. Fortunately, Fertility2Family offers one of the
best basal thermometer at a very affordable cost.
If you plan to use this method to predict ovulation, you will take your basal body temperature every day. Your fertility window is when your BBT has reached its peak. The temperature will start to fall after ovulation, and so will your chances of getting pregnant. If you record your BBT every day for multiple cycles, you can see a pattern and predict the approximate time during the next cycle that you will ovulate.
Your basal body temperature can give you valuable information regarding your ovulation. The theory behind this method of predicting ovulation lies in the fact that your basal body temperature increases as you approach ovulation due to hormonal changes.
- Position of the cervix
The position of your cervix also changes according to the phase of your menstrual cycle. During most of the menstrual cycle, your cervix feels firm to touch and is located lower. As you move closer to your ovulation date, the cervix shifts its position and moves upward. It also feels much softer to touch near the ovulation phase of your menstrual cycle. You can easily observe these changes by performing self cervix exams from the comfort of your home. You can gently insert your finger to check the position and the feel of your cervix. It might sound a bit odd, but checking your cervix is not that difficult. All you do is stand at whatever position you stand while putting your tampon in and insert a finger into your vagina to palpate the cervix. It can be difficult to spot the cervix and comment about its firmness or softness. Still, if you practice, it will become easier, and you can predict whether you are nearing ovulation by just observing your cervix. It is important to chart your findings after the cervix exam to have enough data to predict your ovulation during the subsequent cycles.If you want to read more about how to check your cervix to predict ovulation, Read our blog 4 Tips On How To Successfully Chart Your Menstrual Cycle
- Changes in libido
Your sex drive or libido waxes and wanes throughout your menstrual cycle. It is quite common to feel more inclined to have sex when you are most fertile, right around ovulation. Think of it as a way for your body to tell you that it is ready to make a baby! If you experience an increase in sex drive right around the middle of your cycle that wanes off in a couple of days; you might have already ovulated. You can even track your libido throughout your menstrual cycle to predict the time you are most fertile and possibly ovulating.
- Ovulation Pain (Mittelschmerz)
During your menstrual cycle have you ever noticed a dull sharp pain near your lower abdomen? If you are experiencing lower abdomen mid-cycle you may be feeling ovulation pain. Some women get mittelschmerz ( German for “middle pain) every month where others get the feeling intermittently. Research shows that midcycle pain occurs just before you ovulate, which is when you are most fertile in your cycle. Ovulation pain is only temporary during the release of an egg from one of your ovaries, mittelschmerz does not normally need medical attention but the pain can be severe enough that it prevents them from having sexual intercourse.
- Levels of hormones in urine
Hormones closely control the menstrual cycle. The level of these fertility hormones in your body determines the phase of your menstrual cycle. Luteinizing hormone (LH) is perhaps one of the most important hormones controlling your ovulation. The level of this hormone suddenly increases for a short time just before you ovulate. This phenomenon is called the LH surge. During this time, the amount of LH is so high that it can be detected in the urine. Most ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) work on this principle. As the level of LH increases in urine, it can be seen by the OPKs and help you plan sexual intercourse. Ovulation tests are the least invasive yet the most accurate way to know did I ovulate or not? and know ovulation is over. The ovulation tests (LH test kits) from Fertility2Family are cheap, easy to use, and accurate. Our OPKs are laboratory tested and can detect the LH surge even when small amounts of LH are present in the urine so that you can predict ovulation with accuracy. Our OPKs come in the form of ovulation strip tests as well as ovulation midstream tests. Both OPK’s are just as accurate as each other the ovulation test strips are the cheaper more affordable option where the instream ovulation test kits are larger and easier to use but more costly.
- Breast Tenderness
Have you ever noticed your breasts are sensitive and tender to touch at different times of your cycle? changes throughout your menstrual cycle and the hormones your body produces after ovulation can cause your breasts to be more sensitive and tender than at the beginning of your cycle. You can’t predict ovulation this way but it can be a good signs ovulation is over.
Tracking your ovulation can help women who are TTC. You can use several methods to track your ovulation and predict your fertility window. Some ways might work well with some women than others. It would help if you decided the method for you by trying out a few of them that appeal to you.
We hope that this article was helpful and you are better equipped now to predict your ovulation and fertility window. Keep tracking your ovulation, and with practice, you can anticipate your ovulation with a fair degree of accuracy for your next cycle.
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