Signs that You’re Ovulating
When you’re trying to get pregnant it can be extremely helpful to know when you’re ovulating so that you can time having sexual intercourse on the days that it really counts. Once you know what you’re looking for, signs that you’re ovulating can be quite easy to read. Some signs will indicate that you’re about to ovulate while others will indicate that ovulation has already passed. The following methods will help you determine your ovulation cycle. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have all the signs and symptoms of ovulation. Women’s bodies are all unique. What’s important is that you learn how to read your own body.
Your Basal Body Temperature and Your Ovulation Cycle
One of the most popular ways to read the signs that you’re ovulating is by charting your basal body temperature (BBT). Your BBT will rise slightly and stay elevated right after you’ve ovulated. This rise in temperature happens when the progesterone hormones in your body increase after ovulation has happened. When you chart your BBT for a few months you can be sure that you’re ovulating. While basal body temperature gives you the signal of ovulation having happened, it can be sign that is misread if you have erratic sleep patterns. As well, some women don’t like to rely on charting their BBT if they have an irregular menstrual cycle.
Changes in Cervical Mucus Indicate Ovulation
Another common sign of ovulation is changes to your cervical mucus. When you’re not ovulating the cervical mucus will be rather creamy and sticky. Or there may not be any mucus evident at all. The closer you get to ovulating the more mucus there will be as your body readies itself to become pregnant. It will seem almost as though it’s watery and a bit like raw egg whites, and will stretch out between your fingers. Many women feel this is one of the most accurate signs that they’re going to be ovulating. If you’re taking Clomid to boost your fertility or on any antihistamine medication, it’s important to know that your cervical mucus might be too dry to use as a sign for ovulation.
Ovulation Means Changes in Cervical Position
As your body moves closer to ovulation, the position of your cervix is going to changes just as the cervical mucus did. At the beginning of your menstrual cycle your cervix will be hard, low, and closed. As you become more fertile your cervix is going to be softer, higher, and more open. This is your body becoming more accommodating, to allow your partner’s sperm to easily move through the cervix to fertilize the egg. This sign of ovulation is often hard to detect unless you really know your body. Using a couple of fingers, check to see how your cervix feels. It may take you some time to learn the difference between how your cervix feels as it goes through ovulation.
“Mittelschmerz” as a Sign of Ovulation
“Mittelschmerz” translates from German to mean “middle pain”. Many women feel slight cramps or twinges of pain in their lower abdominal region. The sensation is usually felt on the side of your body that you’re ovulating from, and is thought to be a sign that an egg is about to be released from an ovary. If you’ve not already noticed this twinge of pain in the past it may take a bit of close monitoring of your body to read the signal.
Tender Breasts When Ovulating
Many women will have tender breasts right before they ovulate or right after. This tenderness is due to the hormones raging through your body as it gets ready for pregnancy. Tenderness isn’t a certain sign of ovulation, so don’t rely on this sign to determine when you’re going to be ovulating.
Feeling Sexy Can Mean You’re Going to Ovulate
Another sign of ovulation is an increase in sexual desire. This is your body’s way of letting you know that it’s ready to conceive. While not all women experience this ovulation signal, many women find that they feel sexier and more in the mood right before they’re going to ovulate. Again, increased sexual desire isn’t a definite sign that you’ll be ovulating.
Getting to Know Your Body During Ovulation
The better you know your body the better you’ll be able to tell when you’re going to be ovulating. This can be extremely useful when you’re trying to get pregnant, and want to increase your chances of getting pregnant sooner rather than later. The external signals that your body gives you when you’re at your most fertile are subtle and easy to miss. However, once you know what you’re looking for you can take the time to get to know your body and what it’s telling you. Knowing what fertility clues to read makes it that much easier for you to plan on having intercourse during your most fertile time during each cycle. After all, it takes just one of your partner’s sperm to create a baby!