If you want to get pregnant or want to prevent unwanted pregnancies, you probably want to know your ovulation symptoms that indicate that you are ovulating. At the time of ovulation, you only have a short period in which fertilization of the egg can occur.
Ovulation is the process when one mature egg is released from the ovary, which happens every month. A woman is most fertile throughout the time of ovulation.
How to count your menstrual cycle
To understand your menstrual cycle, you do not have to be an expert. But you should know the following: Day 1 to 12 is the follicular phase, it starts on the first day of the period and ends with ovulation.
Day 13 to 15 is the ovulatory phase, and the egg released into the fallopian tube. After it is released, there is a 24-48 hour window during which a male sperm could fertilize it.
Day 16 to 28 is the luteal phase, and the body is still preparing to get pregnant at first, releasing the proper hormones and waiting for fertilization. Following the menstrual cycle chart can give you an idea of the lengths of the follicular, ovulatory, and luteal phases, so you can find the ovulation period approximately.
Here are ways to know when you’re ovulating:
1. You, Will, Feel A Slight Twinge Of Pain Or Mild Cramps In Your Lower Abdomen.
Some women experience constant pain in the lower abdomen during the ovulation period. However, the ache is not regular. A slight feeling of discomfort should not scare you, but pain may be the symptom of a medical problem that can lead to infertility. Ask for a doctor if you have pain during ovulation.
2. Your Basal Body Temperature Will Falls Slightly, Then Rises Again.
To notice a decrease in basal temperature, you should monitor your menstrual cycle by taking your temperature every day, in the morning, at the same time. This monitoring aims to identify the activity of your body.
Find a basal thermometer and start monitoring. You will notice that after ovulation, the temperature will begin to rise and will remain so until the next menstrual cycle. If you become pregnant, your temperature will remain high. The increase in temperature is a sign that ovulation has just occurred.
3. Heightened Sense of Smell
Heightened senses can be ovulation symptoms. You have an increased sense of smell or taste. If you observe a change in your smelling sense before your period, it’s a sign that you’re ovulating.
4. Change In Cervical Fluid: Your Mucus Becomes Clear And Thinner With A More Slippery Consistency Similar To That Of Egg Whites.
Recognizing changes in your cervical mucus can help you identify when your cycle is most fertile. Throughout the menstrual cycle, the slime will be dry, and they become sticky, then creamy, then aqueous.
In the fertile period, you will have a clear, stretchy mucus that’s the consistency of egg whites (this discharge is clear and has a stretchy texture similar to raw egg whites). Check your cervical mucus several times a day is an easy way to detect ovulation and get to know your fertility cycle better.
Other Signs Of Ovulation Are:
- Your cervix will soften and opens up.
- Breast tenderness
- Increased libido
- Your vulva or vagina may appear swollen.
- Water retention
- You may notice some light spotting
You can use ovulation prediction tests. Some are similar to pregnancy tests, and you can measure your ovulation luteinizing hormone levels. So you will know if you are going to ovulate in the next 12-24 hours. Ask your doctor for advice about the products you can use for the tests.