January 18, 2018

9 Signs of Ovulation. Ovulation Symptoms to Help You Get Pregnant

9 signs and symptoms of ovulation

When you are planning for pregnancy it is a good idea to be able to identify the symptoms of ovulation so you can better time intercourse to have the best chance of resulting in pregnancy.

Although the signs of ovulation vary from woman to woman ovulation typically occurs 14 days before the onset of your period and then the egg will only be available for fertilization for 24 hours after being released from the ovary.

As I already mentioned this is not the case for every woman; just like menstrual cycles differ from woman to woman some women have regular ovulation patterns while others have irregular ovulation patterns.

By learning to recognize the common signs of ovulation, you are able to time sex with your partner accordingly and boost or reduce the odds of getting pregnant.

Though it is not normal practice in our society, having sex during ovulation is the ideal time for making a baby.

Signs You Are Ovulating

Having a better understanding of ovulation signs can also give a clearer picture of your menstrual cycle and help spot any abnormal ovulation symptoms that may require attention.

You should always listen to your body when looking for ovulation signs. During this time a woman may be able tell if she is ovulating thanks to the ovulation signs and symptoms discussed below.

Common signs and symptoms of ovulation


9 Ovulation Symptoms

  1. Cervical mucus changes and position change of cervix
  2. Rise in basic body Temperature (BBT).
  3. Increased resting pulse rate.
  4. Increased sense of smell.
  5. Tender, sore breasts and nipples.
  6. Mild pain and swelling in the abdomen and pelvic area
  7. Light Discharge.
  8. Changes in sex drive.
  9. Saliva Ferning


The Role of Estrogen in Ovulation

Estrogen is the most influential hormone in ovulation.

During ovulation, estrogen level strategically rises and eventually reaches a threshold. This initiates the release of luteinizing hormone which triggers the ovaries to release the egg.

Most symptoms of ovulation are a result of the rise in estrogen levels.

How to Know When You Are Ovulating

Although ovulation signs vary from woman to woman there are key symptoms to be on the look out for that will help you identify when you are ovulating.

Cervical mucus during ovulationListed below are the 8 most common signs of ovulation along with am explanation of what they are and how to identify them.

1 .Cervical mucus changes and position change of cervix

Changes in the consistency of cervical mucus is one of the key signs of ovulation.

As the body approaches ovulation, it produces more estrogen and the cervical mucus becomes clear and stretchy to make it easier for the sperm to penetrate for fertilization.

The cervical mucus will look similar to the images shown above and below and you should be able to stretch it using your fingers.

The most fertile cervical mucus resembles raw egg white.

During ovulation your cervix may become higher, softer, wet and open. This can be checked along with mucus simply by feeling your cervix.

cervical mucus method for telling if you are ovulating

2. Rise in basic body temperature (BBT)

The basic body Temperature (BBT) is your body’s lowest temperature at rest, usually taken after sleep.

After ovulation increased progesterone levels causes BBT to increase.

You can track your basal body temperature as soon as you wake up over a series of months with a thermometer, like those available on Amazon, and learn how it fluctuates. It is then very to spot the difference in BBT occurs.

This is a very easy way how to tell if you are ovulating.

Be aware though that using BBT can’t however determine the precise day when you’re ovulating because the BBT rise occurs two or more days away from the day of ovulation.

Measuring BBT for identifying ovulation days

3. Increased resting pulse rate

The resting pulse rate (RPR) will begin to increase two days before ovulation.

The RPR is lowest during menstruation and then rises by about two beats per minute.

After ovulation the value continues to rise reaching a peak in the mid-luteal phase.

When you feel your pulse rate begin to rise you know you are nearing ovulation.

4. Increased sense of smell

Some women experience a more sensitive sense of smell around the ovulation period.

pheromone attraction during ovulationAnother common symptom is an increase in the sense of taste along with heightened vision during the ovulation period.

Attraction to the male pheromone, especially your partner’s unique individual pheromone, and a heightened response to testosterone is also evident during these periods – basically you will be more attracted to your partner.

5. Tender, sore breasts and nipples

Beast and nipple sensitivity, tenderness and soreness is caused by increase in hormones secreted by your body before and after ovulation.

Increase in progesterone levels before ovulation makes the nipples feel tender during the ovulation period. This tenderness is a good sign that you’re ovulating.

6. Mild pain and swelling in the abdomen and pelvic area

Some women feel a mild ache or pain on either side of their lower abdomen.

This is usually a short-lived sensation that is sometimes referred to as Mittelschmerz.

Although this is a very clear and easily identifiable sign be be aware that this pain may not occur on the precise day of ovulation. This symptom of ovulation is also limited to only about 20% of women.

pelvic ovulation painThis particular symptom should be viewed as a conformation that you are ovulating only if it accompanied by other symptoms.

If you experience severe or persistent pain then this demands medical attention and should not be ignored.

The inguinal lymph nodes, small glands located on either side of your pelvis, also swell and causes abdominal bloating.

This is caused by increased water retention due to a rise in the hormone estrogen.

Clothes may feel a little tighter in the abdominal area. A woman experiences inguinal lymph swelling from the same side of her body that the egg is released.

Some women also feel nauseous and have headaches at this time. This is because of the hormonal changes. The hormonal changes during ovulation are likely to make you more sensitive to changes around you causing a feeling of nausea or headache.

7. Light Discharge

Spotting is very common during ovulation. Unless it is consistent where you should see a physician to be checked for infections, a slight spotting should not be a reason for concern.

When the follicle that surrounds and protects the developing egg matures and erupts, to allow the ovaries to release the egg, a small amount of blood discharge becomes eminent.

8. Changes in sex drive

Many women notice a very marked increased in sex drive during ovulation due to high levels of estrogen.

There are often changes to libido during ovulationFeeling turned-on should however not be a definitive sign that you are ovulating and, like Mittelschmerz mentioned above, should be used as confirmation that you are ovulating only when accompanied by other symptoms.

After all a change in libido can be influenced by anything, even a glass of wine.

These libido changes can be identified easily but it is advisable to observe them over a few cycles to ensure you can consistently and confidently identify that the changes are related to your ovulation and not due to some other cause.

9. Saliva Ferning

Saliva ovulation testAnother easily identifiable ovulation symptom is the forming of a specific type of saliva in your mouth. The saliva takes on a consistency that is akin to frost-like patterns on a windowpane.

In laboratories a special microscope are used for this however a cheap microscope can do the same thing as long as you know what you are looking for.

Luckily there are cheap Amazon kits available that make the process easy but if you have a microscope at home you can do it yourself.

Other Ways to Identify Signs of Ovulation

Some women who may not experience any of the listed signs will ask themselves questions like,” Am I ovulating?” Other effective ways you can use to know when you’re ovulating are;

Using an Ovulation Prediction Kit (OPK) and fertility monitor.

Ovulation kitAn ovulation test kit measures the level of luteinizing hormone from urine. 10-12 hours before OVULATION, the levels rise to allow for full maturation of the egg. You can use paper and plastic cup OPK at home by dipping the strip of paper in a cup of urine.

There are very expensive ovulation kits on the market and many women think because they cost more they are better.

This is not the case.

A cheap ovulation kit (like this one on Amazon) is all you need as they are super accurate.

A fertility monitor can identify the 5 most fertile days of a woman using the LH and estrogen levels.

Some Factors that Affect Ovulation

If some of the ovulation symptoms listed here seem alien to you or your body does not seem to display these symptoms it may be due to one or more of the fallowing causes:

  • It is worth noting that pregnancy, menopause, or birth control pills can cause inconsistency in ovulation.
  • Certain diseases or disorders, like polycystic ovary syndrome or premature ovarian failure, and some medications for example antidepressants, anti-nausea medications and Chemotherapy can also cause a disruption to, or even a complete stop of, ovulation for a while.
  • Likewise, some lifestyle factors, which include stress or being extremely underweight or overweight, can also affect ovulation.

Also bear in mind that a woman is most fertile two days before Ovulation.
Signs of ovulation for pregnancy

In Summary

Couples that aren’t on birth control will normally have about 20% chance of conceiving a child during intercourse.

Simple as they are, a woman planning to have a child will find the above ovulation signs very useful for increasing her chances of conception simply by knowing when she is most fertile.

The most common signs and symptoms of ovulation are recapped below:

  • Cervical mucus changes and position change of cervix.
  • Rise in basic body Temperature (BBT).
  • Increased resting pulse rate.
  • Increased sense of smell.
  • Tender, sore breasts and nipples.
  • Mild pain and swelling in the abdomen and pelvic area
  • Light Discharge.
  • Changes in sex drive.
  • Saliva Ferning.

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