Attention! If you trying to get pregnant, you might just be wasting your time. If you really serious about having a baby, you need to know what signs to look out for.
I’m talking about the signs of ovulation.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of ovulation is the quickest way for you to conceive . Getting pregnant is tied to ovulation. And in this post, I will show you exactly what to look out for.
If you are unsure if this will work, what if I told you by getting your timing right you could have your newborn joy in your arms sooner than you might expect.
You’d probably tell me I’m crazy, hey millions of women have walk this road. For some women getting pregnant is difficult enough. Ovulation symptoms might not easily be recognisable, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
I’ll show you all the common signs and symptoms of ovulation. It will help you increase your chances to conceive and to achieve results.
What is ovulation
A very small window of opportunity exists if you want to get pregnant. That small window is called ovulation. It normal last between 12 to 24 hours.
Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from a mature ovarian follicle, travels down the fallopian tube where it may be fertilized by sperm. Every month an egg will mature within one of your ovaries. During that time your egg is ready for business.
What Causes Ovulation In Your Body.
If your period is regular, you’re more likely to ovulate every 24 to 35 days. Your ovaries are amazing organs. They develop egg-containing follicles in preparation for ovulation.
Every cycle around 5 to 12 follicles develop. Follicle gets released at ovulation.
Luteinizing Hormone triggers ovulation in you’re body due to high oestrogen levels in the blood. The growing follicles produce oestrogen.
When the mature follicle bursts through the ovarian wall ovulation occurs. You could very well get pregnant if the sperm is waiting for an egg.
Keep in mind that stress can delay ovulation.
It’s Best To…
Understand Your Cycle
A healthy menstrual cycle should be about 26-32 days in length. With the ovulation symptoms that we will deal with later, you will be able to detect ovulation after just one cycle.
Keep A Calendar
You need to know when it’s your fertile days.
Having sex 5 days before you ovulate is best. It’s called your “fertile window”.
Sperm can survive a few days inside your body. By the time you’re ovulating the sperm will be waiting on your egg, ready for business.
If your menstrual cycle is regular, lasting 28 days, you will likely ovulate on day 14 meaning you’re fertile window begins on day 10. Having sex every other day between days 10 to 14 will increase the likelihood of you conceiving.
Signs Of Ovulation
Trying for a baby without success can be frustrating. The signs of ovulation is different for every women. Some don’t experience any symptoms of ovulation. Some experience ovulation symptoms like clockwork.
1. Ovulation Bleeding
Ovulation bleeding or ovulation spotting is common with many women. Bleeding during your ovulation period is normal. This is because dropping oestrogen levels can affect the lining of your womb, which can create a hole causing light bleeding.
2. Change In Cervical Mucus
A change in cervical mucus occurs near ovulation or during ovulation. The cervical mucus becomes thinner and wetter as ovulation approaches.
3. Change In Basal Body Temperature
Tracking your basal body temperature can help you pinpoint when ovulation is occurring. About 2 days prior to ovulation your temperature may have a slight decline. After ovulation, the basal body temperature will have a sharp increase. During ovulation, hormonal changes trigger a slight increase in temperature. You can roughly expect an increase of 0.5°C. This is a sign that ovulation has just occurred.
4. Change In Cervical Position And Firmness
The cervix is an optional fertility sign.
Two things you need to understand about your cervix.
- During ovulation (when fertility is high) the cervix will be soft, high, open and wet.
- During non-fertile times, the cervix is closed, firm and low.
The cervix goes through many changes throughout your menstrual cycle in response to the hormone oestrogen.
5. Feeling Bloated
Bloating can be result of 2 things:
- Hormonal changes during ovulation.
- Craving salty foods during ovulation.
When you snack on salty foods you drink more water causing water retention. Although bloating is an annoyance, it does not last long.
Bloating can be easily treated:
- Drink more water.
- Eat less salt.
- Get an over the counter diuretic to flush out those excess water.
If all else fails visit your gynaecologist or family doctor.
6. Abdominal pain AKA Mittelschmerz
Lower abdomen pain might occur 2 weeks before your menstrual period.
This pain ranges from a dull ache to a stabbing pain. This happens when one of your ovaries is preparing to release an egg.
Consider this pain as a side-effect. It is completely normal.
7. Sore boobs
Tender breast is usually a sign for pregnancy. It can also indicate ovulation. High levels of oestrogen just before ovulation may make your breasts feel tender.
8. Mild Nausea
Feeling nauseas during pregnancy is common among women. Nausea is not one of the signs of ovulation. However, due to hormonal changes during ovulation some women do report experiencing mild “morning-sickness like” nausea. Vomiting and feeling nauseas after ovulating may indicate that you’re pregnant. Take a pregnancy test to confirm or rule out pregnancy.
9. Headache or Migraine
Women are three times more likely to experience headaches or migraines than men. Some women experience headaches or migraines during ovulation. This is due to the hormonal changes taken place. The severity of the headaches or migraines can be influenced by birth control pills.
10. Increased sex drive
Women’s sexual desire increases during ovulation. Genital blood flow increases when you’re ovulating. This is also the time when you’re most fertile.
You could also……
Do A Saliva Test.
A study conducted in 2011 identified luteinizing hormone as an accurate salivary biomarker of ovulation in females. Luteinizing hormone is elevated during ovulation making it a reliable way to detect ovulation.
Get A Kit
An ovulation kit. It takes out all the frustrations. It pinpoints your fertility window by detecting an increase in the luteinizing hormone. Luteinizing hormone is elevated during ovulation.
Use The Ovulation Calculator
Another way to know exactly when you’re ovulating is to use an ovulation calculator. The calculator helps determine when you most likely to be fertile.
Here’s A Fact…
Not all women ovulate every month. This is called an anovulatory menstrual cycle. Sometimes an ovary does not produce a mature follicle. When that happens ovulation does not occur.
Tracking your ovulation and paying attention to signs and symptoms of ovulation can proof to be a challenge at first. Over time it becomes easy to recognize the symptoms of ovulation .Now that you know what signs of ovulation to look out for, you will be able to better gauge where you are in your cycle.