If you’re trying to get pregnant, you’re probably on the look out for ovulation symptoms, in order to work out what day you’ll ovulate.
The first step to getting pregnant is to make sure the egg and sperm are able to meet. This can be trickier than it sounds. Your body usually releases one egg each month in a process called ovulation.
Once you’ve identified it, you can then have intercourse, and hopefully it results in a pregnancy. Bear in mind that when you do ovulate, you only have a short window of time to conceive before the egg starts to die.
How to know if you are Ovulating
Change in cervical fluid
Every woman can experience her own type of cervical fluid, and not all cervical fluid looks the same. Ovulation usually takes place on the day a woman has the most amount of wet fluid. Cervical mucus changes with fluctuations in hormones.
Following a period, mucus will typically be dry before becoming sticky, then creamy, then watery, before its most fertile state – clear, slippery and stretchy. Highly fertile mucus looks like raw egg white. This best aids the sperm on its passage to the egg, and provides an alkaline protection from the vagina’s acidic environment.
Change in basal body temperature
For most women, you will see that prior to ovulation, the basal body temperature is rather consistent. As you get closer to ovulation, you may have a slight decline, but it will be followed by a sharp increase after ovulation. The increase in temperature is the sign that you just ovulated. Tracking your basal body temperature accurately over a few months can help you predict when you are about to ovulate.
The most uncomfortable ovulation symptom for some women is pain. For these women, ovulation causes a sudden, constant pain in their lower abdomen. It’s important to understand that pain when ovulating is not normal. A mild sensation is normal, but pain is not. It could be a sign you have other heath issues.
Some women notice that their s3x drive increases when ovulating, which might be nature’s way of ensuring we keep the species alive and well! But, s3x drive can be influenced by just anything, including whether you had a glass of wine or are just in the mood.
Here’s a list of other possible ovulation symptoms, however they are not as reliable as the above symptoms:
- Breast tenderness and sensitivity
- Increased energy level
- Heightened sense of vision, smell and taste
- Water retention
- Light spotting or discharge