Ways to Know When you are Ovulating

Understanding the procedure of ovulation will help you better comprehend the means required in arranging a pregnancy. Ovulation is the procedure in the conceptive framework, when the egg is released from the ovaries by method for the fallopian tubes. It happens some time halfway through the menstrual cycle and goes on for 28 – 35 days. This period can shift from lady to lady. Amid ovulation, a lady is at the pinnacle of her richness. This is the best time for a couple to consider on the grounds that the egg is ready and prepared to draw in the sperm. The term of ovulation is short. A sperm can get by for 3 days, yet 12 – 24 hours is the most extreme time that eggs are prepared to get connected. After that, the ovaries are released out of the body and the ovulation cycle proceeds. How to monitor your ovulation cycle? Keep up a graph/logbook of your period cycle and read the signs given underneath. You’ll get a gauge of when you’ll be ovulating.

Signs of Ovulation

It is estimated that at only 20% couples are able to conceive when they want to. One reason for this could be infertility. Another, and probably a more common reason could be that they do not know when exactly they should try to conceive. So, for all the women out there, here are some signs to know when it’s the best time to try.

Cervical Mucus
This may seem a little icky but it’s a good way to know your ovulation cycle. Immediately after your period, you will not have any discharge of cervical mucus (whitish/yellowish discharge) from your vagina. As you proceed further into your menstrual cycle, the discharge will appear and will be white and thick. As more days pass, the consistency of this mucus will become thinner and will become transparent. The time when the discharge reaches this thin consistency is a sign that you are ovulating. This will last only a couple of days and then will go back to the thick discharge.

Basal Body Temperature
There are special thermometers available in the market to measure your basal body temperature (BBT). What is BBT? BBT is your body temperature taken immediately when you wake up. Immediately meaning, before you sit, walk, talk or move. A menstrual cycle involves a lot of hormonal changes. Hormones like estrogen and progesterone bring about these changes. As a result, your BBT too, wavers. So, before ovulation, your BBT remains lower compared to the period after ovulation. Maintain a chart with your BBT readings to help you find out when you’re ovulating.

Cervix
Another way to know when you ovulate, is to observe your cervix in your menstrual cycle. The cervix can be called the ‘neck of the uterus’. It is that part which joins the uterus to the upper portion of the vagina. During ovulation, the cervix becomes soft and opens up a little. If you are not ovulating, it is a little hard and rough. The color changes too. From a normal pink to a pale or bluish color when you’re ovulating.

Changes in Body
You body goes through many changes as a result of so many hormonal changes. If you want to know when you are ovulating, look out for these changes in your body given below.

  • Tender Breasts: During ovulation, the breasts tend to become softer and tender. It could also cause your breasts and nipples to become sore.
  • Painful Ovulation: Mittelschmerz (German for middle pain) is an abdominal pain that some women may experience during ovulation. It is an effect of the formation of eggs which involve a rapid muscle action. Painful ovulation is quite normal and generally does not require treatment. But there are medicines available in the market to ease this pain.
  • Increased Sex Drive: Some women may experience an increase in sexual desire when they are ovulating. This works perfectly, because it is the best time to engage in intercourse.
  • Bloating: Some women may have a tendency of bloating around the time of their ovulation. This is a temporary reaction to hormonal changes and will subside after ovulation is complete.