Women who are trying to get pregnant can benefit a great deal if they know more about their ovulation cycle. When a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is made available to be fertilized, it is known as ovulation. Healthy couples in their early 20s and 30s have a high chance of conceiving if they have intercourse during the ovulation cycle.
If you’re trying to conceive, here are some signs and symptoms to know that you’re ovulating:
- Mittelschmerz or Ovulation Pain
Almost 20 percent of all women experience a twinging pain or cramps, known as ovulation pain or Mittelschmerz (German for “middle pain”), in their abdominal area. This pain is believed to be caused due to the maturation or release of an egg from an ovary. However, if this sensation is too painful, it isn’t considered normal ovulation and can hint at other health issues. Talk to our expert team of gynecologists at KIMS CUDDLES if the pain gets unbearable or more than a normal sensation.
- Change in basal body temperature
To figure out this sign, you will need to track your basal body temperature accurately over a couple of months. Usually it is seen that prior to ovulation, the basal body temperature is consistent. Around the time of ovulation, there might be a slight decline and later on, a sharp increase. This increase in temperature is a sign that ovulation has just occurred. Thus, keeping a chart of basal body temperature can help understand ovulation days better.
- Change in Cervical fluid
Cervical fluid or mucus is a one of the most reliable symptoms of ovulation. It is a sign that you are near ovulation or are ovulating. Cervical mucus changes with fluctuations in hormones, such as oestrogen. Highly fertile mucus resembles raw egg whites and indicates high fertility. Ovulation typically occurs on the day when a woman has the most amount of wet fluid. It is important to note that every woman experiences a different type of cervical fluid. Discuss with our team of experts at KIMS Cuddles if you feel that cervical fluid production is an issue.
- Change in Cervical firmness
As a woman ovulates, the cervix goes through many changes. It will be soft, high, open and wet during ovulation. It is not easy to understand these changes and most women take some time to be able to differentiate between what their cervix normally feels like and the changes it goes through during ovulation. The cervix can be checked daily, using one or two fingers to understand these changes. Remember to always wash your hands before you check your cervix.
- Secondary symptoms of ovulation
While the above four are more likely to occur in most women, there are some secondary signs that women may experience during ovulation. There may or may not occur in addition to the other signs. These include:
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal bloating
- Increased libido
- Cramping or slight pain on one side of the pelvis
- Heightened sense of smell, vision and taste
- Water retention
While it may seem like a challenge at first for some women to gauge their ovulation cycles, it tends to get easy once you try to actively track them. For a more detailed understanding about ovulation, visit KIMS Cuddles and talk to our team of experts who will guide you through it.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance