Ovulation is the process of the release of a single, matured egg from follicle which developed in the ovary. It happens regularly around day 14 of 28-day menstrual cycle.
When the egg is released, it fertilizes for 12 to 48 hours before it starts disintegrating. If you are trying to get pregnant, doing sex in that week is the best option. The following are some of the symptoms for ovulation:
Signs & Symptoms Of Ovulation
Cervical Mucus Changes
When there is no ovulation, cervical mucus will be absent or appear to be sticky and creamy. One can see changes in cervical mucus in terms of amount and consistency as the ovulation approaches. When ovulation occurs, the cervical mucus appears abundant and even stretches up to an inch between your fingers.
This change helps in knowing your body better and you can time your sex accordingly in order to get pregnant. As the ovulation approaches, the color of cervical mucus appears to be white, yellow or cloudy in nature. Just prior to ovulation, the mucus shows the consistency of raw white egg. Some women even experience a strong desire to do sex during this period.
Changes in Basal Body Temperature
Another method to know that you are in the ovulation phase is to record your basal body temperature. You need to record your body temperature regularly for 30 days in order to know about it more effectively. You should do it every morning within 30 minutes after getting out of your bed. It is advised to keep your thermometer beside your bed so that you don’t have to get up from your bed as it is known that body generates heat once we start doing something.
You will get effective results if you follow this technique. If your body temperature keeps increasing or decreasing consecutively, then it is a sign that you are in the ovulation phase. But if you are working in nights or your sleep pattern is unusual, then the technique of body basal temperature to know about ovulation won’t be a good option for you.
Changes in Cervical Position
Cervical position goes through changes as ovulation approaches. It will be effective to tell you if your ovulation is approaching even if the cervical mucus shows no signs of it. The position of the cervix will be higher, softer and more open.
One sided Pain in Lower Abdomen
You will experience one sided pain in lower abdomen which is known as Mittleschmerz. Women generally experience pain as the fertilized egg approaches the fallopian tube. It may occur for several times in a day.
Breast tenderness is experienced by some women before or after the ovulation. It happens when hormones starts flowing into the body showing signs of pregnancy. But it is not an accurate symptom of ovulation as it can also occur due to other conditions like impending abortion or cervical problems.
All the above symptoms can help you to a great extent in knowing about your ovulation. But if you don’t notice any signs or have irregular periods, then it is advised to consult a doctor.