Am I ovulating?
What is ovulation?
How do I know when I am ovulating?
What are the signs and symptoms of ovulation?
If you are trying to conceive and have concerns regarding ovulation and when to have sex then this article will help you all the way in your struggle.
First of all let’s see what ovulation is:
Ovulation is the release of egg from one of your ovaries into the Fallopian tubes. It is the most fertile phase of your menstrual cycle. It is also called as the “fertile window” of your menstrual cycle. In this phase if a sperm meets with an egg then conception occurs and you are most likely to miss your next period as you will get pregnant.
How can I know I am ovulating?/ Am I ovulating?
Ovulation is one of the most important part to know if you are trying to get pregnant. Following are the few signs or symptoms of ovulation:
1. Increased vaginal discharge
A woman during ovulation experiences a thick, clear and white discharge just like egg whites. It is also known as cervical mucus. This discharge normally occurs after your periods are over and you are somewhere in halfway or a little further in of your cycle.
This cervical mucus is thick and if you touch it with your fingers you will see that it will stretch into strands and then break. This is the best way to see if this is really the discharge which you have been waiting for. It is the ideal time to get close to your partner for making a baby.
2. Basal body temperature (BBT)
When a women ovulates, her body temperature rises due to hormonal changes in her body. Charting your body temperature throughout your cycle or after periods is worth trying but it can be frustrating for some women. One cannot easily predict these little rise in temperature for the first time so you have to try for few months to understand the pattern of your body temperature throughout your menstrual cycle.
3. Change in cervix position
Cervix is like a neck or ring like structure on the top of vagina. If you are not in your fertile stage then it is much lower, hard and is more closed but when you are ovulating and is in your fertile window then it is loosen, higher and is much softer to touch. If you can then you can use your one or two fingers to check your cervical position. This change in cervical position occurs in favor of conceiving. This allows the sperms to easily move up the cervix to uterus and Fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg.
4. Twinging pain or ovulation pain
When a women ovulates or when an egg is released from ovary she feels a twinging pain which is also called as ovulation pain. This pain is normally felt in one side (the side or ovary from which egg is released). This is an indication that the egg is released and if a sperm meets it fertilization can occur.
5. Breast feels tender
During the ovulation phase breast are tender to touch. This is an indication of ovulation but is not of much credit.
6. Increased sexual desire or sex drive
Women feels more sexual urge during the fertile window phase. This happens due to hormonal change in her body. The increased sexual desire means your body is preparing to conceive. So if you are experiencing such an urge then make sure to get close with your partner and allow those little tiny swimmers to meet with the egg.
7. Ovulation kits
Ovulation kits are available in the market to check for ovulation. These kits provide a manual for your help. These kits are like pregnancy test kits. It is a type of urine test which will let you know if you are in fertile phase or not.
The principle of working behind these kits is Luteinizing Hormone (LH). The amount of this hormone increases near to ovulation so these kits are designed to check for the ovulating phase.
Ovulation is the key to pregnancy and it is sometimes difficult to predict so if you are not sure about your cycle it is better to consult your gynecologist. Menstrual cycle as a whole depends on body conditions and hormonal changes. The days of cycle of every women do vary between 21 to 35 days. If you are not sure about the length of your cycle then try and monitor it as it will help you to look for the signs of ovulation.
Ovulation calculators are also available for you to check your ovulation date.
Hope this article was helpful.