Clues You Are Ovulating






Understanding the signals your body is telling you that you are ovulating is beneficial for many reasons, including: a). you are trying to get pregnant, b). you want to avoid getting pregnant, or c). you just want to be more in tune with your body. The female body is highly complex, and understanding subtle clues your body tells you can be beneficial.

Below lists the most common signs and symptoms of ovulation:

1. “Egg white” discharge

Leading up to ovulation your discharge will become more prominent, more wet and slippery, and at ovulation the discharge can be described as an egg white consistency. This can be attributed to the rising level of estrogen in the body, which causes the cervix to release more mucus.[1]



2. Pelvic pain

Having a twinge of pelvic pain can signify ovulation. This can last from a few minutes to hours, and can be on one side or the middle of the lower abdomen. It is unknown exactly why ovulation can cause pain, but it may have something to do with the act of the ovary releasing the egg that acts to trigger pain receptors. [2]

3. Spotting

A mild amount of spotting can be indicative of ovulation. If you notice a small amount of spotting in the middle of your cycle, this may be indicative of ovulation. Spotting with ovulation can last anywhere from a few hours to a couple days. It is thought that spotting at ovulation is due to the rise and sharp fall of estrogen with ovulation. [3]



4. Increased libido

Increased libido is a possible sign of ovulation. If you think about it, this makes sense because your body wants to have sex around your fertile window for its greatest chance to get pregnant.  If you’ve noticed your sex drive has suddenly increased for no apparent reason, this is a sign that you may be ovulating. [4]

5. Cervix is soft and high

Your cervix changes its shapes and position throughout your entire cycle, likely without you even realizing it. During ovulation the cervix softens and is higher up, rather than being firm and lower as with other times in your cycle. [7]



6. Increased temperature

Your basal body temperature will slightly spike at ovulation. It is important to note that this is not a huge spike, it is more like half a degree to a degree increase, and you likely won’t even notice unless you are tracking your temperature.If you are tracking your temperature, make sure to check it first thing in the morning before you have had anything to eat or drink [5, 6].

Main take aways…

The clues of ovulation can be quite subtle and it is important to be aware that the above signs and symptoms can also be indicative of other factors as well.

References

  1. http://americanpregnancy.org/getting-pregnant/cervical-mucus/
  2. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9134-mittelschmerz
  3. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/475437_3
  4. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-sex/201503/how-the-menstrual-cycle-affects-womens-libido
  5. https://www.acog.org/-/media/For-Patients/faq024.pdf
  6. https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Evaluating-Infertility#expect
  7. http://americanpregnancy.org/getting-pregnant/signs-of-ovulation/




About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in women’s health and preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab

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