Ovulation is part of the menstrual cycle and refers to when a mature egg is released from the ovary. Women are most fertile in the days leading up to ovulation which is why it’s crucial to know the signs if you’re trying to get pregnant. Some signs indicate it’s approaching and others that it’s already underway. You increase your chances of conception if you have sex before and during that window. Ovulation generally occurs in the middle of the menstrual cycle i.e., about 14 days before menstruation in a 28-day menstrual cycle every month.
Signs of ovulation
Transparent vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge varies during your cycle. It changes from dry or none to sticky, creamy, watery, and finally transparent before starting over again. One sign of ovulation is transparent vaginal discharge that’s similar to raw egg whites. During this stage, the body releases a fluid that acts as a lubricant to aid the entrance of sperm into the vagina.
Increased sexual desire
A woman’s desire for sex increases just before ovulation. This is nature’s way of making sure you want to get some when you’re most fertile and most likely to conceive. Ovulation is not the only thing that can give your libido a boost, but it is one among them. Unfortunately, it’s an easy sign to miss especially if you’re stressed, anxious, or depressed at the time.
Change in basal body temperature
The body’s basal temperature i.e., body’s temperature at rest increases slightly during ovulation. If you’re tracking your symptoms in an effort to get pregnant, consider using a thermometer designed to measure basal body temperature (BBT).
Changes in cervical firmness and position
During ovulation, the cervix is soft, wet, and open and it may also move higher up into the body. The cervix pulls back, softens, and opens up just a little to let the sperm through on their way to their target. Some women can feel the difference but it’s not as easy for others to tell.
Some women may experience pelvic cramping and slight discomfort, particularly on the side of the ovary where ovulation is occurring. This lower abdominal pain on one side is called mittelschmerz which is a German word for middle pain.
The hormones produced by the body after ovulation cause breast tenderness which is why sometimes breasts feel tender to the touch and other times not as much. Breast tenderness may also be a side-effect of fertility drugs.
Acne breakouts are common when the fertile window is closed. This is because the skin gets oilier during this time which can lead to small pimples and blackheads. It can occur even after adolescence. Beauty: How To Take Care Of Acne Prone Skin
For some women, light spotting or a brown discharge may occur during ovulation. This may be because of the rapture of ovarian follicles to release the ovum.
Ovulation predictor kit
For some women, these signs are not as obvious or easily seen. If you’re one of those women, consider purchasing an ovulation predictor kit. All you have to do is peen on a stick and the kit is able to identify the date of ovulation 12 to 24 hours in advance.
Other secondary signs of ovulation include water retention, abdominal bloating, fuller vaginal lips, backache, increased energy, as well as a heightened sense of taste, smell, and vision.
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