When you're trying to get pregnant, it is important to know when you will be fertile. However our recent poll shows that an alarming number of women (sixty-nine percent, in fact) have no idea when they are ovulating.
Fortunately, your body will tell you when you are at your most fertile. You just have to know the 12 signs of ovulation.
Bodily Changes that Indicate Ovulation
Ovulation is a change that occurs within the body, and it does not happen in isolation. Before your body even releases the mature egg, it must prepare. As your body is preparing to ovulate, you will notice a few changes. Here are the common changes that most women experience:
Cervical Mucus – Cervical mucus will change throughout the menstrual cycle, and if you pay attention, it may also tell you when you are about to ovulate. If cervical mucus is dry or absent, you are not fertile. If it is sticky, your body is releasing hormones to help prepare for ovulation. Soon after you notice sticky cervical mucus, it will change again and become creamy. Again, this is caused by changing hormones. When you are at your most fertile, the cervical mucus will resemble raw egg white in texture and consistency.
Cervical Changes – In addition to changes to cervical mucus, your cervix itself will also change in preparation for ovulation. Early in your menstrual cycle, it will feel firm (like the tip of your nose), low, closed and dry. When you are at your most fertile, it will feel soft, high, open and wet (SHOW).
Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Spike – Your basal body, or first morning temperature, should remain lower before you ovulate and rise after ovulation. When your body starts releasing hormones to trigger ovulation, your temperature will increase by 0.5 to 1.0 Fahrenheit, and it will remain elevated until the end of your cycle.
Other symptoms – Many women experience other symptoms of ovulation that can tell them when their body is preparing for its fertile window. These may include heightened senses, cramping type pain on one side of the abdomen (usually after ovulation), spotting, abdominal bloating, and more.
Technical Ways to Test Ovulation
Many women choose to track ovulation naturally by charting basal body temperature and looking out for physical signs. Others prefer a more technical approach.
Ovulation Prediction Kits – These are available over the counter to help you determine when you will ovulate. These kits test your urine for luteinizing hormone (LH), which is a hormone released during ovulation. You may use a kit along with natural methods or on its own.
Saliva Ferning – If you look at an ovulating woman's saliva under the microscope, you will probably notice a ferning, or snowflake-like, pattern. If you have a microscope, you may want to test this method.
Medical Intervention – If you are seeking the help of a fertility specialist, he or she can arrange to take several blood samples during your cycle to determine when your are ovulating.
Author Bio - Phil Druce launched OvulationCalendar.com after a personal family battle to get pregnant, Ovulation Calendar aims to provide the necessary tools and educational resources for those couples hoping to achieve a safe and healthy pregnancy.