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Ovulation symptoms – how do you know when you’re most fertile?

Ovulation Symptoms - How Do You Know When You're Most Fertile?

In todays post, we’ll share some of the top ovulation symptoms.

  1. What is Ovulation?
  2. When Do you Ovulate?
  3. Top 3 ovulation symptoms
  4. Some ovulation symptoms to look out for
  5. Will every woman experience the same ovulation symptoms?
  6. Watch this video: Ovulation Symptoms: How To Know You Are Ovulating
  7. Can understanding ovulation symptoms help you conceive?
  8. Are Headaches a sign of ovulating?
  9. What are the signs of ovulation?
  10. Can ovulation cause nausea
  11. How long does nausea last?

Ovulation typically happens in the middle of your menstrual cycle. You’re most fertile during the three days leading up to ovulation. It can be hard to know when you’re ovulating. To figure it out, you can track common ovulation symptoms such as changes in your basal body temperature, in your cervical mucus, and to your cervix.

What is ovulation?

Ovulation is when you release an egg from one of your ovaries. From the five days before ovulation through to the day that you ovulate, you’re potentially fertile. But your chances of getting pregnant are highest if you have sex in the last three days of this six-day window.  

When do you ovulate?

Generally, you ovulate in the middle of your menstrual cycle. If you have an average 28-day cycle, you may ovulate around day 14. However, lengths of normal cycles can vary from 21 to 35 days. Some women ovulate around the same day each cycle, but for others the timing is hard to pinpoint.

Learning how to identify and track ovulation symptoms can help you plan when to have sex if you want to get pregnant.

Top 3 ovulation symptoms

Almost all women have these three ovulation symptoms:

  1. Changes in basal body temperature (BBT). Your BBT is your lowest body temperature in a 24-hour period. On the day after you ovulate, your BBT will go up by 0.5 to 1.0 degree Fahrenheit and stay elevated until your next period.
  2. Changes in cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is the vaginal discharge you sometimes find in your underwear. During the few days before you ovulate and immediately after ovulation, you may notice an increase in cervical mucus and a change in its texture.
  3. Changes to the cervix. During ovulation, your cervix is softer, higher, wetter, and more open.

The following symptoms are not as common or consistent as the ones described above, so you may have all, some, or none of them. They may include:

  1. Breast tenderness
  2. Mild cramps or twinges in the abdomen, or a one-sided backache, known as mittelschmerz (German for “middle pain”)
  3. Very mild spotting (vaginal bleeding or discharge that may occur when an egg is released)
  4. Heightened sense of smell
  5. Increased sex drive (some women say they feel sexy, flirty, more sociable, and more physically attractive)
  6. Changes in appetite or mood
  7. Fluid retention

Basal Body Temperature Variations – Your basal body temperature (BBT) is your lowest temperature after sleeping. BBT slightly rises after ovulation and stays elevated for about 10 days.

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Cervical Fluid Indicators – You are likely to have wetter cervical fluid (also known as cervical mucus) while you are ovulating, and the cervical fluid often changes just before and during ovulation to resemble that of egg white.

Cervical Changes – In addition to cervical fluid variations, you can also expect your cervix to feel softer, wetter and more open before ovulation.

What ovulation symptoms should you look out for?

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Cramping on just one side of your pelvis
  • An increased sex drive
  • Headaches
  • Mild nausea
  • Bloating
  • Tender breasts
  • Heightened senses such as vision, taste or smell
  • Ovulation pain

Many women experience a variety of secondary ovulation symptoms however these can be inconsistent throughout a women’s life.

Every 28 days or so, one mature egg is released from the ovary. This is called ovulation.

After the egg is released, it moves into the fallopian tube where it stays for about 24 hours. If the egg is not fertilised during that time, the egg disintegrates (breaks down) and menstruation (your period) begins 2 weeks later.

Watch this video: Ovulation Symptoms: How To Know You Are Ovulating

Will every woman experience the same ovulation symptoms?

Not every woman will experience symptoms of ovulation. The symptoms can also vary between different women and at different stages in life. Therefore, it is best to use these methods alongside an ovulation calendar if you are truly determined to get pregnant.

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Your cervix is the neck of your uterus (womb), and you can feel it within your vagina. As you approach ovulation your cervix becomes soft, high, open and wet (SHOW).

After ovulation these signs reverse, and your cervix becomes firm, low, closed and dry.

Can understanding ovulation symptoms help you conceive?

Having sex in the three days leading up to ovulation, and including ovulation day will dramatically increase your chances of getting pregnant. These represent the most fertile days in your menstrual cycle ovulation.

Why are you sometimes sick while ovulating?

Are Headaches a sign of ovulating?

You may experience a range of symptoms in the second half of your menstrual cycle. This period of time after ovulation and before bleeding begins may trigger things like headache, fatigue, and nausea. … The usual cramps and headaches may also make you feel sick to your stomach and generally unwell.

Therefore, if you have not been tracking your cycle or paying close enough attention to your body, you should consider beginning this process. The quicker you become more attuned to your body’s cycle and signs of ovulation, the better your chances of conceiving.

What are the signs of ovulation?

The NHS website states ovulation is when an egg is released from one of your ovaries.

There are also a few ways to work out when you ovulate which can improve your chances of getting pregnant.

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