What are the signs you are ovulation? This is one of the main questions which bothers every woman. Especially when a woman is trying hard to conceive. If you are trying to get pregnant, this blog is for you, as understanding about your ovulation days is a must in order to increase your chance of conceiving.
We all know, that the chance of getting pregnant in a monthly in those five days of the ovulation cycle. Once, you are done ovulating, there occurs the menstrual cycle and you have to wait again for a whole month.
But the ovulation cycle does not just start anytime, there are signs and symptoms which tell us that we are ovulating. This blog tells you everything about ovulation and how to track it.
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What is Ovulation?
So, you all might have read in your biology class how a woman is born with all the eggs she would need in her lifetime. But the eggs are immature at that time, slowly when we grow up and our menstrual cycle starts, the eggs start getting mature.
Every month one mature egg from the ovaries travels the fallopian tube- this is called ovulation. When the egg is in the fallopian tube, it can meet the sperm and can become fertilized. In the absence of sperm, the egg goes down in the fallopian tube and break, which causes the menstrual cycle.
Ovulation happens once a month.
What are the signs of ovulation?
Some people are able to keep track of their ovulation day, while for some it is difficult to keep a track. So, now how do you know you are ovulating? Well, there are some ovulation signs and symptoms which can help women to keep track.
During the ovulation cycle, women should also know what all changes she can go through. So, the ovulation day symptoms are- So, let’s learn about the Signs & Symptoms of ovulation-
1. Body Temperature-
When the ovulation cycle begins, your body temperature remains fairly consistent. But as you get closer to ovulation day, the body temperature rises by 0.4-1.0 degrees.
So also to understand, whether you are ovulating or not, is to check your body temperature.
2. Cervical Mucus Changes–
As your ovulation day comes closer, your body produces more of the estrogen hormones, which makes the cervical mucus more stretchy and clear. And this helps the sperm to reach the egg easily, and fertilize it.
Cervical mucus looks and feels different in every woman. Some of the stages of Cervical Mucus are- dry to none, sticky, creamy, watery, raw-egg-white-like, and then back to sticky or dry.
3. Heightened Sense of Smell-
Many women become very sensitive to smell, during the ovulation. During this time, your body is more attracted to males.
4. Sore and Tender Breasts-
This is true, your breasts are the first to become sore and tender whenever it comes to changes in a woman’s body. Even during ovulation, the breasts become sore and tender, because of the hormone rush, entering your body before and after ovulation.
5. Lower Abdominal Pain-
Many women just understand that they are ovulating. All because of the mild pain in the lower abdomen. This is called ovulation pain, name Mittelschmerz. This abdominal pain can last anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours.
During this time, you can feel a little discharging, vaginal bleeding, and even nausea. But, not to worry about this pain, as it goes away with any of the OTC medicine.
6. Increase in Sex Drive-
For some women, during the ovulation cycle the sex drives increase. Which is good for those women, who wish to get pregnant, this may be a good time to have a lot of sex, in order to increase your chances. You may not only feel an urge to have sex, but you also start feeling sexy from within.
How To Track Accurate Ovulation Day?
1. Ovulation Kit-
Just like there is a pregnancy stick, there is also an ovulation predictor kit. This kit helps in identifying when the ovulation is expected to occur. With the help of urine, it measures the level of luteinizing hormone.
How it works:
- Pee on the stick.
- Wait for the line to appear.
- If the color matches the as shown in the description, you are still ovulating and you have 24-48 hours.
2. Menstrual Charting-
If your periods are regular, it is easy for you to track down your ovulation cycle. If your cycle lasts between 25-35 days, your ovulation day will occur on about 14 days before menstruation.
3. Fertility Monitor-
Just like the ovulation kit, tells you whether you are still ovulating or not, fertility monitor helps you know about those five days when your chances of conceiving are high. It helps to measure the estrogen and luteinizing hormone, and tells us about the two most fertile days and also about the five fertile days.
When does Ovulation occur?
After understanding the signs of ovulation, now let’s understand when does the ovulation occur. The ovulation cycle is different for every woman. Like we all have read, that ovulation happens on day 15 of your menstrual cycle.
Now, if you’re into the childbearing stage and your cycle lasts for 28-32 days, then your ovulation will hit between 10-19 days i.e. 12-16 days before your next period.
If your menstrual cycle is of 21 days, then ovulation will happen on day seven, and if your cycle is of 35 days then ovulation will occur on day 21.
But still, there are many other factors, which can hinder the ovulation cycle. Like- irregular periods, childbirth, or if you have taken birth control pills.
How long does Ovulation last?
This is very important for those women, who are planning. Because the chance of conceiving is at its peak, on the day of ovulation. Now, once the matured egg is released from the ovary, it can be fertilized for 24 hours. To get pregnant, it is not necessary to have sex on that particular day.
The fertile window in the cycle is of six days. 5 days prior to the ovulation day and 6th day the ovulation day itself. From these six days, you are most fertile during the two or three days, before ovulation and on the day of ovulation.
Once the day of ovulation is over, the chances of getting pregnant are very less.
Ovulation symptoms do not occur to every woman. Ovulation is an important part of the fertile window. You may have sex the whole month, but if you wish to conceive having intercourse during the fertile window is very necessary. So, keep a check on your ovulation days.
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