The Signs of Ovulation
Are you trying to get pregnant and want to know when you’re ovulating? Some women have strict menstrual cycles and can determine for themselves when to get their groove on, others may not be as regular and need some assistance from bodily hints. Ovulation occurs midway through the menstrual cycle, so that’s around the 14th day (take 2-3 days either side) of an averaged 28 day cycle. An ovary releases an egg that only presents itself for 12 to 24 hours, playing hard to get unlike persistent sperm that can last for up to 6 days in the fallopian tubes.
Listen to your body
During the time of ovulation you may notice some changes within your body. If trying to conceive, it’s important to track your ovulation cycle so you can maximize your chances. Here are a list of some of the common symptoms that women use to detect when they are ovulating:
Your sexual drive may lift a gear and your eagerness to climb into bed with your partner has increased.
Pain and cramps
Some, but not all women experience slight pain in the pelvic region or cramps in their abdomen around the mid-point of their cycle. This can be a sign that an egg has matured or been released from the ovary.
Changes down there
The most identifiable signs of ovulation you will find occur down there. Your cervix (the long narrow portion of the uterus that joins to the top end of the vagina) may open up a little more than usual, while your cervical mucus discharge becomes thinner, clearer and stretchier. These are all changes to welcome in his sperm and make their journey easier.
Rise in body temperature
During ovulation, your basal body temperature (BBT; your temperature at rest) will rise to its highest point for the month. To do this, you would need to track your BBT on a daily basis with a thermometer, measuring at the same time each day. Early morning is usually the best time to get the most accurate measurement of a resting body temperature. If you can track and record your temperature daily, you should see your temperature spike at the time of ovulation. But be mindful, the changes in temperature may be subtle.
Sense of smell
Many women often report of a heightened sense of smell when they ovulate. So when that nose of yours is more sensitive it could be a sign to start trying.
A more accurate sign of ovulation is the change in your hormone levels. Ovulation kits are available at most pharmacies which detect these changes by testing your urine or saliva. If you are having trouble picking up on your signs of ovulation, then an ovulation kit might be helpful in pinpointing it. Once you are aware of your body’s changes you should be able to identify it yourself, but if you’re still having trouble then you can ask your doctor.
Experiencing one of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ovulating but, if you detect more than one and they are occurring around the mid-point of your cycle the chances are higher that they are linked to ovulation.
What to do with this information?
Have a lot of sex a week before and during ovulation, every two or three days with much foreplay to avoid using lubricants as they can affect sperm. Unlike a male, a woman’s orgasm is not needed for conception, in saying that though; satisfying each other’s needs will keep sex enjoyable, intimate and less stressful for when attempts fail. Your sex drive might lose its throttle and if this happens, which it commonly does, get out of the mindset of ‘baby’ making and make ‘love’ again, by having sex sporadically, throughout your cycle as regularly as you both enjoy. Did you know it can take a healthy couple up to 6 months to a year of trying before they succeed? Have sex the way you and your partner enjoy since no positions have been proven to help conception. There’s no harm in trying to assist sperm by lying in bed afterwards with your hips tilted up on a pillow or by lifting your legs to cycle in mid-air whilst lying on your back. If conception hasn’t occurred within a year or if you have irregular cycles, you and your partner might benefit from seeing a doctor for a check-up.