Are you Ovulating? 7 Signs of Ovulation
What is Ovulation?
During ovulation a female's estrogen levels are increasing, this causes a sharp rise in the luteinising hormone. Ovulation is the process in which the surge in LH causes the dominant follicle to rupture and in turn release the mature egg from the ovary, from where it enters the Fallopian tube.
Ovulation usually occurs halfway through your menstrual cycle. Every woman's cycle length varies, however, the average cycle lasts 28 days.
Here are 7 signs to help you find out if you are ovulating.
7 Signs of Ovulation
Cervical mucus is a fluid secreted by the cervix. The consistency and amount of mucus released will change throughout your menstrual cycle. However, by paying attention to these changes, you will be able to determine the days in which you will be most fertile. Furthermore, as you approach ovulation, the amount of cervical mucus begins to increase. This cervical mucus is often referred to like egg whites, and this is because the consistency is similar to that of egg whites, it is clear and stretchy.
Research supports the importance of cervical mucus in overall fertility. Studies suggest that conception rates were more closely related to mucus quality than to timing of intercourse related to ovulation.
Light Spotting or Discharge
This symptom is normal and likely to occur during ovulation. Light spotting or blood discharge is a result of the follicle which protects the egg growing and then rupturing. Often discharge may be brown, and this is just because the blood has become old.
Spotting is no cause for concern, however, if you continue to see red discharge, visit a doctor as this may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy.
Lower Abdominal or Mild Pelvic Pain
Some women can feel ovulation, they experience a mild pain in one area of their lower abdomen, and this is called Mittelschmerz. The pain occurs on the side of the ovary that's releasing an egg and the pain can switch sides every month. Mittelschmerz only lasts a few minutes or hours. However, the pain can be sudden and sharp and it can be accompanied by mild vaginal bleeding or discharge.
Making a note of your menstrual cycle for several months and when you feel lower abdominal pain will allow you determine if the pain is caused as a result of ovulation. Furthermore, if it occurs midcycle and goes away without treatment, it's most likely mittelschmerz.
Changes in Libido
Testosterone starts to increase a few days before your period, and peaks at ovulation day. Research suggests your sex drive will increase about three days before the hormone LH peaks. Further research shows that women were most likely to have sex when the LH levels were high. The day your LH peaks, is your most fertile day of the month.
However, if the pelvic pain persists and becomes severe, visit a doctor as this can be an indication of some other condition, such as appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease.
A slightly swollen vulva can indicate ovulation. You should not feel pain, however, it may feel a little sensitive.
Breast Tenderness or Soreness
Many women experience tender or sore breasts and if it is not the time for the menstrual period, this can be an indication that you are ovulating.
A Spike in your Basal Body Temperature
Your basal body temperature is your body temperature in the morning before you get out of bed. Noting your body temperature every day is a simple and inexpensive way to find out if you are ovulating.
A woman’s normal non-ovulating temperature is between 96 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit, however, this depends on the individual. Once the egg is released, a woman's BBT increases by about half a degree.
Charting your BBT over a few months will give you a greater indication of when you may be ovulating in future months.
Thank you to HealthstyleHub for recommending and allowing me to feature the Ovulation Calculator tool on the PCOS and Nutrition website.
The Ovulation Calculator is an easy and fairly accurate tool. It allows you to determine your fertile days. Simply enter the last day of your period and duration of the cycle. The calculator will display your fertile days.
Visit HealthstyleHub if you would like more information about ovulation.
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