Learning about the signs of ovulation is one of the first steps you can take to increase your chances of becoming pregnant if you plan on having a baby. The signs of ovulation will vary from woman to woman — there is no one-size-fits-all approach to determining when your body is ovulating. In some cases, you may not even experience symptoms of ovulation, whereas others experience a series of tell-tale signs that occur at the same time every month.
After you’ve learned your body’s signs of ovulation, you can make plans to become intimate with your partner at the time your body is ovulating to increase the likelihood of conception.
Here are the three most common signs that indicate your body is ovulating:
You experience a change in cervical fluid
During ovulation, the appearance and consistency of your cervical fluid, or mucus, will generally resemble egg whites, though this may vary from woman to woman. Keep an eye on your cervical fluid, and keep in mind that ovulation is usually taking place on the days you’re experiencing the highest amount of this wet fluid.
Your cervix experiences a change in firmness and position
When you ovulate, your cervix will most likely be high, soft, open, and wet. When you are not ovulating, your cervix will be much lower in position, and may feel dry and firmer to the touch. To be able to determine the changes in your cervix, you may want to start performing self-exams throughout the course of the month to familiarize yourself with what your cervix normally feels like.
You experience a change in basal body temperature
Before you ovulate, your basal body temperature will remain consistent, but as you get closer to ovulation, your temperature will experience a slight decline. When your basal body temperature suddenly peaks following the decline, it means that your body has ovulated. Keep track of your basal body temperature regularly throughout the course of the month so you can accurately predict when your body is about to ovulate.
Here are the several other common “secondary” symptoms that may also indicate when your body is ovulating:
- Breast tenderness or soreness
- Light spotting
- Slight cramping on one side of your pelvis
- Increased sexual libido
- Heightened sense of taste, smell, and vision
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