The time of ovulation is different for every woman. Some women ovulate like clock work on the same day of their cycle every month. Other women may ovulate on varying each month. Narrowing down the window of time when ovulation may occur is the first step to tracking your ovulation. Your next step is to pay attention to signs that may indicate that you are ovulating.
Common Signs of ovulation that occur in most women:
- Change in cervical fluid. Cervical fluid that resembles “egg whites” is a sign that you are near ovulation or are ovulating. Every woman can experience her own type of cervical fluid, and not all cervical fluid looks the same. Ovulation usually takes place on the day a woman has the most amount of wet fluid.
- Change in basal body temperature. For most women, you will see that prior to ovulation, the basal body temperature is rather consistent. As you get closer to ovulation, you may have a slight decline, but it will be followed by a sharp increase after ovulation. The increase in temperature is the sign that ovulation has just occurred. Tracking your basal body temperature accurately over a few months can help you predict when ovulation is going to occur.
- Change in cervical position or firmness. The cervix goes through many changes as a woman ovulates. A woman may notice the clear signs of ovulation; her cervix will be soft, high, open and wet. For most women it will take some time in studying her body to be able to differentiate between what her cervix normally feels like and the changes it goes through during ovulation.
These 3 main signs of ovulation can be studied and learned so that you can accurately predict your time of ovulation. Using the fertility awareness method many women have used these signs to prevent or achieve pregnancy.
Secondary signs of ovulation
There are other ovulations signs that women may experience in addition to the 3 main signs. These are called secondary signs and may not happen as consistently, if at all, for many women.
These may include:
- Light spotting
- Slight cramping or pain on one side of the pelvis
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal bloating
- Increased sex drive
- Heightened sense of smell, taste or vision
Learning to track your ovulation and pay attention to your signs can be a challenge for some women at first. But over time, many women come to recognize these common signs very easily and are able to use them to gauge where they are in their cycle. Understanding your ovulation time can help you become more in tune with your body and be an active participant in what occurs each month.
Compiled using information from the following sources:
Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.com
Taking Charge of your Fertility. Wesheler, Toni, Ch. 5.
American Pregnancy Association, http://www.americanpregnancy.org