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5 Ways to Know When You Are Ovulating

Posted on March 15th, 2015 by | 6 views

When you are trying to start a family, ovulation is the most important time of your cycle. In fact, it is the only time you can actually conceive.  By becoming more familiar with the key signs of ovulation, you can gain a better awareness of your fertile window.   

Here are 5 ways to help you become more acquainted with your ovulation cycle:

1. Things get heated

One of the signs that you have ovulated is that your base line or basal body temperature (BBT) will experience a slight increase.  The increase in temperature is caused by rising progesterone levels which occurs once ovulation has occurred.  By keeping track of your BBT at the same time every morning as soon as you awaken, you will be able to chart when spikes occur, and be better able to understand when ovulation is likely to occur next.   


2. Changing cervical mucus

You will notice that the cervical mucus secreted from your vagina will change in both consistency and colour throughout the month.  Understanding what these changes mean is the key to determining when ovulation is imminent.  Fluctuations in oestrogen following your menstruation period will lead to an increase in secretions which are generally thick and white in appearance.  This is a signal that you are in your fertile window and should have plenty of sexual intercourse as sperm has the ability to last up to 7 days in the vagina.  The amount of cervical mucus will increase as you progress through your cycle, and will become similar to the consistency of egg whites when you either start or are already ovulating. 


3. You may feel a little discomfort

Some women experience a little discomfort during ovulation that can be similar to the discomfort of an oncoming menstrual period. These women may experience breast tenderness, slight cramping or a combination of both.  By keeping track of other key signs of ovulation you will be able to distinguish between whether these are due to an oncoming menstrual period or ovulation.  


4. You will naturally want to make babies

During ovulation, you may find that you are more sexually interested in your partner; are more likely to dress provocatively, and are more easily aroused.  The changes in your sex drive are caused by the sudden drop in oestrogen levels which increases the effectiveness of testosterone, the hormone that controls female libido.   


5. Things get a little more sensitive

Another physical symptom of ovulation is that your vagina and vulva may become more swollen and sensitive during your fertile period. It may not be something you notice until you have a sexual encounter as the increased sensitivity will likely also heighten your sexual pleasure.  Additionally, while your cervix will feel tight and slightly hard when you are not ovulating, your cervix will soften and move higher during ovulation.  You can monitor these latter changes by inserting a clean finger into the vagina and pressing on the cervix. 


Author Bio: Dr. Zeenobiyah McGowan is a mother of one and Editor at, a tool which best predicts your fertile window by using big data and machine learning. Dr. McGowan has also recently become a mother, growing her fertility knowledge first hand.

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