Sex challenge: Don't ignore these 6 signs of ovulation (and more body clues)
Monica Scott, BS, RN writes:
Understanding your signs of ovulation: The best time to get pregnant is during the day before and the few days after you ovulate. For many women, attempting to determine when they are ovulating can be frustrating, particularly if they have irregular periods. Claim Your 20 Free Ovulation Tests
While you can purchase ovulation kits that will help you determine when you are about to ovulate, your body also provides signs that can tell you when you are about to ovulate and when ovulation has passed. The following are signs that you can look for that can help you determine the best time to get pregnant:
Fertility fact #1: Changes in cervical mucus - When you get close to ovulation, the mucus in your cervix begins to change in both amount and consistency. The closer you are to ovulation, the thinner and more abundant your cervical mucus will become. You are likely to notice a watery or egg-white like substance that is sticky and stretchy. After ovulation has passed, you may not notice cervical mucus at all, or it may have a creamy texture.
Fertility fact #2: Increased sex drive - Many women find that their desire for sex increases during their most fertile periods: the days before, during, and right after you have ovulated. If you begin to feel a sudden increase in your libido, trust your body and have sex as often as you want to.
Fertility fact #3: Changes in basal body temperature - Basal body temperature changes are one of the most misunderstood signs of ovulation. While some women obsess over their temperature and check it constantly, the added stress of worrying about your temperature is not healthy. Simply put, your body will experience a slight rise in temperature (a few tenths of a degree) and remain elevated right after ovulation due to increased hormone levels. Track your temperature by taking it at the same time each day and writing the result on a calendar. When you notice an increase, there is a good chance you have just ovulated.
Fertility fact #4: Change in the position of the cervix - In the days just prior to ovulation, your cervix changes slightly. It will feel higher, softer, and more open. You can check this by regularly feeling your cervix and noticing changes in what feels “normal” to you.
Fertility fact #5: Positive OPK result - If you have decided to purchase ovulation predictor kits (OPKs), a positive result means that you are fertile and should begin attempting to conceive. This method is fairly accurate, particularly when combined with the signs of ovulation listed above.
Fertility fact #6: Abdominal pain - Some women experience feeling a quick, sharp pain on one side of the abdomen during ovulation. This is caused by the egg exiting the ovary and entering the fallopian tube. Not all women feel this sensation, nor does everyone feel it each month.
When you are attempting to conceive, one of the healthiest and best ways to predict when you will ovulate is simply to learn as much as possible about your own body. The more you know about how your body functions normally and your signs of ovulation, the easier it will be to detect changes that may indicate ovulation.
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