Ovulation symptoms are notoriously tough to spot, they are very subtle and most of the time women have no idea that they are ovulating. Understanding when you ovulate and thus trying to have sex before, during and after that period can be very important in improving the chances that you will get pregnant.
What is Ovulation
Ovulation occurs when an egg gets out of the ovary; pregnancy occurs when a sperm enters that egg. Ovulation commonly occurs on the 14th day of the menstrual cycle, but this can vary from woman to woman.
Signs that you are Ovulating
Stomach pain- Some woman get stomach pains when they are ovulating, this alone though should not be an indicator of whether you are ovulating or not, but it can be a major clue. It does not happen to all women, however.
Increased vaginal secretion- One important ovulation symptom is the flow of a clear and slippery vaginal liquid, similar in appearance to egg whites, this usually happens before ovulation. After ovulation, the secretion will become sticky and more cloudy, or it may cease altogether. Usually, you won’t notice it, but if you pay special attention before the time you think you may ovulate, you should see.
Change in Basal temperature- This is a measure of your body’s temperature during rest, and during ovulation, it will increase very slightly. The change we are talking about here is very minute, so you will need to be measuring your temperature on a daily basis before you ovulate to see the change. I suggest using a good digital thermometer-special basal temperature ones are even available for this- and plotting the results on a graph every day. Fertility is greatest 2 or 3 days before your temperature goes up.
Urine & Saliva kits- Probably the best way to notice ovulation symptoms is to use a bag. Urine or Saliva ovulation kits need to be used on a daily basis before ovulation takes place, they will look for a rise in hormones which normally happens before ovulation occurs. This will help you accurately identify signs when ovulation occurs.
Best practices for pregnancy
Doctors advise you to have sex regularly 3 to 4 days before ovulation occurs to increase your chances of pregnancy. However, if you want to be sure, try to have regular sex all the time. For more on getting pregnant read How to Get Pregnant Fast..