Ovulation is very important period of women life – it is actually the most fertile period (time for getting pregnant fast or to prevent unwanted pregnancies). Knowing your own ovulation days, you can plan your fertility, schedule planned babies and prevent unwanted pregnancies. It is equally important both for getting pregnant and for effective contraception. Women body always send some ovulation signs but not all women could notice it.
Ovulation usually occurs in the middle of normal menstrual cycle. Before and during ovulation, hormonal fluctuations can affect female body and change vaginal discharge, general feelings (libido, smelling peculiarities) and basal body temperature (BBT).
Ovulation signs – vaginal discharge
When woman approach ovulation, body produces more estrogen, causing cervical mucus to become stretchy and clear. During ovulation women produce specific vaginal discharge that is ideal for spermatozoids to move through cervix to Fallopian tubes. Ovulation vaginal discharge contains sperm-friendly thin and stretchy egg-white cervical mucus which helps sperm to glide through the vagina and swim to the egg that is released during ovulation. The amount of cervical mucus varies from woman to woman, but all women feel wetter and more lubricated during ovulation.
Some women experience light pinkish or brown spotting in the middle of menstrual cycle which always coincided with ovulation. Spotting sometimes occurs when the egg bursts through the follicle during ovulation. It can also happen just before or after ovulation as a result of hormonal changes.
Ovulation signs – breasts
It is well known that breast tissue is hormone-sensitive – this is why hormonal fluctuations during ovulation could trigger breast tenderness or soreness. Breast and nipple sensitivity, tenderness or soreness can be considered as short-term ovulation signs.
Ovulation signs – pain
About 20% of healthy women notice pain or cramping during ovulation – it occurs in the middle of menstrual cycle and caused by the egg breaking through the follicle during ovulation. Additional cramping could appear because of Fallopian tubes contraction which is necessary for moving egg through Fallopian tubes into the uterus. Most women experience one side abdominal pain and cramping before, during or right after ovulation. Ovulation pain and cramping could last from few minutes to few hours.
Ovulation signs – bloating
Little bloating during ovulation is common sign of ovulation for many women. The shift in hormones that takes place during ovulation is the likely cause of this bloating.
Ovulation signs – sex drive
Some women notice increased libido (sex drive) during ovulation, which is considered by many scientists as natural body preparation to reproduction. Some studies noticed correlation between women sex drive and levels of some female hormones (mainly LH). Ovulation time LH rick coincided with increased sex drive.
Ovulation signs – cervix
Cervix usually changes the position depending on days of menstrual cycle. Right after menstrual period cervix stay low, hard and closed. As ovulation approaches, cervix moves higher and feel soft and mushy. During ovulation cervix is usually more open.
Ovulation signs – mild nausea
Premenstrual syndrome and nausea are pretty common for many women. Hormonal changes during ovulation can also cause you to feel slightly nauseous.
Ovulation signs – short headache
About 20% healthy women suffer from so called “menstrual migraine” which always coincided with menstrual period. Scientists noticed that if woman gets menstrual migraine, there is a high possibility of headache around ovulation.
Ovulation signs – smelling peculiarities
Some women are more sensitive to different smells during ovulated period (especially to male pheromone androstenone).
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Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.