Five Ovulation Symptoms to Watch Out For

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1:20 pm December 21, 2011

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Your body’s ovulation symptoms are not difficult to recognize.When you’re ovulating, one of your ovaries has released a mature egg cell that’s ready for fertilizing.There’s only about five days in every cycle when you have the most chances of getting pregnant – the few days right before and after ovulation.

That’s a very small fertile window that you have to catch open every month, but the body has several to natural ovulation symptoms to let you know the window’s wide open now, or at least, is soon to be.

1.    Changes in cervix and cervical mucus

Abundant and healthy cervical mucus is needed so the sperm can pass along easily to the egg cell. One of the most reliable ovulation symptoms is the appearance and consistency of your cervical mucus. Your dry days, that is, after your period are characterized by the absence of an egg. By the time you ovulate, however, your fluid will take on a clear and sticky feel that stretches between your fingers before breaking. Another of these bodily changes that are ovulation symptoms is the softening and heightening of your cervix.

2.    Heightened basal body temperature

One of the most popular ovulation symptoms is an upward shift in your basal body temperature, the temperature of your body while in a resting state. This is a fairly cheap and easy means of determining your ovulation days. However, it often tells you when ovulation has happened after it has already happened. This means you have to chart a pattern and predict the most likely time you will ovulate the next month.

3.    Mittelschmerz

This is one of those ovulation symptoms that not all women experience. Only around one-fifth of American women have Mittelschmerz, or pain on one side of the lower abdomen that’s often times mistaken for appendicitis. Mittelschmerz is characterized by a dull pain or a cramp that lasts for a few moments up to a few hours that most women can tolerate. Only in rare cases does Mittelschmerz become a sharp pain that needs to be managed by painkillers.

4.    Tender breasts

Most women will have tender breasts at some point in their lives. This is usually seen as a sign of pregnancy or one of the ovulation symptoms that women who are trying to get pregnant may want to look for. Tender breasts and painful nipples are a sign of the hormonal changes that take place during ovulation. During this time, the amount of estrogen overtakes the amount of progesterone and the body reacts to these changes through physical manifestation.

5.    Increased libido

Research proves that women feel most eager for sex when they are ovulating. You can say this is one of those ovulation symptoms that don’t have any physical indications but you just know it exists because you can feel it. Nature has designed us so to pro-create. However, the stress of always following your ovulation symptoms and trying to have a baby can actually get in the way of your hormones, so be certain that you do not mistake stress, exhaustion, and pressure for sexual desire that isn’t there.

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