Understanding the Ovulation Process

Ovulation is a critical phase in a woman’s cycle for it is when she is most fertile. It is the period when conceiving a child is more likely. It is very important for a woman to know if she is ovulating or not for that knowledge alone can protect her from unwanted pregnancies. Learning more about the ovulation process is like learning more about your body and all the wonders associated to womanhood.

The Usual Ovulation Signs

There are obvious determinants showing whether a woman is ovulating or not. Knowing more about these signs gives you a fair idea whether or not you’re at the peak of fertility. Watch out for the following signs to know if you’re ovulating:

1. Change in the mucus excreted by the cervix
The cervix excretes mucus every so often and the type of mucus you see is a good indicator of ovulation. When a woman is ovulating, the mucus excreted resembles that of an egg white. The fluid coming out of your body is thin and stretchy. On the other hand, when you’re not ovulating, the cervix excretes a creamy or sticky substance. And at certain times, there will be no excretion at all.

2. Changes in the firmness and position of the cervix
Aside from the changes in the mucus, the position and the condition of the cervix will change too. The cervix becomes more open, softer, and higher as a woman ovulates. If not, a woman’s cervix is the exact opposite – it will be closed, hard, and low.

3. Changes in body temperature
Aside from the changes in the mucus, the body temperature changes as well. Such method of checking a woman’s ovulation process is called the body basal temperature method. During the ovulation process, a woman’s temperature tends to spike up. The spike may be no more than a tenth of a degree but it is a sure sign that your hormones are raging.

Less Common Ovulation Symptoms

Aside from the signs listed above, there are less common ovulation symptoms that can further confirm the fertility status of a woman. The less common ovulation symptoms are the following:

1. Tenderness of the Breasts
Some women would experience breast tenderness before and after her ovulation period. This symptom is best checked along with the calendar method. Note that in every calendar month, the days between you feel tenderness in the breasts is the time that you are ovulating.

2. Increased Sex Drive
Women who are ovulating seem to have the immediate need for intimacy. This increase in her sexual desire can be attributed to the increased number of female hormones in her body. This symptom is usually felt a few days before ovulation. Women who want to get pregnant are very much encouraged to get on with their desires when it strikes.

3. Light Spotting
Because of the position, condition, and mucus inside the cervix, light spotting is likely to be observed on ovulating women. However, as this symptom belongs to the less common ones, it may not appear on all women at all.

4. Abdominal Bloating
Some women may observe that their abdominal area gets a little bloated whenever they are ovulating. Again, this is not a very common scenario. Some women may experience it but most may not.

5. Cramping or Pain
There may be slight pain or cramps felt in and around the pelvic region during ovulation. The pain is usually felt only on one side of the hips.

6. Improved Sense of Taste, Vision, and Smell
Some women experience ovulating symptoms that are almost the same with the pregnancy symptoms as far as the functions of the senses is concerned. However, the intensity won’t be the same. Increased sensitivity to common stimuli is stronger when a woman is pregnant. However, studies show that ovulating women experience it too, although in a much slighter way.

Using Ovulation Kits to Predict Ovulation

Women who want to know whether they are ovulating or not, but wouldn’t like to go through the sensitive checking of the cervix or its mucus, could very well purchase ovulation kits that can predict with acceptable accuracy their ovulation period. These kits are designed to determine ahead of time if a woman is about to enter into her ovulation period so she can prepare for it accordingly.

Certain kits check the level of the luteinizing hormone of your body, which usually hits its peak a day before ovulation occurs. This kind of an ovulation tester works in almost the same as that of a pregnancy kit. A small amount of urine should be placed on the stick. There will be an indicator to show whether a woman is about to ovulate or not.

There is also the saliva test method. As its name indicates, this one will test a woman’s saliva instead. Instead of looking the luteinizing hormone, the saliva test checks the level of estrogen inside the woman’s body. Women who are ovulating will show a leaf-like pattern on their saliva when observed under a microscope.

There are other ovulation kits available these days as well, including a sweat test checker which looks into the salt content of the body. This test will determine the surge in the chloride ion, which occurs even before estrogen or the luteinizing hormone surges. Given that fact, women are given a longer warning before the actual ovulation process begins. If the luteinizing hormone test gives a woman a full day’s notice of her ovulation period, the sweat test gives her a four-day advance warning at most.

You can also calculate ovulation with ovulation calendars: