It is very crucial for women to get tuned to their body changes and signals, and be aware of their ovulation cycles to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Tracking ovulation will make women attuned to cycles and rhythms of their body such that they are now able to gauge correctly, when something goes off beat.
Knowing ovulation schedule correctly will help one to boost chances of pregnancy, when one is trying hard to conceive. There are many signals that impart information about our ovulation cycles. It is necessary for every woman to know about her ovulation cycles, by being little more observant.
Seven Important Signs Of Ovulation
Know Your Menstrual Cycles
For women with regular cycles, this is actually helpful. Count the first day of your next period and then back calculate by subtracting 16 days from it. The resulting day is the start of ovulation cycle that continues for next 5 to 6 days. This 6 to 7 days period is your ovulating period.
So, those planning for a pregnancy should try conceiving on these days and those who do not wish to, should refrain from any sexual activity during these days. Those women with irregular cycles, should not consider this method for depicting their ovulation cycles, but rather rely on other signs of ovulation.
Mild Abdominal Cramps
In around 20 percent women, during ovulation a clear cut sign in form of series of cramps or twinge of pain in the lower abdomen can be felt. This is the signal of maturation of egg and its release from the ovary. These pains and cramps are usually very mild, unlike that during menstrual cycles. Paying regular attention, a woman may be able to distinguish the two different phases and their corresponding signals.
A few days after ovulation, the basal temperature rises by 0.4 to 1 degree Fahrenheit. The basal body temperature is the minimal body temperature within a 24 hour period.
Women ought to be most fertile two to three days before the increase in basal body temperature is being observed.
Clear And Slippery Vaginal Discharge
During ovulation, the vaginal discharge appears more clear and slippery, somewhat like an egg white texture. On other days vaginal discharge is more dry form and usually very little, but during ovulation, much high amounts of stretchy cervical mucus is observed. This high amount of vaginal discharge helps sperms to swim towards the fallopian tubes to fertilize the released egg.
Increased Sexual Urge
Women tend to show higher sexual urges during ovulation days due to hormonal changes. This is the nature’s way of increasing chances of getting conceived, during the most fertile phase. Even men may find women more attractive during this period due to release of pheromones.
Change In Cervix
Cervix appears softer during days of ovulation and is noticeably open, somewhat like puckered lips. But, on other days it feels hard like the end structure of the nose. When a woman is not ovulating, the cervix descends and makes intercourse more uncomfortable, but during ovulation it becomes more open making intercourse smoother.
Increased Levels Of Luteinizing Hormone
There are ovulating kits available that test for high levels of luteinizing hormones (LH) that is the clear sign of fertility and ovulation. This is the most accurate method based on dipstick format that uses the urine sample to estimate LH that goes up one day before the release the of egg from ovary. Hence, one can plan pregnancy with help of these reliable tests.