While it is possible to guess the time of ovulation each month, it may be difficult to be certain about them. Ovulation is a significant part of women’s menstrual cycle. If the symptoms are carefully observed that are associated with ovulation, it becomes a lot easier to identify the time and signs and symptoms of ovulation.
- What does ovulation mean?
- When do you ovulate?
- The signs and symptoms for ovulation-
- 1. Changes in cervical mucus discharge
- 2. Change in the Cervix
- 3. The rise in the temperature of the Basal body
- 4. Mild pelvic and lower abdominal discomfort or pain
- 5. Mild discharge
- 6. Bloating
- 7. Faster pulse rate
- 8. Increase in libido
- How to increase the chances of ovulation?
If you are thinking of getting pregnant, it is important to know the time of ovulation. Even if it is not about getting pregnant, identifying the ovulation period helps to get a better picture and understanding of the menstrual cycle and spotting any abnormal ovulation symptoms.
What does ovulation mean?
Ovulation is a phase when one or both the ovaries release mature eggs, setting the stage for fertilization. During this period, the eggs travel down the fallopian tube where there is a possibility of the eggs getting fertilized. This time is the most fertile stage during the menstrual cycle.
When do you ovulate?
Ovulation takes place approximately once every month for an average healthy woman, just a few weeks right after the menstruation begins. On average, women can expect ovulation on day 14 from the beginning of menstruation, but it is not the same for everyone.
It is important to get familiar with the body’s menstrual cycle and ovulation symptoms for at least three months, to predict the ovulation period.
The signs and symptoms for ovulation-
1. Changes in cervical mucus discharge
Cervical mucus changes occur in most women, making it a strong indicator of the ovulation period. The volume of cervical discharge is expected to increase, as the body produces more estrogen as you near the ovulation period, causing the cervical mucus to become more clear and jelly-like, resembling egg white. The amount of cervical mucus and texture of cervical discharge depends from woman to woman.
2. Change in the Cervix
During ovulation, the cervix gets a bit softer, higher and more open. To check on the cervix, insert the finger into the vagina everyday to know when it opens. Place the finger in until you feel nub. It can take time to identify and understand these differences and can take some time. During ovulation the cervix feels softer like touching the earlobes, but after the ovulation it feels a bit stiff and sturdy.
3. The rise in the temperature of the Basal body
The Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is the temperature of the body at rest. For most of the women, the BBT would below ovulation and may experience a rise in BBT after ovulation. The BBT is a reliable symptom to check the ovulation period. But by the time you find out the increase in BBT, it would be too late as the ovulation period would come to an end. But it can be used to determine the ovulation period in the coming menstrual cycles.
4. Mild pelvic and lower abdominal discomfort or pain
Some women experience slight pain and discomfort during the time of ovulation. It is similar to menstrual cramps but an indicator of ovulation. The pain stays for a few minutes to a few hours. Some of them might notice slight vaginal bleeding or may feel nauseous along with the ache.
5. Mild discharge
There is no need to panic if you notice brown discharge or any spotting, it may be just a sign of ovulation and is very normal. This symptom can occur when the follicle that surrounds the mature egg stretches and grows, resulting in a slight discharge. If the spotting persists, consult a physician.
Although it is difficult to identify bloating as a symptom of ovulation, the fluid retention in the abdomen occurs while ovulating. However, fluid retention is also a symptom on the first day of menstrual flow.
7. Faster pulse rate
The rate of the pulse during rest is usually higher at two beats per minute during ovulation whereas it is at the lowest during periods. It increases around two or five days before ovulation
8. Increase in libido
The estrogen levels increase during ovulation, resulting in increased sex drive. But it is an uncertain indicator as it can also be experienced after the ovulation phase. It is indeed nature’s way of reminding us to keep species alive!
While checking over these symptoms helps us to map out the ovulation period during the menstrual cycle, there are many other factors that disrupt the ovulation period
- The timing varies from woman to woman. Also, it is possible that the ovulation time period may be different in different menstrual cycles and it may also differ based on different age groups.
- For some women, ovulation does not take place in every menstrual cycle and can be irregular. Pregnancy, birth control pills, and menopause are few of the reasons why you won’t ovulate.
- Certain diseases and disorders hinder the maturation of eggs such as polycystic ovary syndrome premature ovarian failure to name a few, as well as certain medications, interfere with the body’s hormones and can stop ovulation for certain periods of time. Other factors that disrupt the ovulation period can be stress or abnormal weight issues.
To check whether you are ovulating normally or not, you can look over the following alternatives-
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- No periods for some part of the year
- Ovulation test results that are negative
- Shorter or longer menstrual cycles
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How to increase the chances of ovulation?
There are few things that you can keep in check to ensure healthy ovulation. Maintaining healthy ovulation increases the chances of getting pregnant as well as ensures that the menstrual cycles are normal and periodic
- Avoid food with trans fats, artery-clogging fats that are mostly found in commercially prepared and pre-packed cooked foods and fast foods.
- Avoid saturated oils and use oils like olive or canola oil
- Avoid animal protein and include proteins from plants like beans and nuts
- Too much exercise can affect the ovulation process. If you have any medical condition, seek expert advice on the exercises that are suitable for your body
- Crash dieting, fasting, and improper eating habits can affect the menstrual cycle that can eventually disrupt ovulation.
It is important to keep observing changes in the body to better track the overall menstrual health. Ovulation is a significant indicator of the overall hormonal health of women.
Did you try tracking your ovulation period? Let us know in the comment section below.