Are You Ovulating? 11 Signs of Ovulation When You Are Trying To Conceive
You don't want to buy expensive ovulation predictor kits, but still want to figure out when ovulation occurs? Check for these symptoms within your body to help you identify your fertile window and get pregnant!
When you first start on your TTC journey, the first thing that you are going to realize is that it's very important to figure out when you ovulate. During each menstrual cycle, you have a very short period of time in which you can actually be fertilized. So once the egg is released from one of your ovaries, the egg will survive for about 12 to 24 hours before it starts breaking down.
Let's say that the average cycle is about 28 days long. So within a 28-day long period, you have about 12 to 24 hours in which your egg can actually be fertilized. You can see why timing is really important and more specifically figuring out when you actually ovulate is extremely important when you're trying to get pregnant.
There are tons of expensive ovulation kits and tests. You can also go to your doctor to figure out how to to actually test for ovulation. But if you're not quite ready to get those tests done or to spend the money on those ovulation kits, don't worry because I have you covered in this article!
I'm going to share with you 11 symptoms that will be able to tell you when you're actually ovulating.
1. Increase in your sex drive
As you get closer to ovulating, you get an increase in estrogen and an increase in luteinizing hormone. When those hormones increase, more specifically when estrogen increases, it can give you a boost in your libido. Also on the other hand, after you ovulate then progesterone will start to increase, and when progesterone increases it can actually reduce your sex drive. So this thing with progesterone is actually kind of interesting because it might explain why some women feel like they have a really low sex drive when they're on birth control pills. More specifically birth control pills that contain progesterone.
2. Your skin may appear more clear and more radiant
Have you ever noticed that during your period, or right before your period, your skin breaks out? Then it seems like mid-cycle your skin looks a lot better than it does for the rest of the cycle?
This is all due to hormones. Again, so as estrogen increases closer to the time of your ovulation, estrogen apparently does all this amazing stuff for us. One of which is makes our skin brighter, more clear, more radiant.
3. Boost in your mood
You have a better mood during this time of the cycle because of estrogen. Some of the crazy things that estrogen can do is actually increase the amount of serotonin in your body, as well as increase the amount of serotonin receptors in your brain.
4. Heightened sense of smell
Studies have been done on this and apparently women have a higher sense of smell when they're ovulating. More specifically smelling male pheromones.
So these first four symptoms are kind of like fun very positive symptoms to look forward to. But the next symptoms that I'm going to tell you are not so much.
5. Breasts tenderness
This is more for women who have low progesterone levels. You might find that your breasts are more tender right when you ovulate.
6. Ovulation cramps
Ovulation cramps happen in about 20% of women. It doesn't happen all of the time for those women, it can only happen occasionally. So you there's good chance that this won't even happen for you, but the possibility is there. Ovulation cramps are just a little bit of cramping or pain on either side of your pelvis and so that pain is coming from whichever ovary is releasing the egg. That could be the left or the right and that pain is just coming from the actual rupturing of the follicle of the ovarian follicle to release the egg.
7. Abdominal bloating
Abdominal bloating happens with the surge in luteinizing hormone. It happens right before you ovulate. The surge in luteinizing hormone can possibly cause water retention, which can possibly make you feel like you have abdominal bloating.
8. Little bit of spotting
Little bit of spotting may occur mid-cycle, so obviously not when you're supposed to get your period. It will happen right at the time of ovulation, before your progesterone starts to increase. So basically what's happening is your estrogen has increased which is growing your uterine lining but the progesterone is what thickens your uterine lining. Because your progesterone has not risen yet, then the uterine lining has not thickened, so there could be a spotting.
9. Swollen lymph nodes
Swollen lymph nodes actually happens in about 70% of women. It's actually pretty common but it's such a tiny little swelling that it's hard to notice. So you've probably never even been aware of it. Lymph nodes are little glands that are all throughout your body, but there are lymph nodes right where you would imagine your ovaries might be, on the left and right side of your pelvis. What may happen with the lymph node swelling is that whatever side, whichever ovary your egg has released, your lymph node may swell up only to the size of a pea. If you want to become more aware of this symptom, you will have to test out and feel in that area throughout your cycle so that you can see what it feels like on a non ovulation period. When you actually do feel a little pea-sized bump, there you know that could be signaling that you've just ovulated.
10. Changes in your cervical mucus
Your cervical mucus will change with your hormones throughout the entire month. But the type of mucus or fluid that you are looking for to indicate that you're ovulating is what they call egg whites. It's stretchy, it's very lubricated and that's the kind of cervical mucus that is really going to support sperm making its way up into your uterus and up into the fallopian tubes.
11. Change in your cervix position
When you ovulate, your cervix rises and it also softens. So usually it feels like more firm because it is tightly closed and it doesn't want to allow anything into your uterus. But when you ovulate, it obviously wants the opposite. It wants sperm to come inside of you, so it will soften up, open up and it will get higher.
So those are my 11 physical symptoms that you can pay attention to in your own body to help you discover when you may be ovulating. As you can tell, a lot of these symptoms are your body's way of supporting you and trying to get pregnant by increasing your sex drive, and your mood, and opening up your cervix, and creating this wonderful cervical mucus that is helping the sperm make its way up to get you pregnant.