Basal body temperature increases
Basal charting involves taking your temperature first thing in the morning every day of your cycle. When you ovulate, the hormone progesterone causes your temperature to rise. It will remain elevated through the end of your cycle. Then, just before your period starts, the hormone progesterone drops. This means your basal body temperature will drop too—unless you’re pregnant, in which case your temperatures will remain higher because progesterone will stay high.
Most women track for a month or two before they get the hang of this method, so it is best to start tracking before you start trying to conceive.
There are three changes your cervix goes through during your cycle. Before you are fertile your cervix will be lower in the vagina and feel hard, dry and closed. As you approach your most fertile days it changes position. It moves back and up, it maybe so high you can’t reach it. Estrogen softens the cervical tissue, making it feel softer (or less firm) when you’re most fertile. To give you an idea of what you are looking for, it feels like the tip of your nose when you’re not fertile and like the firmness of your lips when you are fertile. This change allows sperm to enter the uterus.
Cervical mucus (CM) increase
The same hormones that change your cervix affect cervical mucus. Also known as cervical fluid or vaginal discharge. You may notice the increase in cervical mucus when checking the position of your cervix, or you may notice it the tissue paper when going going for a wee. The amount of cervical mucus varies by woman and sometimes by cycle and it usually has no relation to fertility.
As you approach ovulation, your estrogen levels begin to surge, which causes your cervix to secrete more cervical mucus. This mucus resembles an egg white consistency and can be stretched between your finger and thumb.
You may notice some extra water weight between periods, it may be due to ovulation.
Headaches and/or nausea
Some women may experience some unwanted side effects during ovulation, such as headaches or nausea, this is due to hormonal changes around the time of ovulation.
Ovulation pain or abdominal cramping
Some women experience cramping pain during ovulation. This pain is called Mittleshmerz for the German words that mean “middle” and “pain.” The pain can vary in length and intensity. Not all women experience this. It is also common to not experience this every month.
Tender or sore breasts
You may experience some breast tenderness, because of the hormones surging through your body during ovulation. It should only last a day or two, and is similar to what you experience during your menstrual period.
Increased sex drive
Some women notice that their sex drive increases during ovulation, which might be Mother Nature’s way of ensuring we keep the species alive and well!
Heightened sense of smell
For some women, a more sensitive sense of smell in the latter half of a normal menstruation cycle can be a sign of ovulation. In this fertile phase, your body is primed to be more attracted to the male pheromone androstenone.
Light spotting or discharge
This ovulation symptom can occur when the follicle that surrounds and protects the developing oocyte, or egg, matures, grows and then ruptures, resulting in a small amount of bleeding. The vaginal discharge may range from red to dark brown.
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