How can I tell if I'm ovulating?
Real Mom Problem
“What are the best signs that you are ovulating? My husband and I are trying for a baby but I am never really sure when I ovulate.”
- 1. Some women experience strong ovulation symptoms including cramping, bloating, and a change in cervical mucus
- 2. Others use the aid of ovulation predictor kits, or charting their temperature to help determine ovulation
- 3. You might also consider checking the position of your cervix
- 4. You are most fertile the few days leading up to ovulation and the day immediately following
Real Mom Solutions
Knowing when you ovulate can be a key tool in helping you conceive. Find out from these moms some of the most common ovulation symptoms, and easiest ways to tell when you're ovulating.
Learn to Recognize Your Body's Changes
Your cervical mucus changes when you ovulate. First it becomes watery and clear, then really "snotty" or "stringy" like egg whites. When this happens you are ovulating. Once you have ovulated, your cervical mucus changes again to a white sticky/clumpy discharge for a few days. Start watching your mucus. You can monitor it for a few months and be able to know when you are ovulating.
You can check your cervix as well. After doing your business, insert a clean dry finger into your vagina. Reach up until you can find your cervix. Do this for awhile and you'll be able to tell the changes in your cervix. As you become fertile, it will get higher up and harder to reach. It will also get softer. Infertile, it feels almost like the end of your nose. Fertile, it feels more like your lips. The little hole in the cervix will also open up, though it may be hard to recognize that while you're learning.
There are a few different signs and symptoms of ovulation or an impending ovulation. It took me a few months of charting to figure out my signs of ovulation. One thing is cramps - some women feel them badly, others not at all. Second is your cervical mucus, usually egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) is considered very fertile mucus, but after charting I learned I don't normally get EWCM, my fertile mucus is more watery. Other symptoms include increased sex drive, getting a positive ovulation predictor kit (OPK), spotting, and bloating. But remember, not all women experience any or all of these! If you're really looking to pinpoint ovulation each month you should consider getting OPKs.
I get cervical mucus and I start craving all sorts of sweets.
When you're starting to notice some type of symptoms, you could time it from the date of your last period. I usually start ovulating about 10 to 12 days after my last period ends. I know exactly when I do because the first symptom for me is clear mucus that comes out when I wipe. It's usually "stringy." That will last about two days and about a week later I start getting a little crampy, sore boobs, headache, fatigue and VERY moody....theeeeeere's PMS!
Learn to Pinpoint Your Ovulation
Temping and ovulation predictor kits are the most reliable way to check for ovulation. You can also add cervical position and cervical mucus to make it even more trackable. Most women also experience symptoms like cramps, acne, sore boobs, etc. Used all together, these make tracking and determining ovulation better than a calendar!
You could track your temps and look out for changes in your cervical mucus. When it starts to resemble egg whites you are fertile. I know some people even check cervical positions.
I used ovulation test kits. I finally knew what day I ovulated. I had clear cervical mucus, and a sharp quick pain in my lower abdomen. I was more sensitive to sex, my nipples got perky and hard, and my breasts swelled. Everyone is different and may not have the same symptoms that I had.