SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF OVULATIONConception
Do you feel ready to have a baby? How exciting. There is a window of time each month where your odds of pregnancy increase. This is called ovulation and occurs on average 15 days after the first day of last period and lasts around 24 hours. This is when the egg releases from the ovary and travels down the fallopian tube in hopes to be fertilized by a sperm. Your body offers subtle hints when it is ovulation, which can increase your chances of conceiving if you time intercourse right. Read on to learn about ovulation symptoms.
1. Time your periods
The average cycle is between 21- 35 days, with a 28 day cycle being most common. To chart your cycle, use our tracker starting with the first day of your period to the first day of your next. Ovulation occurs around day 14-15 and tracking this, along with other symptoms of ovulation will help increase your odds of conceiving.
2. Cervical mucous changes
Throughout your cycle your cervical mucous changes. After your period, you will hardly notice any mucous, and as your hormones rise, your body will begin to produce a sticky mucous, changing to creamy, and at your peak fertile time it will be the same consistency of egg whites. A good test to know if you are fertile is to take your discharge between your finger and thumb and stretch it. It should stretch more than an inch. If it does, it is the perfect time for intercourse.
3. Cervical changes
Your cervix plays an important role in conceiving. It is the bottom part of your uterus that connects it to your vagina. It allows sperm through to fertilize your egg at a certain time of your cycle.
- Before your fertile phase: Your cervix will feel hard and dry (you can feel it by inserting a finger into your vagina and reaching to the top.
- Fertile phase: As you get closer to ovulating, your cervix will feel softer, higher, open and moist (increased cervical fluid). Chart this time on your tracker.
- After fertile phase: It will feel similar to before your fertile phase (hard and dry).
4. Basal Body temperature (BBT)
After you ovulate, high levels of progesterone will cause your basal body temperature to rise slightly (only around 0.5 -1 degree Celsius) and it will stay elevated until the end of your cycle. This won’t help to conceive on your first cycle, but is possible to track to help predict when you’re fertile in your future cycles.
To check your BBT, check your temperature at the same time every day with a digital thermometer that can measure to the tenth of a degree. On the first day of your period, take your temperature as soon as you wake. Take it before you even sit up in bed, as movement can raise your temperature.
Track this and you will notice your temperature shift one to two days after ovulation. This will help you decipher your most fertile days.