If you are trying to get pregnant, you know that having intercourse during ovulation is essential. Ovulation only happens during a small window of time, which is why it is important that you know when the process is happening so you don't miss your opportunity. If needed you can buy an ovulation kit that will help you track your ovulation; however, some women are able to tell when they are ovulating from signs in the their body. Here are a couple things you should look for.
1. An Increase In Body Temperature
Throughout the month your body temperature should remain pretty constant. However, right before you ovulate you will notice a drop in your body temperature. Then right as ovulation occurs there will be a surge in temperature. Although it may be hard to predict the exact moment, you can track your temperature over a couple months and you will see a pattern. If you take your temperature every single day throughout the month you will be able to see what days you are preparing to ovulate and when you actually release the egg. When you body temperature is highest would be the optimal time to conceive.
2. A Change In Cervical Fluid
When you ovulate your body will experience a change in cervical fluid. It is as if the body is preparing for intercourse by releasing an extra amount of discharge and fluid. This is why many women notice that they are wetter and that they have a cloudy white discharge when they ovulate.
This fluid could last for a couple days or only on the day that you ovulate. The important thing is recognizing when it is present because this would be a good time to try and conceive.
3. Stomach Cramping
When you ovulate you might notice that you have cramps that are similar to menstrual cramps. These cramps will be in the lower abdomen and will not be as strong as during a period, but you still may feel discomfort and pain. This is the uterus contracting and releasing an egg to prepare the body for pregnancy.
4. Breast Tenderness
Because the hormones change drastically during ovulation, you should expect to see some changes in your breasts. Many women experience pain, swelling, and tenderness when they ovulate. This is a sign that your hormone levels are high because the ovary has just released an egg.
By paying attention to these bodily changes you can know when you are ovulating and have a better chance to successfully conceive. If you would like more tips and information, contact a gynecology specialist such as Central Iowa OB/Gyn Specialists, PLC.
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