Trying to conceive can be harder for some women. Factors such as irregular menstrual cycles, hormone imbalance, and medical issues can prevent a woman from ovulating. This makes it harder to conceive. It is important to know when you are ovulating so that you can baby dance and potentially get your BFP (big fat positive). Here are 8 signs that you are ovulating.
What is Ovulation?
Ovulation occurs when an mature egg is released from one of your ovaries. Once the egg is released there is a window of 24-48 hours for it to be fertilized before it is discarded. Once the egg is fertilized, it will make its way to the uterus where it will begin the implantation process. When implantation occurs you might experience light bleeding or brownish red discharge. If the egg is not fertilized, it will be discarded during your menstrual cycle.
8 Signs That You are Ovulating!
1. Change in Discharge
When you are ovulating, you will experience a change in your vaginal discharge. Your discharge will become very slippery and stretchy. Your discharge will also become wet and thin unlike the thick dry discharge you will have throughout the month .This is a sign that you are fertile and ready to conceive.
2. Abdominal Pain
Some women experience cramps and abdominal discomfort when they ovulate. This pain usually occurs two weeks before your expected period. Ovulation pain feels like a pulling or tugging feeling from one or both of your ovaries.
Headaches are very common when you are ovulating. These headaches are caused by hormonal changes during your fertile window. The headaches will usual subside once your fertile window has passed.
Nausea is a symptom that some women experience during ovulation. This is caused by the increase production of hormones. When estrogen production is high, your body will produce more digestive juices causing nausea during ovulation. Try eating light small meals to alleviate nausea.
5.Change in Libido
During ovulation you might notice an increased in your libido. This happens because estrogen is in high production causing you to be more aroused during your ovulation window. When you are trying to conceive it is best that you baby dance before during and after ovulation. This will increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Before the start of your period and during ovulation, your breast may become tender and heavy. Your hormones are also to blame for this symptom of ovulation. Breast tenderness can also occur during early pregnancy.
7.Changes in Basal Temperature
Basal temperature is your body temperature at rest. When ovulation occurs, there may be a slight increase in your resting body temperature. You can use a regular thermometer to track your basal temperature. This is the easiest and cheapest way to track ovulation.
During ovulation your cervix will go through significant chances. Your cervix will become soft and moist. Its position will also change during ovulation. When ovulation occurs, your cervix will be pushed closer to your vagina. This will make it easier for sperm to reached the egg.
How to Track Ovulation?
1. Track Basal Temperature
Kindara is an amazing way to track your ovulation and fertility. It is a great app that can educate you on fertility and what you can do to increase your chances of conceiving. Better understanding your body can help you conceive sooner and easier.
2. Menstruation Tracking
It is very important to track your menstruation when trying to conceive. If you are not having a period every month, contact your doctor. They may prescribe you medication to make your periods regular.
There are several devices that can monitor your fertility by analyzing your hormone levels using your blood, urine, and saliva. You can also seek fertility monitoring from a fertility specialist. Consulting with a fertility specialist can help you uncover underlying issues that might be preventing you from getting pregnant. However fertility treatment is very expensive and the cost can add up pretty quickly.
There are several ways to monitor your ovulation. You can take ovulation tests to see when you are ovulating or use a ovulation tracker. With an ovulation test you will take use a urine sample to test for your fertile window. An ovulation tracker works by using the days of your period to predict when you will ovulate.
Can You Make Yourself Ovulate?
If you are not ovulating the chances of you getting pregnant or slim to none. You can make lifestyle changes such as losing weight, not drinking or smoking, and exercising. These all can help you ovulate. If these changes aren’t helping you conceive, contact your health care provider or fertility specialist. Medications such as Clomid can promote ovulation, increasing your chances of getting pregnant.