Some women will notice a few symptoms of ovulation before it actually takes place, but for others, these symptoms will only occur after ovulation has taken place. Therefore, it is wise to always use other ovulation tests, such as ovulation predictor kits and ovulation calculators if you want to get pregnant.
Top 5 Symptoms of Ovulation – Changes in Cervical/Vaginal Discharge
This one is one is considered as a sign of impending ovulation, but you have to be quite keen or it will pass you by. When ovulation is approaching, you will notice that your vaginal discharge will take on a raw white-egg appearance, if you stretch it between your fingers, it will stretch an inch or so. The downside of depending on this sign is that some medication such as antihistamines can actually dry your vaginal discharge. Also, sometimes you may notice this change but fail to ovulate for one reason or another.
Top 5 Symptoms of Ovulation – Increased Libido/Sexual Desire
You should be able to notice that your sexual desire increases around the time you ovulate. This is nature’s way of ensuring you have sex around thid time so that your egg gets fertilized as soon as it has been released. The downside of depending on this symptom to detect ovulation is that the stress and depression that is normally associated with trying to conceive can lower or squash sexual feelings.
Top 5 Symptoms of Ovulation – Body Basal Temperature
Charting or monitoring body basal temperature (BBT) is perhaps the oldest method of tracking approaching ovulation. BBT is the body’s temperature when it is at rest and is monitored daily, first thing in the morning, using a special thermometer. Your BBT will change throughout your cycle but tends to be at its highest immediately after ovulation.
The downside of using this symptom to predict ovulation is that by the time most women notice it, ovulation has already taken place and it is too late to have baby-making sex.
Top 5 Symptoms of Ovulation – Ovulation Pain
Ovulation pain, also known as mittelschmerz(German word meaning middle pain), is also among the various symptoms of ovulation, but only affect around 20% of all women. Ovulation pain is characterized by a sharp pain on either side of the abdomen. Sometimes, the pain may fade into a dull ache and may even spread into the pelvis and the back causing back pain.
Top 5 Symptoms of Ovulation – Breast Tenderness
Some women may have tender breasts before, during, and after ovulation. This is normally caused by hormones rushing into the breasts in preparation for potential pregnancy. This symptom is not a clear indicator of pending ovulation because it can also be a sign of an approaching period, or an early pregnancy. It can also be a side effect of some fertility treatments.
The only sure way to detect approaching ovulation is to take an ovulation test, or to use an ovulation calculator.