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Published on: 25 Jan 2017 by anajasko

Most Common Ovulation Symptoms


Ovulation is a part of
woman’s reproductive cycle. This will be manifested physically
through various ovulation symptoms. During this process, the ovary
will produce an egg which will form into a fetus after it is
connected with a man’s sperm cell.

When Does Ovulation Take
Place

If your menstrual cycle
is regular, expect that your ovaries will be producing an egg 14 days
after your last menstruation. During this phase, ovulation symptoms
can be manifested through odd physical experiences. However, the
calendar method of determining your fertility will not work on a
woman who ovulates irregularly because of hormonal imbalances.

And
because their ovulation does not fall on similar dates, they should
rely on various ovulation signs and symptoms to determine if they are
fertile or not. Hence, women with irregular periods must know
specific ovulation predictors and indicators so they can assess
themselves whether they are in the right phase of their reproductive
cycle.



If you have irregular
menstruation, you have the tendency to not get pregnant easily since
you never really know when your ovaries will produce an egg. However,
this will not be the case if you know how to spot ovulation symptoms.




Below are the three most
common ovulation symptoms:


Increased Vaginal
Secretions


The first symptom is
increased aginal secretion. If you will take the time to check your
cervical mucus, you can observe that during ovulation, the mucus is
slimy, transparent and stretchable. On the contrary, when there is no
ovulation, the cervical mucus is sticky and white. Aside from
increased vaginal secretions, a lot of women have claimed that they
have been experiencing increased libido or strong desire to have sex
during this time in their cycle.

Rapid Changes in Basal
Body Temperature


One of the ovulation
symptoms is the rapid changes in the basal body temperature. You need
to employ a thermometer to detect if you are going through this
symptom. If you are using this method to detect if you are ovulating
or not, you have to know that you need to monitor your body
temperature regularly for 30 days for it to be effective. This must
be done every morning in 30 minutes after waking up, before you get
out from your bed.

And since we know for a fact that body heat is
generated once we do something, it is suggested that you place your
thermometer on your bedside table so you do not have to get up to get
it. This way, you will most likely get accurate results. And if you
notice that your body temperature suddenly decreases on a particular
day and increases the day following it, you are most likely in the
ovulation phase of your menstrual cycle.

One-Sided Pain of the
Lower Abdomen


The third most common
ovulation symptom is the one-sided pain felt on the lower abdomen.
This condition is otherwise known as the Mittleschmerz. This painful
sensation is produced as the fertilized egg travels to the fallopian
tube. This may occur for several hours several times in a day.




Using a confirmation test
to check for ovulation



If
you really want to be sure, you can try using an Ovulation Predictor
Test. These are sometimes called “OPK tests”. This is usually
done by collecting your urine and dipping a special paper in it or
using a test stick. You would notice that the strip contains 2 lines.
And if the test line appears to be darker than the control line, this
means that you are highly fertile. This must be done every day for
one week. And this has to be performed a week prior to your expected
ovulation date. However, this method can be expensive.

You may need
to spend around $10 up to $20 for the test kit.




Less Common Ovulation
Symptoms




Aside from the major
signs of ovulation, there are also less common ovulation symptoms.
They may not be used as confirmation manifestation but they can help
to verify if you are ovulating or not. And because they are not as
reliable as the other signs in the body, these signs are sometimes
referred to as the secondary symptoms of ovulation. Among these are
spotting, nausea and headaches. Sometimes, women experience breast
tenderness as well.



These secondary symptoms
of ovulation may be used as indicators of pregnancy but because they
are very non-specific, they are not considered to be reliable. For
instance, breast tenderness can be felt by women during pregnancy but
this can also be experienced by a woman who is undergoing her
menstrual cycle. Moreover, spotting may signify a lot of other
medical conditions like impending abortion or some types of cervical
problems.




Ovulation signs can be
identified if you know your body well. You need to be familiar with
these indicators. They can be very helpful if you are planning to get
pregnant or if you do not want to conceive a baby. You need to know
that using contraceptives to prevent pregnancy may not be enough. In
fact a lot of women have got pregnant despite using these barriers to
pregnancy.

Hence, it is still best to know the signs of ovulation so
you can be aware when will be your most fertile days.

And to be more
effective in your family planning, you need to combine the natural
and artificial method of contraception and this includes your
knowledge about ovulation signs as well.

Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mittelschmerz/basics/definition/con-20025507

http://www.bellybelly.com.au/conception/ovulation-symptoms/

http://menstrual-cycle-calculator.com/tender-breasts-ovulation-pregnancy/

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